Live Bait Theater’s eighth annual showcase of one-person performances features old and new work by a slew of fringe artists. The fest runs through August 30 at Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark; performances take place in the theater’s Bucket space. Tickets are $10 per show; a festival pass to all shows costs $30. Call 773-871-1212 for reservations (tickets are also available online at; check for more information.

Following is the schedule through August 9; a complete schedule is available online at


Fillet of Solo Sampler

David Kodeski and Edward Thomas-Herrera host a program of short solo pieces performed by a rotating ensemble. Tonight’s bill features Rachel Claff, Ilana Manaster, Dan Telfer, Cavan Hallman, and Susan McLaughlin-Karp. 7:30 PM.


Materia Prima

Stephanie Shaw’s autobiographical “mosaic of modern motherhood” is directed by Edward Thomas-Herrera. 7:30 PM.

Fillet of Solo Sampler

See listing for Thursday, August 7. Tonight’s bill features James Kolstad, Sarah Weidman, Meg Graves, Dan Telfer, and Susan McLaughlin-Karp. 9 PM.


Materia Prima

See listing for Friday, August 8. 7:30 PM.

Any Way You Want It

Kristin Garrison is accompanied by a rock band in this program of short scenes examining themes ranging from fear of intimacy and loss of faith to contemporary political paranoia. Chad Eric Bergman directs. Garrison packs a surprising number of ideas into a performance less than 90 minutes long. But even when she’s discussing something weighty, she leavens her observations with humor. Conversely, her gift for comedy keeps the audience alert and off balance, the better to keep their attention even when the topic turns dark. 9:30 PM.