This annual festival of solo performance, now in its fourth year, features more than 20 pieces by local, national, and international artists. It runs through 8/28 at the Breadline Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, and Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets are $20 per show; $12 for students. Tickets for Breadline shows can be purchased at 312-498-3369; Theatre Building Chicago tickets are available at the box office, 773-327-5252. The festival also offers workshops on performance and marketing at Act One Studios, 640 N. LaSalle, suite 535. The workshop registration fee is $45; call 312-787-9384. For more information on the festival, call 312-498-3369 or see Following is the opening night program; a complete schedule is available online at

Thursday 18

Help Wanted: A Personal Search for Meaningful Employment at the Start of the 21st Century and Puppy Love: A Stripper’s Tail

A visitor from Washington, D.C., Josh Lefkowitz recounts his “quest for professional liberty and personal happiness” in Help Wanted. In Puppy Love, Erin Markey “turns and teaches tricks to, for, and with her audience,” instructing them in time-tested techniques of housebreaking and home wrecking. Breadline, 8 PM.