This third annual showcase of one-person performances, featuring more than 30 pieces, runs through 10/10 at the Athenaeum Theatre, third-floor studio, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets are $15 per show; “all access” passes cost $90. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 312-902-1500 or logging on to; single-show tickets are also available at the door. For more infor-mation call 312-371-4476 or see Following is the schedule through 9/26; a complete schedule is available online at


Diary of a Baby Diva and Essential Personnel

Holly Bass uses “comedy, monologues, lip-synching, and musical dance sequences” to explore her move from a conservative suburban Baptist background to New York’s gay nightclub scene in Diary of a Baby Diva. Slam poet Al Letson’s Essential Personnel is a “journey through the dark side of the American landscape” told through the lives of eight characters. 7:30 PM


Diary of a Baby Diva and Essential Personnel

See listing for Thu 9/16. 7:30 PM


The John Doe Project and The Last Castrato

Seth Weitberg’s The John Doe Project invites the audience to “revel in the world of quirks and insecurities that we all have.” Local improviser Andy Eninger’s The Last Castrato is a new scripted solo work. 7:30 PM


Kristina Wong “subverts your typical notions of pretentious performance art.” 9:30 PM


Grasp and True Porn Clerk Stories

Laurel Coppock ponders desire in Grasp, and Ali Davis’s True Porn Clerk Stories continues the theme. 2 PM

The Last Castrato

See listing for Sat 9/18. 5 PM

Free? and Motif

Motif is an improvised one-person show by Andre Washington. See listing for Sat 9/18 for information on Free? 7:30 PM


Debutante Balls and I Enjoy Being a Girl

Scott Turner Schofield takes on gender, class, and culture below the Mason-Dixon Line in Debutante Balls. I Enjoy Being a Girl charts Amy Rhodes’s search for identity. 7:30 PM


Living Inside Myself, Debutante Balls, and Pop Culture Princess

Jamie Black’s Living Inside Myself recounts his experiences as a female-to-male transsexual. Black is brave to expose his experience onstage, but the show flounders. It seems he wants to cover his whole life, and that means skating on the surface of emotion rather than delving deeply into four or five stories. (JV) Elizabeth Whitney’s Pop Culture Princess is a “campy journey through our collective popular culture unconscious.” See listing for Thu 9/23 for information on Debutante Balls. 7:30 PM

Ghostlands of Urban NdN

Robert Greygrass examines his Lakota heritage. 9:30 PM


My Dirty Little Secret

Marianna Runge is both the epitome and the antithesis of the Chicago monologuist. Like hordes of her colleagues, she’s decided to turn her life story into a performance piece. But while many of her peers merely demonstrate their eagerness to get really upset in front of strangers, Runge thinks her way through her confusing life and leaves the emotional response to the audience. The premise of this hour-long piece is simple. Runge has hidden two aspects of her life from nearly everyone: her devout Catholicism and her work as a phone sex operator. Rather than separating the two sides into distinct acts, she lets them bleed into each other, which produces a hallucinogenic effect. Best of all, she uses her experiences to explore the archetypal quests for faith and identity, giving her tiny anecdotes a universal resonance. (JHa) 2 PM

Will Sell Out for Money and Slow Children Playing

Thea Lux uses an eight-piece band and “goofy slide presentations” in her examination of ambition, Will Sell Out for Money. Anna Marie Agniel takes on the character of a girl “incredibly different from you” in Slow Children Playing. 5 PM

Ghostlands of Urban NdN

See listing for Fri 9/24. 7:30 PM

Pop Culture Princess

See listing for Fri 9/24. 9:30 PM


Ghostlands of Urban NdN

See listing for Fri 9/24. 2 PM

Homecoming and My Dirty Little Secret

Marc Warzecha discusses moving back in with the parents in Homecoming. He also promises comments on George W. Bush, John Kerry, and “a priest who takes confession from the audience.” See listing for Sat 9/25 for information on My Dirty Little Secret. 5 PM

Living Inside Myself

See listing for Fri 9/24. 7:30 PM