Short Story Theatre to Host Evening of Storytelling, 5/4

Short Story Theatre presents an evening of storytelling on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at Miramar Bistro, 301 Waukegan Ave., in Highwood. Tickets are $10, cash or check at the door. For pre-show dinner reservations : 847-433-1078.

On the roster for the evening are Scott Woldman of Chicago, Kristen Scott of Deerfield, Benita Haberman of Vernon Hills, Denise Kirshenbaum of Wilmette, and Bob Rubin of Hawthorn Woods. The show is produced by Rick Leslie of Highland Park and Donna Lubow of Riverwoods.

Scott Woldman will share a coming of age story entitled "Hit the Slopes," about love skiing and inappropriate touching.

In her story about the thin line between laughter and pain, ?Kristen Scott recounts an episode with her son that was no laughing matter. Her story is entitled "Laugh at Your Own Risk."

Sisters-in-law Benita Haberman and Denise Kirshenbaum together remember the drama of taking care of their special "boy" cousins in "The Story of Bobby and Sheldon."

Bob Rubin recalls how the early jobs in his life made him the man he is today in his story "Just Another Bump in the Road."

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Scott Woldman is back with Short Story Theatre for the fourth time. He has performed as an actor, performance poet, storyteller and comedian for over 15 years in venues across the United States. He is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists (most recent play: Beautiful Autistic), Redtwist Theatre, and the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Scott's drama Beaten was produced at The Artistic Home and several of his late-night comedies-including Dates From Hell, Drunk and Ready, and Men Exposed - were produced at Redtwist Theatre as part of their Luv Cycle.

Kristen Scott joins Short Story Theatre on stage for the first time after enjoying many performances as an audience member. Her writing has appeared in theChicago Tribune, Chicago Parent, Pioneer Press,, and two book anthologies. She is a parent of two adult children, and has served as Town Clerk for West Deerfield Township since 2011. Kristen founded and led a support group for parents of children with disabilities for seven years, focusing on the emotional impact of raising extraordinary children, and has spoken on autism to various groups. She blogs at Good Marching: Experiences in Autism and the Rest of Life.

Benita Haberman has been with Short Story Theatre since the premiere performance. She began journaling in grammar school and put her joy of writing to good use during a ten-year career in Special Events fundraising before "retiring" to be a stay-at-home mom. She began writing creative non-fiction while studying with Nancy Beckett at the Lakeside Writing Studio, and later re-entered the work force as a Special Education Student Aide. Benita lives in Vernon Hills with her husband, Marc, and her two teen-age children.

Denise Kirshenbaum learned to write as a member of Nancy Beckett's Lakeside Writing Studio. A one-on-one writing coach herself, Denise blends her writing experience with visual and production skills honed during a 20-year photography career to help clients of all levels achieve their writing goals. Her essays have appeared in literary journals, on the web, and in national magazines, including More and Bark.

Bob Rubin returns to the Short Story Theatre stage for the second time. After Bob finished college at the University of Iowa, there was a simple plan. Go to law school, get married, and join his father's downtown law firm. All of this got detoured because of Bob's desire to become a rock star. While he did not quite accomplish this, he ended up owning and selling a successful import business, and is now a commercial real estate broker. He also spends a lot of time playing competitive USTA Super Senior Tennis and hanging out with his four grandkids. He particularly enjoys sitting down at the piano and jamming with his talented 11-year-old grandson. Life has many circuitous routes, and Bob's dream of becoming a rock star had many of them.

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