Side Series for truth and reconciliation

Side Series for this production is a series of fiery conversations with visionary experts in the field of restorative justice. This time we are focusing on highlighting current work being done in Chicago. Join us after the show on Fridays 04/07 and 04/14! More info can be found here!

Annalise (Annie) Buth
Annalise (Annie) Buth

04/07: Annalise (Annie) Buth (JD ’07) is the M.R. Bauer Foundation Fellow in Dispute Resolution with the Center on Negotiation and Mediation at Bluhm Legal Clinic. She is developing the center’s restorative justice initiatives. This includes designing and teaching a restorative justice practicum, which provides Northwestern law students with field placements in Chicagoland communities. She also creates other opportunities for law students to support and learn from community-based advocacy and activism. In an effort to build a restorative law school community, she uses peacemaking circles on campus to foster dialogue concerning issues like identity, race, and politics. Annie participates in the Alternative to Incarceration Collaborative, serving youth in greater Roseland, and she also supports a women of color circle at a restorative justice hub in Rogers Park. Additionally, she teaches negotiation and mediates juvenile and misdemeanor cases through the Center for Conflict Resolution. Before returning to Northwestern, Annie worked with the law firm Miller Johnson; a non-governmental organization in South Asia on human trafficking issues; the Michigan Court of Appeals; and LAF’s South Side Office.

Dr. Obari Adeye Cartman

04/14: Dr. Obari Adeye Cartman is a father, son, brother, uncle, thinker, writer, therapist, photographer, and drummer. He is a Chicago native, where his cultural and educational foundations were firmly planted by several African-centered institutions and communities. He received his undergraduate degree from Hampton University and a Ph.D in clinical & community psychology from Georgia State University. He has worked as a therapist is a variety of settings ranging from a family center to a women’s prison. He has worked as a professor of psychology at Georgia State University and the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern University.  Currently Dr. Cartman works as a trauma focused clinician and restorative justice coach with H.E.LP., LLC (Healing Empowering and Learning Professions) in Chicago Public Schools. He also conducts trainings for adults and workshops with youth about maintaining good mental health, critical analysis of hip-hop and media, racial and cultural identity, developing authentic manhood, and healthy relationships. Dr. Cartman’s new book is called “Lady’s Man: Conversations for Young Black Men about Relationships and Manhood.” It is a critical thinking guide that addresses historical trauma, hip hop, emotional intelligence, intimacy, communication, power, purpose and a variety of other topics.

Side Series for The Happiest Place on Earth

Are we excited for our upcoming Side Series? Why yes we are!

What is our Side Series? (Well let me tell you…)

Side Series consists of three nights of fiery conversation with experts ranging from a Moth GrandSLAM champion to an LGBTQ Activist/Oral Historian. These post-show conversations are an opportunity for audience members to share their thoughts and feelings about the performance they have just experienced in a safe, active, and scintillating environment. Get ready to engage with your fellow audience members, peppered by the experiences and insight of our amazing experts!

Who are our experts? (More below. We’ll see you there!) 

September 30th: Lily Be from Stoop-Style Stories:


Lily Be is Chicago’s very own Chingona (bad ass).  An accidental artist living her life of purpose. Lily exists to bring people together to own and share their stories as host and producer of The Stoop at Rosa’s Lounge every last Thursday of the month. She has won some well known storytelling competitions and had been featured on podcasts and radio all over. Lily is also a Teacher at Second City where she teaches a discovering your story class. She is also an artist in residence at Free Street Theater where she is working on her one woman show that will be out in January.

In short, Lily Be is magic. Check her out @Queenlilybe on everything.

October 7th: Jonathan Mayo from Cleaning Closets:



Jonathan Mayo received a Bachelors in Theatre and French from Morehead State University and quickly moved up to Chicago after having done an exchange program at Northeastern Illinois University.  He has worked in an array of positions both onstage and backstage in some of the most renowned theatres including the Goodman Theatre, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and the Chicago Children’s Theatre among many others.  Jonathan also has an extensive history with volunteering for organizations such as the Center On Halsted, the McGaw Y, and The Night Ministry where he serves as the LGBTQ Co-Chair on their Associate Board.  Jonathan combined his passions of producing the arts, community service, and LGBTQ advocacy by creating Cleaning Closets, an oral history project that collects and shares true coming out stories from both sides of the door.  Performances for this project have been seen at University of Illinois Chicago, Northwestern University, and Morehead State University to name a few.  Jonathan believes that the arts can not only entertain but also educate and heal.  

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October 21st: Jeremy Owens from You’re Being Ridiculous:


Jeremy Owens is the creator, producer, and host of You’re Being Ridiculous the long running live-lit show most recently featured as a part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut series in the new 1700 Theatre. His writing has appeared in The Daily Dot, Story Club Magazine, Oy!Chicago, Gapers Block, JUF News, and Thread Literary Magazine. He regularly performs his writing all over the city with such shows as Story Sessions, Story Club, Write Club, That’s All She Wrote, Essay Fiesta, and The Paper Machete.

Meet the Cast of CAUGHT

Sideshow Theatre works with some of the best talent in Chicago. Meet the cast of CAUGHT, by Christopher Chen and directed by Seth Bockley.  The show begins pay-what-you-can previews May 29 and June 1 at Victory Gardens, and runs through July 3.

Ann James is pleased to be back on stage in the Richard Christiansen, where she was last seen in Sideshow’s Antigonick. An artistic associate with Sideshow, she has performed in Idomeneus andMaria/Stuart. Other companies she has worked with include the 16th Street, Goodman, Jackalope, Lifeline, Organic, Profiles, Provision, Shattered Globe, Side Project, Stage Left, and Collaboraction.


ben-changBen Chang is making his Sideshow debut. Chicago credits include A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre, The Consultant at Signal Ensemble Theatre, Pal Joey at Porchlight Music Theatre,Volpone at City Lit Theater, Iphigeneia at Aulis with Lights Out Theatre Company and The Blue Shadow at Lifeline Theatre. He has appeared on the television show Empire (FOX).


bob-headshotBob Kruse has had the pleasure to work with Vintage Theatre Collective, Strange Tree Group, Eclipse Theatre, Victory Gardens, WildClaw, Backroom Shakespeare Project, Gift Theatre, House Theatre, Griffin Theatre and A Red Orchid Theatre.


helen-youngHelen Young has been seen in Ha-Chi-Nook (Erasing the Distance), Hamlet, (Muse of Fire) King Lear, Andromache (Cave Painting), Macbeth (Polarity Ensemble). Helen’s love for storytelling has also more recently landed her work in directing and dramaturgy (Silk Road, Prologue, A Squared, TimeLine).


Get your tickets for CAUGHT by clicking here or by calling the Victory Garden box office at 773.871.3000.

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