With the recent uptick of hateful and vitriolic language in this country since the 2016 election, Rohina Malik, a Muslim woman and storyteller, wanted to create a project to demonstrate peace and commonalities between us all. She approached Susan Stone who is a Jewish woman and storyteller and Kim Schultz, who identifies as a Christian woman and storyteller with an idea: what if we all told stories from our faiths with the goal of bringing people together and showing peace, curiosity and similarities amongst the faiths. Kim and Susan jumped at this opportunity and KEEPING FAITH: SISTERS OF STORY was born. We hope you agree that now more than ever, we need to come together and decide who we are going to be as a community and as a nation and how we are going to allow our story to be told.
Each storyteller tells 3 stories inspired by their personal faith journey. We are often joined by a cultural musical storyteller, Lucia Thomas, on violin, oud and guitar.
ROHINA MALIK is a critically acclaimed playwright and solo performance artist. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and an Artistic associate at the 16th street theater. Rohina’s plays The Mecca Tales and Yasmina’s Necklace, were both nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Work. Her one woman play, Unveiled has been produced at the 16th Street Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Crossroads Theater, Brava Theater, Voyage Theater Company, and Silk Road Rising. http://rohinamalik.weebly.com
KIM SCHULTZ is an author, actor and refugee advocate who occasionally runs off to Mexico to run an artist residency on the Caribbean. She has performed on many local and national stages, has written two solo shows and recently published THREE DAYS IN DAMASCUS (Palewell Press, 2016), a memoir about falling in love with an Iraqi refugee. Kim loves stories and how they shape our memories and lives. She blogs, tweets and can be generally found at www.kimschultz.net
SUSAN STONE, storyteller and teaching artist, has traveled all over this country, as well as to Poland, telling Jewish tales–Chasidic, folkloric, and personal– for adults and children, at schools, synagogues, museums, and festivals. Her CD’s have earned Parents’ Choice Gold and Storytelling World Awards. Former adjunct faculty at National-Louis University, she is Founder/Co-director of the Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival, Oct. 6-8. www.susanstone-storyteller.com
Our musician is LUCIA THOMAS. Lucia is a violinist/multi-instrumentalist and arts organizer. She has traveled all over the United States, Europe and Mexico, playing professionally with various musical ensembles. She is artistic director of the Chicago Folklore Ensemble, which celebrates immigrant communities in the United States by performing dynamic arrangements of stories and songs learned directly from immigrants. Their recent book and CD have been featured at TEDxUChicago, WBEZ, and they continue to perform on stages throughout the Chicago area.