Chicago’s Tuesdays@9 Musicians and Comedians perform at The Annoyance through May

JJ Smith was the Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 Chicago musical guest on April 12. Just brilliant. Tell your smart speaker, “Play JJ Smith” and enjoy.

Naked Angels is the longest cold reading series in the United States and there are still several weeks left in the season. Every week we read five pieces of new writing. During the intermission, we feature a musician or comedian.

Actors show up at 8:30 and say they’d like to read. A whirlwind casting frenzy takes place and the new work is then read onstage.

If you are curious about what these “naked angels” are all about, stop by The Annoyance Theatre & Bar every Tuesday night through May 17, 2022 to experience the glory! It’s free, but bring your ID and proof of vaccination to get in.

Once you’re in, let us know if you’d like to read. Joshua Fardon and Patricia Mario and I are positioned close to the door, so we’re easy to find. To increase your chances of being cast, show up no later than 8:30. The show begins at 9:00 in the little theater. The intermission begins around 10:00 and that’s when the musicians and comedians perform. A lot of fun.

After two years on Zoom, we finally resumed in-person shows in March and Gail Gallagher was our first in-person musical guest.

On March 29, Robbie Ellis was our musical guest.

And on April 5, we hosted Heather Styka.

April 12 was JJ Smith and on April 19, comedian Izzy Salhani will be perform her standup during the intermission. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the season.

Apr. 26 Gail Gallagher

May 03 Matt Keeley

May 10 Robbie Ellis

Robbie Ellis shares his interactive comedy songs with an assist from Rebecca Carver, Maeve Devitt and Michael Bassett.
Aviva Jaye (left) and Heather Styka

For our final May 17 in-person show of the season, Aviva Jaye will be our musical guest. Whether you’re a writer, actor, musician or comedian, Tuesdays@9 is for you. In fact, Tuesdays is for everyone.

Thanks for reading. Hope to see you at a Tuesdays soon! -Connie (the music director)

I Still Think About That Night…

Hear the short report and a sample of Heather Styka’s gorgeous music!
Poster art by Joshua Fardon.

Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 Chicago held their fourth event of the season on September 28. Five writers had their work read by professional actors, and the brilliant Heather Styka performed during the intermission. Buy her music!

If you’re interested in Tuesdays@9 Chicago, the best way to learn about it is to attend one of our free events, so skillfully led by creative directors Joshua Fardon and Patricia Mario.

Until the hideous pandemic is over, or at least manageable, we will continue to meet online every Tuesday…at 9:00 (Central) on Zoom. To get the link, email me or visit the Tuesdays@9 Facebook Page. -Connie Kuntz (Music & Comedy Director)

Tuesdays@9 Chicago Kicks Off 2021-22 Season

Email connievkuntz@gmail.com if you’d like to perform at Tuesdays@9.

Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 Chicago kicked off their 2021-22 season on Tuesday to an enthusiastic audience of more than 30 writers, actors, directors, producers and musicians.

Five writers had their work read by professional actors and the intermission featured fan favorite Robbie Ellis with a delightful cameo by Eytan Raviv on cello.

Tuesdays@9 is still on Zoom for the foreseeable future because of the pandemic and the following musicians are booked to perform online:

Sept. 14 Gail Gallagher

Sept. 21 Aviva Jaye

Sept. 28 Heather Styka

Oct.   05 Shawn Erker

Oct.  12 Robbie Ellis

Oct.  19 Jake Dewar

Oct.  26 Ian Sutherland

Nov. 02 Aviva Jaye

Nov.  09 Joshua Fardon & Atlie Gilbert

Nov. 16 The Famous Brothers

Nov. 23 Mystery Guest!

Nov. 30 Ezra Muse

Dec. 07 Gail Gallagher

Dec. 14 Joe McDaniel

Holiday Break (Dec. 15-Jan. 10)

Jan. 11 Jamie Shriner

Jan. 18 Robbie Ellis

Jan. 25 Aviva Jaye

Feb. 1

Feb. 8

Feb. 15

Feb. 22

Mar. 1

Mar. 8

Mar. 15

Mar. 22

Mar. 29

Apr. 05

Apr. 12

Apr. 19

Apr. 26

May 3

May 10

May 17

May 24

May 31 (Last show for 2021-22 season)

If you would like to fill one of the available slots, email connievkuntz@gmail.com. We are also booking comedians this year! That means if you have ten minutes of original music, comedy-with-music, music-with-comedy or comedy you would like to perform, we want to see you!

Naked Angels formed in 1986 in New York City. There are also chapters in Los Angeles and Miami. Our Chicago chapter just celebrated its third anniversary.

The best way to get to know Tuesdays is to attend a Tuesdays. Our creative directors Joshua Fardon and Patricia Mario have created a supportive, inclusive environment in Chicago, but because we are online, you are welcome to join us from virtually anywhere. Let me know if you have any questions!

Connie Kuntz

Music & Comedy Director for Tuesdays@9 Chicago

connievkuntz@connievkuntz

Poster Art by Joshua Fardon

FAQ About The Naked Angels Tuesdays at 9 Quarantanniversary

March 30, 2021 is the Tuesdays at 9 Chicago Zoom Quarantanniversary and we are celebrating with a “Meta March Twin Tuesdays” show!

Q: What does that mean?

A: Angels are invited / encouraged to show up as their twin to Tuesdays at 9 Chicago on March 30. Remember to change the name on your Zoom box to the name of your twin and stay in the character of your twin all night long.

Q: Could you give me an example?

A: Sure. My name is Connie Kuntz. I will be busy on March 30th, but luckily, my twin sister Rhoda Ross has agreed to fill in for me. Rhoda is a hypochondriac and always thinks she is dying.

Q: Okay. Does my twin have to be a dork like your twin?

A: Your twin can be whatever you want. You’re probably familiar with the “evil” twin concept or the “sexy” twin concept. You can go that route or you can create a twin who is subtle, unique or cerebral or spiritual or whatever. There is tremendous room for creativity and interpretation.

Q: I already have a twin in real life. Now what?

A: Create a triplet. And if you are a triplet, create a quadruplet. And so on. Just remember to change the name on your Zoom box to the name of your sibling.

Q: What if I get cast that night?

A: Then your twin will read.

Q: What about stage directions? How will our twins know to applaud the people who read stage directions?

A: Tell them!

Q: What should I wear?

A: Whatever your twin would wear. Just remember to change your Zoom box name to your twin’s name.

Q: Who are the writers that night?

A: The writers and the musical act will be announced in the usual way; on social media with the Tuesdays at 9 poster art (which will be somewhat different, since it’s being designed by the artist’s twin). The creative directors, writers and the musical act will be the twins of familiar Tuesdays at 9 talent.

Q: Why are we doing this?

A: It’s important to experiment with new forms of interactive creativity during the pandemic. The layer of meta adds a unique, intriguing artistic element. Plus, we’re crazy.

Q: How long will this show run?

A: The usual two to two-and-a-half hours. Scenes will be shorter to make room for more audience interaction.

Q: Why are you so weird?

A: I don’t know. Ask Rhoda.

Tuesdays at 9 Chicago has been going strong since September of 2018. When the pandemic threatened to shutter our cold reading series, we moved to Zoom! March 30 marks our one-year quarantanniversary of virtual cold readings. Celebrate with us!