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Why Not Me – Love, Cancer, and Jack White – $15
From the surreal Hollywood life working for Academy Award Winner Nicolas Cage to struggling actress to dealing with family illness, death and love, this stage production is an uplifting story of one woman’s courageous romp through life’s heartaches, headaches and hysterics. “Why Not Me. Love, Cancer and Jack White,” is an original one- woman show performed by Chicago writer/actress Jen Bosworth and directed by Chicago writer and performer, Alyson Lyon.
The show chronicles Bosworth’s move to L.A. in 2000 to seek stardom after successful stints on ER, Early Edition and a starring role in one of Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theater productions. However, agent after agent told her she was too fat to be cast in any meaningful roles and she ended up as a Hollywood office manager, where she lived in a dump at night and, ironically, picked pricey furniture for million-dollar mansions by day. So kind of glamorous but kind of not.
Mid-way through the decade Bosworth gives up on Hollywood and heads home to help care for her ill father. Within two years her husband and her mother would diagnosed with cancer…and Jack White begins invading her nightly dreams to help her escape from her new reality. Bosworth says, “I know, it’s a lot. But life is a lot. A lot of bad but really, so much good as well. It’s the struggle to balance both that connects all of us and
connects the audience to the show.”
When her mother was first diagnosed with cancer Bosworth used to ask, “Why us?” But soon, as she and her family wound their way down the road of illness and grief she began to ask another question, “Why not us?” I realized that I am not so special. Life throws hardships at all of us. “Why Not Me” is a statement. A statement about living our dreams. About turning seemingly insurmountable trials into gold. Perhaps banged up and battered gold, but gold nonetheless.
Jen Bosworth –
An Evanston, Illinois native, Bosworth is an alumnus of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Her numerous acting credits include the popular 90’s television series ER and Early Edition and a starring role in a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of The
House on Mango Street.
Her first one-woman show – “I’m Not Trying to Get an Agent, This is My School Project” – debuted in L.A. in 2004 and was also staged in Chicago. A mainstay of Chicago’s “Live-Lit” scene, Bosworth is a founding member of The Chicago Story Collective and can be seen regularly all over town telling her honest and hilarious tales. Bosworth holds two Master’s degrees in psychology – Spiritual Psychology and Counseling Psychology from The University of Santa Monica. She has worked as a drug counselor at Lutheran Social Services in Chicago, Illinois.
Based on Bosworth’s real-life experiences, the wry, energetic, comedic performance reveals the humorous gaffes and tribulations of her days as an actress living in Los Angeles and her return to Chicago as sickness and cancer engulf her family, while, at the same time, popular singer Jack White invades her nightly dreams as an escape from reality.
“’Why Not Me’ is a statement, not a question,” said Bosworth. “I learned the hard way that life is tough…so live it bravely and go for it; that’s the essence of ‘Why Not Me.
Ethan Butler –
As the son of a music pastor, Ethan was surrounded by music from a young age. But heavy pursuits in music didn’t begin until he received his first guitar for his 13th birthday in 2001. By May of 2002, he started a 12-year journey of writing and performing, and leading worship at different churches, retreats and conferences. Although his musical exploration was limited to that of the church life, he continued to write and dream of a
life within the mainstream industry. In January 2013, Ethan began pursuing that dream with a Kick off concert in Logan Square bringing in a draw of nearly 300 people. And with that wind behind his back he started doing open mics and shows throughout Chicago.