SYNOPSIS: Our physical, social network – or “bubble” – isn’t a new concept, but it certainly has been more relentless lately. Inspired by the idea of being inside the bubble – comedian, storyteller, and award-winning Ensemble Member Philip Earl Johnson turns to stories about the original bubble: family. Whether it’s with the family we came from of the one we helped create, life in the bubble is filled with certain moments of adaptation. And that’s when it gets ridiculous. (Recommended for ages 14+)

FRIDAY, MAY 14 @ 7:00 PM Central

Join us for a powerful, live reading via Zoom. The reading runs about 60 minutes with no intermission. Following the reading, stay in our virtual space for a group discussion.

Buy tickets HERE or call (773) 654-3103 until Friday, May 14 at 3:00 PM Central. Suggested donation is $25 or pay-what-you-can. Your Zoom link will be sent the day before the reading and again 1 hour before the reading starts. For any questions or to get on a waitlist, contact us at

Additional Resources

The Family Institute at Northwestern University – world-class training program that provides therapy services to children, couples, and individuals regardless of ability to pay.

Creative Team’s Biographies

PHILIP EARL JOHNSON he/him (creator & performer) is a proud Ensemble Member of American Blues Theater. Other Chicago theater credits include work at Goodman Theater, Paramount Theatre, Writers Theatre, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, TimeLine Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Bailiwick Chicago and American Theater Company (Jeff Award – The Big Meal). National tour work includes Angels in America: Parts 1 & 2. Recent television credits include Proven InnocentEmpireChicago MedChicago Fire and Mind Games. One man comedy show: MooNiE: Juggler, Ropewalker, Foolish Mortal!

SHANDEE VAUGHAN she/her (stage manager) is a proud Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater and happy as always to be back with her Blues family!Blues credits: Roan @ the GatesFive PresidentsThe Spitfire Grill,The Absolute Brightness of Leonard PelkeyOn Clover RoadIt’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago (2016 & 2018-2020), Flyin’ WestThe Buddy Holly StoryThe Columnist, and Little Shop of Horrors. Other recent Chicago credits include: Time Is On Our Side (About Face Theatre), Deathscribe X (WildClaw Theatre), Night in Alachua County (WildClaw Theatre), and The Woman in Black (WildClaw Theatre). Shandee is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions (Actors’ Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists, American Guild of Variety Artists, SAG-AFTRA) through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

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