Once upon a time there was a wandering musician named Dan Marcotte who played the lute, sang songs, and loved stories. One evening, he stumbled into a meeting of the Chicago Storytelling Guild and met Judith Heineman, its founder and master storyteller. She was looking for a musician who could play early music for a newly commissioned show by the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago. Their first and very successful performance together, The Magic Carpet: Songs and Stories from Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt, began an artistic partnership that has lasted fourteen years and counting.
As time went on, new opportunities arose for different programs, and Judith and Dan were there to answer the call. They soon created a new show, called Grimm's Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales. This show became so popular that Judith and Dan were invited to perform these gory tales at an international Grimms Brothers conference at Kingston University in England for the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the Grimm's Kinder un Hausmarchen (Nursery and Household Tales)!
Thanks to the ever changing themes of Illinois and Chicago Libraries, Judith and Dan had an annual creative outlet! They created shows to fit the themes of the year, and through this collaboration, created A Taste of Chicago in story and Song, Jack Tales and Fox Tales, Unicorns and Dragons: Arthurian Legends and Irish Fairy Tales, and many, many more.