Story Slam Semi-finals @JohnnyD's
- Performing & Visual Arts
- Johnny D's Uptown, Somerville MA
7pm on July 18th - All Star Show!
Tickets are $20 each or $25 at the door
July 18th - massmouth All Stars shine for storytelling
On Thursday July 18th storytellers and story lovers will gather at the Davis Square Theatre to support the work of Boston's only nonprofit storytelling entity. Starting at 7PM the massmouth All Stars, who are winners of the past 4 years of Greater Boston story slams and some of Boston's finest "home-grown" storytellers will tell stories that will delight the ears and fill the mind's eyes with wonder. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door all proceeds benefit massmouth,inc. massmouth.evenbrite.com
These fabulous storytellers and more will be performing stories in a relaxed, non competitive setting where a drink and a friend to tell stories to afterwards are all part of a painless way to support the art of storytelling and massmouth,inc.
It is a special night: we will be honoring our massmouth volunteers, have cameo peformances by high school storytellers from massmouth's StoriesLive® program and feature cofounder and storyteller Norah Dooley who will have celebrated her 30th birthday ( for the 2nd time) the day before. She will tell how she overcame shyness and became a storyteller.
Storytellers presenting are
Judith Black (2010) 1st place from Marblehead Ma,Michael Anderson (2010) 2nd place from Somerville,MA,Ben Cunningham (2011) 1st place from Cambridge MA,Justin Werfel (2011) Audience Choice, Cambridge MA,Jannelle Codianni (2012) 2nd place, Easton MA, Mary Hannon (2012) 3rd place, Jamaica Plain, MA, Scott Schultz (2013) 1st place, Watertown, MA, Katie Liesener (2013) 2nd place, Jamaica Plain, MA
Profiles of a few storytellers follow:
Jannelle Codianni is a spoken word performance artist and also an "at home" mom. In 2012, she brought her story to our Valentines slam at Doyle's as a present for her husband. Not even knowing if she would get a chance to tell. She won her first story slam and went on to be named a Greater Boston Champion at the finals in our third season.
12 years ago Michael Anderson was at a poetry slam looking for an audience for storytelling. His association with massmouth has brought him to a wider audience that is hungry for his quirky articulate fare. He organizes our Shakespeare slam each year with a unique mash up of story and soliloquy or whatever moves you to mix up.
Ben Cunningham had told tales to children for years. Then he met massmouth at a MouthOff on the street in front of the Aquarium in 2009. He won his first folk tale story slam and then started telling for adults in 2010. The only storyteller to win three story slams in the regular season, Ben was the 1st place city-wide champion in 2011. Ben is a protean performer and now our go-to storyteller for work in the high schools as well.
Professional storyteller and performer for 30 years, Judith Black was the runner up to a first time teller in what was also her first story slam. Runner-up status won her a place in the finals where she had to tell her 6 minute story in 4 minutes.
“I was used to telling ninety-minute stories that take people along long, winding journeys,” the seasoned storyteller said, “but suddenly with the five-minute limit, I had to learn how to do something new – be succinct.” And “When you have five minutes,” Judith explains, “you really have to figure out quickly what is essential to your story and what isn’t. It’s really hard work. You have to search through your own ego and learn to let go of some parts.”
The All-Stars of Greater Boston Story Slams in Concert.
Featuring old and mostly new stories by audience favorites and Big Mouth Off winners from the past 4 seasons of Greater Boston story slams:
Davis Square Theater in Somerville, MA.
255 Elm Street, Somerville, MA firstname.lastname@example.org
massmouth works to renew the timeless art of storytelling in Massachusetts by engaging a new generation of tellers and listeners through education, live performance and social media.
What is a Story Slam? A story slam is a contest of stories by known and undiscovered talent. Themes are posted on our events pages (www.massmouth.com) and story slammers sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute short story on the evening's theme. Ten names will be drawn at random from a box. A team of 5 volunteer judges - interested amateurs, storytellers, theater people and members of the audience who love stories - evaluate how well each story is told, how well it is constructed, how well the story explores, connects and/or reveals some truth about the theme and, how well it honors the time limit. The 2 highest-scoring tellers and a third selected by the audience are awarded prizes and an opportunity to perform at the "BigMouthOff" at the end of the slam season (Sept - April).
For more info, visit: http://massmouth.org
"storytelling: funnier than poetry, deeper than comedy"
- Michael Anderson
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