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Mistakes Were Made: Storytelling About Failure

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21A Clinton St

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Mistakes Were Made is a show about the one thing every human has ever experienced: failure. Six storytellers, who have graced stages at the Apollo, the Avalon, the Moth GrandSLAM, and more, will share stories that audiences will laugh at, identify with, and maybe walk away from saying, “I’m so glad that wasn’t me!”. From tales of youthful humiliations to completely insane celebrity run-ins, the evening will be full of jaw-dropping and hilarious moments, as well as opportunities for audience members to share their own “learning experiences” and possibly even win the evening’s “Humble Pie” (an actual, delicious pie).

Doors: 6:30
Show: 7:00
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
21+
Venue is mixed seated and standing room, please arrive at door time for the best seats

Featuring real-life stories from Vanessa Golembewski (NBC, Refinery29, the Moth StorySLAM winner), David Hu (Risk!, Moth StorySLAM winner), Harmon Leon (VICE), Alan I. Ross (Risk!), and ChaChanna Simpson (award-winning writer). Hosted and produced by Tija Mittal (invited performer at the Apollo, the Avalon, and the Lincoln theater, Moth Mainstage).

Storyteller Bios:

Vanessa Golembewski is a TV and digital comedy person based in Brooklyn. She is a UCB-trained performer, writer, producer, director, and two-time Moth StorySLAM champion. Her work includes two seasons of NBC’s “Harry,” headlines for The Onion, and her new digital series “Karen From HR,” which received recognition from Elizabeth Banks’ Who Ha Ha. She also consults on comedy scripts for brands and media companies, including Refinery29, Allure, Teen Vogue, Spotify, Bustle, and Above Average. Her hit series “Five Phases” is now playing on thousands of Delta flights around the world.

David Hu overcame his fear of public speaking by taking a storytelling class in 2013. Little did he know storytelling would become his true passion. Dave has been a committed member of NYC’s vibrant storytelling community ever since. A Moth Story Slam Winner, he has shared his stories at the Moth Grand Slam, RISK! Podcast and Story Collider. During the day Dave works in technology.

Harmon Leon is a highly versatile storyteller who is proficient in all mediums. His stories have appeared in VICE, Esquire, The Nation, National Geographic, Salon, Ozy, Huffington Post, NPR’s, This American Life, Cracked, SF Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, and Wired. He’s produced video content for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Timeline, Out, FX, Daily Mail, Yahoo Sports, National Lampoon, Current TV, Fox Family Channel, and VH1 and has performed comedy around the world, including the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Dublin, Vancouver, and Montreal Comedy Festivals. He’s also appeared on The Howard Stern Show, Last Call With Carson Daly, Penn & Teller’s show, FOX News, Spike TV, VH1, FX, as well as the BBC.

Alan I. Ross is an actor, voice over artist, and storyteller based in New York City. Theatre: Alex in Halcyon Days by Steven Dietz and Chorus in Oedipus Rex at the Wilma Theatre. Angel in The Angels of Swedenborg conceived and directed by Ping Chong at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Arthur in Nosferatu also conceived and directed by Ping Chong at Illusion Theatre. Also at Illusion: Hatch in The Sea by Edward Bond and title role in the world premiere of Anderson: Dream Lover by Kenneth Cavander. Utah Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Ross is a graduate of the PTTP at the University of Delaware.

ChaChanna Simpson is a writer, storyteller, karaoke singer, and puzzle addict. She is a two-time award-winning writer. She writes flash fiction, short stories, personal essays. She’s currently working on her first play and first action thriller fiction book series.



Tija Mittal (host) is a native Washingtonian who is delighted to host Mistakes Were Made. Last year, she performed with the Moth Mainstage at New York City’s famed Apollo Theater, and most recently performed for the Risk! podcast, as well as at the Avalon in LA, State Theater in Ithaca, and the Lincoln Theater in DC. She cut her storytelling teeth at Story District (her first storytelling performance was nominated for 2013’s “Best Of”), and is a frequent flyer at Perfect Liar’s Club, Capital Fringe Festival, and other DC institutions. In 2016, she completed her first solo show with generous support from Cultural DC’s Mead Theater Lab Fellowship. Next up, she’s working on a project collecting and sharing stories about immigrant experiences. She also has an MBA and an MPP that don’t have much to do with storytelling but eh, probably doesn’t hurt to know.

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