Archive for February, 2012

Half an Hour Down, 1 Hour to Go

Posted on February 24, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I performed my first 30 minute long storytelling show last week and I have to say I loved it. It wasn’t ideal circumstances, and it was quite a challenge, but it was a good experience and I look forward to tackling what I see as the next step in storytelling, the one hour show.

To back track a little, I was asked to cover for another storyteller at a performance she was supposed to give last week but couldn’t, due to a family emergency. I had six day’s notice to prepare and memorize thirty minutes, so I am afraid I didn’t write any new material. Instead, I took three different stories I had written in the past, created a frame to tie them all together, along with a few changes to the content, and then told them as a set.

I presented my 30 minutes as the essentials of life – work, love, and death. I started the journey with a version of this story I had performed about two years ago for SpeakeasyDC.

I thought starting with work would be a good way to warm the audience and ease them into my sense of humor and storytelling style. The story got a good response, but the next one I told was much more successful, at least as far as the decibel of the laughs I heard. In love, I rehashed the story I had told at the 2011 Sucker for Love show.

It turned out to be a good transition piece, because it started with laughs, where I had left the audience with the first story, and then ended on a somber note, where my next story, on death, picked up. This was a very personal piece I had written for the last Better Said Than Done performance I gave at Jammin’ Java.

I must say, it was really gratifying during this story to see the audience, because there were several people who were just flat out crying. And I know it sounds a little weird to be happy to have made a bunch of people cry, but considering the content of the story, that made me feel like it was a success.

Of course, now I would like to shoot for writing that one hour show. I know I can do it. I just have to finish my novel first!

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Truth, Justice, and the American Way…of Lying

Posted on February 18, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Come to my next show with Better Said Than Done to hear stories about big fat liars, criminal minds, and the search for truth.

Epicure Café
11213A Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
Saturday, February 25, 2012
7:00 PM

Storytellers include: Stephanie Garibaldi, Derek Hills, Jennifer Moore, Chuck Na, Jessica Piscitelli, and Jason Pittman. Additionally, Better Said Than Done welcomes first time teller Peter Gorman to the stage. It is an awesome cast and the stories are going to blow you away.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased when doors open at 6:00PM. A full dinner menu and full bar are available during the show. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The show is intended for an adult audience.

Better Said Than Done is where to go in Virginia for storytelling events or storytellers for your events.

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Free Storytelling Show – 2/15/12

Posted on February 14, 2012. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , |

I am telling the longest story I have ever told – well, unless you count drunken nights with captive audience members, aka friends – tomorrow night.

I am telling thirty minutes of stories, along with two other talented ladies who are adding their own stories to the mix.

It’s an hour long show starting at 7:30P.
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012
Friendship Heights Village Community Center
4433 S. Park Drive
Chevy Chase, MD

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JellyVision Interview

Posted on February 14, 2012. Filed under: Press, storytelling | Tags: , , , , |

I was interviewed last week about Better Said Than Done on JellyVision.
You can check out the video here:
It’s an hour long video so, in case you want to cheat, my interview starts at about 10 minutes in and ends at about 34 minutes.

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Posted on February 10, 2012. Filed under: Books, storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , , |

I am torn.

About 9 months ago I decided to launch a storytelling troupe, and Better Said Than Done was born. It has been fantastic and very quickly became what I would call very successful. As a group, we have three shows in the next two months. Our last show was standing room only – over 100 people. It keeps me very busy.

I have also, personally, gotten a lot of success in storytelling. I ran a storytelling workshop for a group of business women today, I am doing my first 30 minute (longest for me yet) storytelling show next week, and I have written some of my best stories in the last few months.

All great, right?

But here’s the clincher, about three or so months ago I got a great idea for a novel. Like lightening striking. I have written three chapters so far and they’re good. I mean, I know I may be biased, but stories like this don’t drop in your lap very often and I am motivated, inspired, and ready to run with it. And I really think it could be good. And get published!

But, of course, I have so many stories to write and tell and so many shows coming up that I am responsible for. I started Better Said Than Done because I love the art of storytelling and I wanted to tell more stories. Well, I succeeded.

Now I just need to learn how to juggle…all over again.

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