Events

Marathon Runner

Posted on February 7, 2013. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , |

This Saturday I will be telling the story of trying to run my first marathon. It was a huge moment in my life, and it’s surprising to me that I haven’t tried to write about it sooner.

I think the problem with telling a story like this, about a race, is that it could very easily feel episodic. This is what happened at mile 1. This is what happened at mile 3. I finally figured out a way to frame it so that, hopefully, this isn’t the case. We shall see.

If you are in Northern Virginia on Saturday, there are two storytelling shows, back to back. The event is a fundraiser for Nature House. So come out for a great show, to hear a hopefully great true story about training for a marathon, or to help support nature education.

Brrr, It’s Cold Outside – stories of winter nights, ice queens, and finding warmth
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Walker Nature Education Center
11450 Glade Dr.
Reston, VA
7:00PM Show/Doors Open at 6:30PM
9:00PM Show/Doors Open at 8:30PM
$15 Tickets Available at: coldstories.eventbrite.com or at the door
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Follow Up to Tears

Posted on August 31, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , |

So I did my sappy story this past Saturday – see my “tears” post – and I did have two people tell me that I made them cry – so yay – but it turned out to be not as sad as all that. Several people said they liked it, with no mention of tears, so I guess that’s all right.

You can judge for yourself, as the video is up.

 

I will be telling a funny story at the September show. Nothing to cry about in that one. If you are in Northern Virginia on September 29th, check out our live storytelling show with Better Said Than Done.  Details here.

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Independence Day Stories

Posted on June 22, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , |

My next storytelling show with Better Said Than Done – the best performance act in Virginia according to Virginia Living Magazine –  is just over a week away and we are going to bring the fireworks.  Join Better Said Than Done for an explosive night of storytelling!

Independence Day: stories of declarations, freedom, and fireworks
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Epicure Cafe
11213 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA
7:00PM Show
Doors Open at 6:00PM
$10 Tickets at Door (Cash Preferred)

The performance will feature entertaining performances of true, explosive stories. Storytellers include: Geraldine Buckley, Lisa Kays, Jessica Piscitelli, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Adam Ruben, Ellouise Schoettler, John Tong and Michael Zhuang.

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The “Right” Writing Style

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , |

I have another storytelling show this Saturday. Check out details on “Our Bodies, Our Selves” here. It is only two weeks after my last show, and I spent the past several days white water rafting, mountain climbing, and attending a wedding in Oregon.

I know, I know, likely excuse, but I really haven’t had time to write a new story for this show and I prefer to tell new stories whenever possible.  So I decided to give the traditional storytelling style a chance.  See, when I write my true, personal stories for storytelling, I write them. I try to make them conversational by speaking them aloud while writing and inserting lots of dialogue. Then I memorize them. Word for word.

I have been told that this is crazy. Most storytelling remember major plot points and then fill in the rest through talking. I know the story I am telling on Saturday. It happened to me.  I should, technically, be able to just stand up there and tell people what happened.

So I have been trying. I have “told” it to a couple of friends, and my dog, and the air around me and every time I tell it, it just sounds unpolished and like I am trying to say something but not quite saying it. It sounds a bit like I am telling a longer, more rambling version of the better story within.

The show is just a few days away. I normally have my stories halfway memorized by now. But I think I need to sit down and actually write this one out. The “just tell it” approach is really not making me feel great. It might be the “right way” to do storytelling, but it is not my way.

So it’s back to the drawing board, or laptop, as the case may be. I am going to sit here, write my story, and try to memorize it the way it works best for me, word for word. Come to the show Saturday and see if I succeed!

Our Bodies, Our Selves

June 2nd
Reston Nature House
11450 Glade Drive
Reston, VA 20191
7:00PM and 9:00PM
Buy Tickets Here!

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Get Lucky on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 13, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Join Better Said Than Done for our next storytelling performance on St. Patrick’s Day.

“Luck of the Irish”
Stories of rotten luck, beginner’s luck and luck of the draw

Jammin’ Java
227 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, Virginia
Saturday, March 17, 2012
7:00 PM/Doors open 6:00PM

The performance will feature entertaining performances of true stories about smart people and dumb luck. Storytellers include: Stephanie Garibaldi, Katie Kelly, Mel Harkrader Pine, Jessica Piscitelli, Adam Ruben, John Tong, and Anna Marie Trester. Additionally, Better Said Than Done welcomes first time teller Carlos Escobar to the stage.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.jamminjava.com or 703-255-1566 ext. 8, or at Jammin’ Java.

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 all ages, but is intended for an adult audience.

Watch a promo for the show here:

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Recap of Better Said Than Done’s latest

Posted on March 1, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling |

Recap of Better Said Than Done’s latest storytelling show. Includes videos!

http://ow.ly/9ne3n

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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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Get over the holidays with Better Said Than Done

Posted on January 2, 2012. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , |

Better Said Than Done tackles the joy that is family at our first storytelling show of 2012 “All in the Family – Stories of Apron Strings, Family Feuds, and (not so) Happy Holidays.”

The show will be at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, Virginia, on Friday, January 13, 2012, at 7 PM.  The performance will feature entertaining performances of true stories about blood relatives.  Storytellers include: Geraldine Buckley, Dustin Fisher, Derek Hills, Jennifer Luu, Jessica Piscitelli, Adam Ruben, and Ellouise Schoettler.  Additionally, Better Said Than Done welcomes first time teller Mel Pine to the stage.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.jamminjava.com or 703-255-1566 ext. 8, or at Jammin’ Java.  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 all ages, but is intended for an adult audience.  For additional information or to see videos of past shows, visit the Better Said Than Done website at www.bettersaidthandone.com.

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Read All About It – Recap of Summer Lovin’

Posted on August 9, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling |

Read All About It – Recap of Summer Lovin:
http://bit.ly/nxUVuF

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