5 Year Anniversary

Posted on May 12, 2016. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , |

Five years ago this May, I started Better Said Than Done – a storytelling organization. Since May 2011, we have had nearly 100 different storytellers share their stories at over 50 different shows and across several Northern Virginia venues. We led storytelling workshops for individuals as well as taking on such professional clients as INOVA Fairfax Hospital, AHRQ, AAMC, and Marie Stopes International. But the shows – where storytellers perform true, personal stories – are the backbone of Better Said Than Done.

To celebrate our 5 year anniversary, we are having a storytelling show and contest at Jammin’ Java on May 28th.

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I hope you will come out and celebrate with us.

Get your tickets soon. They’re going fast!

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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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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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Better Said Than Done in Inside NoVa

Posted on January 12, 2012. Filed under: Press, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Better Said Than Done, the storytelling troupe I started in 2011, is featured in a fantastic article by Tamika Matthews in Inside NoVa.  Read all about it here.

I especially love that she was able to plug our upcoming show, “All in the Family,” at Jammin’ Java Friday, January 13th, at 7PM.  Doors open at 6PM and tickets are $10 at the door.

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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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Better Said Than Done, Inc.

Posted on July 2, 2011. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I have been a bad blogger.  I always try to keep up to date on the blog – keep the world posted on what’s going on in my writing life – but I have been kind of distracted lately.  Or maybe busy would be a better word.  You see, I started a new company, and there’s a lot of work that goes into a start up.  My new company is Better Said Than Done, Inc., and here’s what you need to know about it:

Better Said Than Done is all about the story.  We have regular shows – come check us out at Jammin’ Java on July 30, 2011 at 7PM – and travel to give performances at corporate events, comedy clubs, schools, wineries, and anywhere else you would like to hear a story.

Storytelling Shows:  Our monthly events feature a range of professional storytellers engaging audiences with funny, poignant, silly and unbelievable true stories on that month’s theme.

Entertainment:  Book our storytellers out for your next party, convention, award’s program or conference.  You bring the audience and we will bring the fun. (more…)

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