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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Live Show in Northern Virginia for Writers

Posted on September 15, 2014. Filed under: storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It occurred to me that I should do a little more promoting on this site for Thursday night’s storytelling show. You see, the show is part of George Mason University’s Fall for the Book Festival – a festival devoted to writers, and readers.  And the show, titled “Reading, Writing and Art,” features true, personal stories of what it means to be a writer, or an artist, or a fan.

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My story deals specifically with the struggles of writing a novel and trying to find a literary agent.  Hopefully it will come across as filled with more humor than struggle, so let’s just say it’s about the journey.

Reading, Writing and Art: stories about the people, process and performance of art
September 18th, 2014
7:00PM (Doors Open 6:00PM)
The Auld Shebeen
3971 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free Show as Part of George Mason University’s “Fall for the Book Festival”
Please note – delicious food and drinks (full menu) available for purchase
Hosted by Jessica Piscitelli Robinson, the evening features storytellers Richard Barr, Ann Cavazos Chen, David Supley Foxworth, Karen Lee, Pierce McManus, Miriam Nadel, and Ellouise Schoettler—promising true and unforgettable tales.
More Info Here

I hope to see some fellow writers or readers in the audience. We can all commiserate.

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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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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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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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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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GalTime Blogs Upcoming Show

Posted on July 23, 2011. Filed under: Events, Press, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was excited to find out that “Summer Lovin’ – A Hot Night of Cool Stories,” my upcoming show at Jammin’ Java is featured in this week’s GalTime. Check out the fantastic blog by Trish Cole here.

After you are revved up from reading all about it, buy tickets to the show here!

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Storytelling – “The World’s Second Oldest Profession”

Posted on July 13, 2011. Filed under: Press, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

DC Modern Luxury Magazine recently wrote an excellent article on storytelling’s popularity in the DC market.
Quoted in the article are my fellow storytellers, Amy Saidman and Vijai Nathan, and, of course, me.

It was great exposure for the art of storytelling as well as for Better Said Than Done!

See what they had to say about “DC’s favorite nighttime pursuit” in this article by Danny Harris.

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Summer Lovin’ at Jammin’ Java

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

For more information about the kind of storytelling that is true, personal stories performed for entertainment, go to www.bettersaidthandone.com or come to our show at Jammin’ Java.  If you are looking for things to do in Northern Virginia, this is a great night out.

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

I would like to thank Bart Robinson, of Dynavision/FX for the design of our logo and the design of this poster.  Dynavision/FX usually focuses their design skills on 2D motion graphic design, 3d animation and visual effects for film, television, and the web.  So a  special thanks for the great graphics work!

 

 

 

 

 

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