Back in the Storytelling Saddle Again

Posted on October 8, 2013. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well, I survived. I had a baby and then my life ended, for a little while, and then I started to get it back.

Two weeks ago, I think, (can’t keep track of time these days) I returned to storytelling in a big way. Basically, all in the same week my baby girl turned two months old (and I have been a stay at home mommy during these months) I had a panel discussion on storytelling at George Mason University, a storytelling show at the Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, a storytelling workshop at the Workhouse Arts Center and another storytelling show at the Reston Nature House.  Phew.

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It felt good to be back out there doing grown-up stuff, and was also one of the stupidest things I have ever done.  I planned it all before my baby came into the world, not realizing that babies really do keep you very busy.  Meaning, I had very little time to write and memorize two stories, pull a cast together for two shows, prepare all the materials for a new workshop, and then make arrangements to go to all those events.
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But I survived that week as well.  I wouldn’t say I told the best stories of my career, but I wasn’t booed off either stage – which is always a good sign. I had enough storytellers to fill the bill for both shows.  The panel discussion at George Mason was awesome and well attended.  And the workshop was a lot of fun.

I would write more about the whole experience but I hear my baby girl grunting, which means I have just enough time to post this before she starts crying.  Sigh. Back to work!

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Laws of Nature – Meet the Performers

Posted on March 15, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Our next storytelling event is here – April 2nd!

Laws (and Suggestions) of Nature

Stories about defying gravity, surviving Murphy’s Law and fighting, when flight would have been smarter.

(Please note, these stories are NOT for children.)

April 2nd, 2011

Click below to BUY TICKETS FOR:

7PM Show

9PM Show

Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center

11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Refreshments on sale (coffee, sodas, snacks)

Here are videos of each of stories performed in the past by each of the wonderful storytellers you will see on April 2nd.  Like the night of the performance, many of these videos are NOT for children!

Hosted by Jessica Piscitelli

Storytellers include:

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Storytelling in VA – April 2nd

Posted on March 3, 2011. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , |

Our next storytelling event is almost here. Make sure you buy your tickets before we sell out.

Laws (and Suggestions) of Nature

Stories about defying gravity, surviving Murphy’s Law and fighting, when flight would have been smarter.

(Please note, these stories are NOT for children.)

April 2nd, 2011

Time (First Show): 7:00-8:15 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Time (Encore Show): 9:00-10:15 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m.)

Location: Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center

11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Refreshments on sale (coffee, sodas, snacks)

Click below to BUY TICKETS FOR:

7PM Show

9PM Show

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Laws (and Suggestions) of Nature

Posted on February 25, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , |

Click Here to Purchase Tickets to the 7PM Show!

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Special thanks to Doug Fuller for designing the poster.  Check out Doug’s graphic design work here!

 

 

 

 

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Press for Storytelling Show

Posted on August 16, 2010. Filed under: Press, SpeakeasyDC, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , |

Well, it’s not the NY Times or the Washington Post, but it is still exciting to see my name, and all the “Oh Mother!” performer’s names in print.  The Reston Connection recently posted an article about the Nature House Storytelling Fundraiser I put together and hosted.  We raised nearly $1000 and I told three stories that evening, in addition to hosting, so the article doesn’t cover everything – BUT, it was a good review and a positive reaction to the idea of storytelling events at Nature House.

Read the full article here! Or see the reprint below.

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Nature Show Videos

Posted on August 4, 2010. Filed under: SpeakeasyDC, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I had a fantastic time bringing together the wonderful performers for our first ever Nature House Storytelling Fundraiser, as well as hosting and performing a few short tales myself.  The event raised nearly $1000 to support programs at the Reston Nature House.  We had a great turnout for both shows and everyone is excited for the NEXT show – date as yet TBD.  I need to rest for a few months.  🙂

In the meantime, if you missed the show or just want to replay all the best moments, here are videos of each of the performers stories – in the order they were performed that evening.  Enjoy!

Jennifer Moore, www.IndulgentHealth.com, teaches mindful eating, balanced living, and guilt-free self care.  Her heartwarming story, “Alfonse,” was a great way to open the night and hook the crowd!

My first story was about my Cooter.  You will have to watch it to understand.

Adam J. Ruben – You’ve seen him on the Food Network’s “Food Detectives.”  His new book is now available in stores and online; it’s called “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.”

Meredith Maslich – SpeakeasyDC‘s board chair – but never boring blogger.  Meredith teaches storytelling for SpeakeasyDC so, if you are bursting with tales and just don’t know how to bring them out, she’s the woman to speak to!

Dustin Fisher  – A reviewer of our next performer’s sold out Fringe show called him “our heterosexual tour guide,” so you know this is going to good.  You can read his blog about this performance – and many others – at: stillstandingrighthere.blogspot.com

My second story was about my first kiss.  I know it’s a cliche, but it will always be special to me – and hopefully pretty funny to everyone else.


Amy Saidman is the director of SpeakeasyDC which produces true tales told live year-round, at the very least, monthly.  Check out speakeasydc.com for more info on upcoming shows!

Watch Amy’s video here!

Kevin Boggs – As an actor, Kevin Boggs as hobnobbed with the likes of, well, us.  As a professional food server, however, he’s rubbed elbows with Bono and egos with Jewel.  He was recently the star of no less than 2 sold out Fringe shows and you can hear the following story on the SpeakeasyDC CD.

My last story of the night was about how our childhood often revolves around finding a special place to go and be yourself.

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