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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Storytelling Filled September

Posted on September 10, 2014. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , |

I haven’t really been using this site to promote the nine million storytelling things I have going on at any given time, but September is filled with a lot of great stuff, (and a lot of it’s free!) so figured I might as well share. Here’s what I will be up to this month. Hope to see you at one or all of these events.

Living to Tell About It: a panel discussion on the art of true, personal storytelling
September 16, 2014
1:30PM – 2:30PM
George Mason University at the Sandy Spring Tent at Johnson Center Plaza
Free Panel Discussion as part of the Fall for the Book Festival
We offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of creating and performing true, personal stories. Moderated by Shawn Westfall, the panel includes storytellers David Supley Foxworth, Jessica Piscitelli Robinson, and Ellouise Schoettler.
More Info Here

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


Nature Calls: stories about things you can’t ignore

September 27th, 2014
8:00PM (Doors Open 7:30PM)
Reston Walker Nature Center
11450 Glade Drive
Reston, VA 20191
$15 Tickets
Click Here to Purchase in Advance!
All proceeds benefit Friends of Reston for Community Projects (Like Recycling Bins!)
Hosted by Jessica Piscitelli and including stories performed by Mattie Cohan, Dustin Fisher, Susan Gordon, Miriam Nadel, Brad Podliska, Anne Thomas and Zach Wilks.

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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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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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Silly Stories, Serious Fun

Posted on May 9, 2012. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I am busy.  Story of my life.  Okay, no, not really.  That’s a really boring story! But being so busy with work, soooo much work, does make me want lighter fare.  You ever feel that way?  Like how you always want to read a thriller, or a teen novel (these days) or (I guess for some people) a romance while on summer vacation?  I feel like when I am working hard at work I want to write light, and leave the heavy stuff for when I have spare energy.

A friend of mine recently said to me, “I love that you always take it deeper in your stories.  That your stories have a life lesson.”  That was very sweet, and I think some of my more recent stories do, but it’s also something of a burden to live up to. Sometimes I just want to have fun!

My next show is May 19th. Details here. As soon as we picked the theme, I got an idea for a very silly story.  I finished it today, well, minus feedback I am sure I will get at rehearsal.  It’s good.  I mean, it’s funny.  I mean, it feels good to be funny again.  Just a silly piece about a silly night and there is nothing to teach or learn or get out of it other than, hopefully, a few good belly laughs.

Big sigh.  I feel like I just ate a pint of Ben and Jerrys.  Very satisfying!

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What the f…?

Posted on March 24, 2012. Filed under: storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

At the storytelling show I was in last weekend, a woman came up to me and pointed at me and laughed. Normally, that might be off putting, but followed by, “Your story is the reason we came,” well, that softens the blow a little.

Of course, the next thing she said was, “I loved the story about your dad. It was so funny! I sent that video of you to all my friends to get them to come.”

It took me a minute to recover. After she said that the story about my dad was funny, I got mentally stuck on that. I mean, the last story I told about my dad was a pretty depressing/uplifting tale about how our relationship changed after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. So I got stuck on thinking, “This lady’s messed up!”

Of course, then I remembered the first story I told about my dad. It was, in fact, very funny. Or, in honor of my dad’s memory, very f*@king funny!

Here’s the video she sent to all her friends, the funny one about my dad:

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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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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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