The last few weeks have been pretty intense. I’m in the final stages of Yearbook production at work and got to do the previously blogged about live readings over the last two weekends. I had a good time getting out in front of an audience with a manuscript of my own crafting in my very own two hands. And it was hard. I’m not a very practiced live storyteller yet, and while I’ve got decent instincts, I’ve got a lot to learn. In addition, I realized that I’ve spent most of the last two years focused on learning scripted performance and improv with the energy from my creative bucket, and my writing skills are feeling pretty rusty.
So. Puzzle: How do I distribute the small amounts of creative time I have during the school year to work on both writing and storytelling and performance?
I’m not sure. It doesn’t help that I want to do everything.
I am a lucky girl. I’ve been invited to read at TWO events in the next two weeks. New, original, and NEVER BEFORE SEEN stories will be told by your very own Voix at the following events in Minneapolis:
On Saturday, March 5th from 7-10pm we’ll be hosting the swankiest swankfest of a lit mag launch party ever at Honey in NE Minneapolis. The night will feature readings by local heroes John Jodzio, Matt Mauch, Michele Campbell, and Robert Voedisch, live tunes by the lovely trio The Chord and the Fawn, a full scale digital art slideshow, some super badass giveaways, and, most importantly, the first chance to get your grubby little paws on Paper Darts Volume 3. Stay for the readings, art, music, and lame 90s pop culture references, then come out to the Red Stag Supper Club afterwards to take official after party shots of milk.
Location: Honey in NE, 205 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.
It’s the storytelling version of Sid Vicious doing a Sinatra tune! The Rockstars put their own spin on classic stories like a cover band in a crappy bar. Except our bar isn’t crappy. It’s cool. With, like, imported beer and s#!t.
Sunday, March 13th at the Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis
Doors at 6pm, show starts at 7.
Tickets $12 / $10 with a Fringe button or Rockstar Trading Card for March
Purchase tickets here! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/156695
OR call 612-825-8949 (no service charge!)
No same day reservations; tickets available at the door day of the show!
If buying tickets at the door, come as close to 6:00 as you can: General Admission (first-come, first-sat) BLB’s full food and bar menu is offered in the theater, so have dinner with us!
I’m so excited I might piddle. Please come see me read my words and make the funny.
Et voilà! The Hot Dish storytelling event went very well – good crowd on hand and a lot of laughs. I told the story of the boy who took me dancing. It seemed like the audience enjoyed it, and I felt pretty good up on the stage.
Video link after the jump… Continue reading Live storytelling: a favorite thing.
Wow – that was really fun! My three show run of Pardon My French had good attendance, plenty of laughter, and enthusiastic participation in all three post-performance panel discussions. I’m satisfied with how it felt to do the show again, and very gratified that so many fellow teachers, community members, and even current and former students came to see me. It seems like my little show has some legs, and I’m delighted to have gotten so much feedback on the content of the show and on my performance. Merci infiniment to everyone who was able to attend.
Creative production is so immensely important to me – writing, performing this show, doing improv, and learning to be a better storyteller take up the majority of my non-teaching life. I hope to start blogging more about this journey I’m on: to become a better and more productive artist. I hope that you’ll join me by checking back in every once and a while and maybe coming to a show if you can. Continue reading Tying it all together
Hey friends –
I didn’t think I’d actually do it, but my old blog is offline.
Next big thing for me is next week’s production of Pardon My French — Here’s the announcement, in case you’ve missed it. Hope you can join me!
Pardon My French: An exploration in teaching and learning
Join us for drama, comedy, and French lessons in this original one woman show about the classroom experiences of a Minneapolis French teacher. The stories performed in Pardon My French get right to the heart of the roller coaster experience of high school. Encounter first hand what this teacher does to connect with her kids in a significant way while maintaining her sense of humor.
Each performance, generously sponsored by MFT59, will be followed by a reception and panel discussion about giving a new voice to teachers and working together to reach solutions that work for our kids, our schools and our community. Panel discussion participants will be announced soon! Let’s have a discussion about how teachers can have a stronger voice in our community and how we can all Stand Up For Students.
Thursday, February 10 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 11 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 12 – 7:00 p.m.
2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Tickets now available!
General admission $10.00 or $8.00 for MFT members
Tickets available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/141966