True Stories (Told Live) – May 18, 2021

Around three years ago, I saw my first True Stories (Told Live) show and I was mesmerized. I know then that I wanted in on this magical experience. So I emailed Marsha Shandur and expressed my interest. The wait list was over a year away, and I was scheduled in for November 2019.

True Stories (Told Live) is a storytelling event. The storytellers are required to tell a story about themselves, it must be true (as alluded to by the name), and it must be told without a script or props.

As the date approached, my health didn’t cooperate and I was unable to participate. I wrote about it here.

November 2019 was rescheduled to March 2020.

March 2020 was rescheduled to September 2020.

September 2020 was rescheduled to November 2020.

November 2020 was rescheduled to January 2021.

January 2021 was rescheduled to May 2021.

To be clear, I take full ownership of the postponements. They were all done at my request because I just wasn’t ready.

Throughout all the postponements, was a knot in my gut comprised of fear that my stories would be of no interest to an audience; that I had no stories to tell. Indeed, every time I postponed, I had absolutely no idea what story was calling out to me.

A week ago, the story landed.

Tonight, I’m finally meeting (virtually) with Marsha to prep for the show and work out my story. I’m super excited (and quite terrified).

I hope you will join me and the other storytellers on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm. Tickets can be acquired here.

True Stories Told Live

Well over a year ago, I attended a True Stories Told Live storytelling event and was blown away by the stories and the way the storytellers forged a connection with the audience . Me being me, I wanted in.

So I signed up to tell a story at a future show and was slotted in for November 2019. Back then, it seemed so very far away.

November has been challenging for me on the health front with a chronic illness. I already had to pass on performing in a different show last week and I’ve missed several weeks of my choir rehearsals. So my storytelling debut has been postponed to March 24, 2020 and will be part of the Toronto Storytelling Festival. I’m very much looking forward to it.

If you want to check out the upcoming show, head to the Garrison on November 26, 2019. Doors 6:45pm, Storytelling begins sharply at 7:30pm.

Past Live Performances & Readings

July 5, 2021: Sing for Your Supper (Co-Producer)

June 28, 2021: A Song for Rachel (Director – Alumnae Theatre Company)

June 18, 2021: Arcadia (Corona Cold Reads)

June 14, 2021: Sing for Your Supper (Co-Producer)

June 11, 2021: Tartuffe (Corona Cold Reads)

June 7, 2021: Lost in Yonkers (Alumnae Theatre Company)

June 4, 2021: Cyrano de Bergerac (Corona Cold Reads)

May 28, 2021: Angels in America: Perestroika (Corona Cold Reads)

May 21, 2021: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Corona Cold Reads)

May 19, 2021: True Stories Told Live

May 3, 2021: Sing for Your Supper (Co-Producer)

April 5, 2021: Slay It With Flowers (Alumnae Theatre Company New Play Development)

April 2, 2021: Marshmellow Sky (Under the Headstocks)

March 20, 2021: Intimate Perspectives (We All Shine Productions)

March 1, 2021: Toil and Trouble (Alumane Theatre Company)

February 12, 2021: When Harry Met Sally (Corona Cold Reads)

February 5, 2021: Shakespeare in Love (Corona Cold Reads)

February 2, 2021: Mia Now and Then written by Marlo K. Shaw (Tuesday’s at 9 Chicago)

January 18, 2021: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Alumnae Theatre Company)

December 19, 2020: It’s A Wonderful Life (Corona Cold Reads)

December 12, 2020: Muppet Christmas Carol (Corona Cold Reads)

December 7, 2020: Bus Stop (Alumnae Theatre’s Company)

December 5, 2020: A Few Good Men (Corona Cold Reads)

November 28, 2020: The Newsroom (Corona Cold Reads)

October 12, 2020: The Book of Will (Alumnae Theatre Company)

October 10, 2020: The Seagull (Corona Cold Reads)

October 3, 2020: Ivanoff (Corona Cold Reads)

September 7, 2020: Lion in the Streets (Alumnae Theatre Company)

August 17, 2020: Circle Mirror Transformation (Alumnae Theatre Company)

August 10, 2020: Sing For Your Supper, “It’s Friday…

July 27, 2020: Cloud Nine (Alumnae Theatre Company)

July 6, 2020: Blue Stockings (Alumnae Theatre Company)

May 14, 2020: Legible Intelligibles @Zoom, “My Love Letter to Zoom”

March 1, 2020: Theatre Pub @The Painted Lady

February 4, 2020: VoicED @Super Wonder Gallery

January 6, 2020: Sing For Your Supper @Tarragon, “Ted & Peggy

October 4, 2019: Through, Not Around @Firefly Creative Writing

September 23, 2019: Tom Hendry Nominee Gala @Arts & Letters Club

September 21, 2019: Human Library, Bi Arts Festival @Buddies in Bad Times, “Being the Elephant in the Room: My Life as a Fat Woman

June 10, 2019: Emerging Writers Reading Series @Glad Day Bookshop, “The Move

April 11, 2019: Through, Not Around reading and book signing @Queen Books, excerpt from “Dandelions in my Belly Garden”

February 16, 2019: Romance Writing Night @Firefly Creative Writing, “Rebecca’s sheet

February 13, 2019: VoicED @Tranzac Club, “I Am (revisited)

January 25, 2019: Through, Not Around  book launch @Mt. Sinai Hospital, excerpt from “Dandelions in my Belly Garden”

June 8, 2018: The Big One @80 Mill Street, “She Needs a Hug.” and “A Big Ass Seat.”

May 29, 2018: Spoken Lives @Mustard Seed, “How I Learned to Love Myself.”

March 17, 2018: Steam Up the Windows @Firefly Creative Writing, “Joel

February 27, 2018: Bedpost Sex and Sexuality Show @Super Wonder Gallery, “A Public Service Announcement”

February 14, 2018: Open Mic: Valentine’s Day Edition @Firefly Creative Writing, “198 Pages

February 9, 2018: Bedpost Sex and Sexuality Show @Social Capital, “A Public Service Announcement

October 18, 2017: Open Mic @Firefly Creative Writing, “I Am.”