Like The Moth in New York City, Chicago and L.A., the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild and Touchstone Theatre are co-producing a series of STORY CABARETS for grownups. “Stories aren’t just for kids. In fact most stories aren’t for kids, and we don’t get to tell them, or hear them, very often,” says Story Cabaret creator Mary Wright. “The Moth has become so popular in New York and I thought, it’s about time the Lehigh Valley got itself up-to-date by going back to an ancient art form.”
The plan is to feature two tellers who will have 30 minutes to share personal stories based on a theme. After that the mic is open for others. Open mic stories are limited to 10 minutes. The main rule is no notes. “Part of the experience of something like this is the immediacy of the interaction between the person speaking and the people listening. Reading something you’ve already written doesn’t have the same energy or emotion as sharing it first hand. It’s the experience as much as the stories themselves that make it so rich.”
“We’re calling it BYOSAW or Bring Your Own Story And Wine,” says Wright. A complimentary glass of wine will be offered to all legal adults with admission.
Touchstone’s Café is small, so reservations for seats are recommended, although not required. To reserve a seat or for more information, call Wright at 484-767-2456.
Dennis Boyne & Robin Reichert