What is storytelling really? I say I’m going to Lithuania to teach storytelling, but what is that? Reading story books to kids in the library? Telling a ghost story by the campfire? Confessing about that time you were so drunk and you woke up in your best friend’s brother’s bed?
It’s all that, but I tell true, personal stories without notes, Moth-like. It’s a mix between a speech, stand-up comedy, writing, improv and therapy (of an alternative nature). The stories are about what really happened to me. The performances by multiple storytellers are usually around a theme.
You can see it live and in person when I will tell a story titled, When I Almost Killed My Grandma, with The Story Department on Tuesday night. The theme is Mommy Dearest and my story takes place in Portugal, when my Grandma served as my temporary Mom, even though I was almost 30 years old. Catherine Berry, winner of Best of the Fest at Frontera Fest this year, will also be telling a story. It’s just $8, to raise money for a non-profit that teaches writing to kids. Come if you can, because you are going to want to know more about my super young Portuguese boyfriend.