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04/17/2014

Outsmarting Google

Winning and Audience Favorite Storyteller: Justine
Slam Theme: Lost in Translation
Story Highlights: Google, Job Recruitment, Computer Geeks, Math Nerds, Zip Drive, Actors, Intellectual Property

Justine interviews for a job with Google and is determined to ace their nontraditional applicant evaluations.

-Becca

04/11/2014

Meet RISK Storyteller, Olga!

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Name: Olga Schmutz
Age: Doesn’t matter
Location: Philadelphia

Q: What’s the “riskiest” thing you’ve ever done in public? (Besides performing in RISK?…)

A: I peed while seated on a park bench talking to a couple friends at dusk in Center City, Philadelphia in Rittenhouse. How? I lifted my dress pulled my thong to the side & let it out… NO one ever noticed a thing, Except for my friend sitting next to me wondering ‘What is that sound?’ :)

Q: RISK is all about bold, fierce, and uncensored storytelling. Where is the last place you would be caught dead telling the tale you’re going to perform on 4/11 at Underground Arts and why?

A: At an Elementary school. I would tell the story anywhere except in front of children. Bless them.

Q: Who is your performer/storytelling idol and why?

A: George Carlin. Absolute genius!

Q: FPA’s mission is to transform the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art. What would chapter 6 of your memoir be called? 

A: “Boarding School with Spanish Catholic Nuns” OR “Spanish Boarding School & Catholic Nuns”

Q: What makes you a good storyteller?

A: I enjoy telling real stories. I get really into it recreating the story making it come “alive” with vivid details, sounds and gestures so that the audience can not only imagine it but “feel” the story.

See Olga perform in RISK! led by Kevin Allison of MTV’s The State on 4/11 at Underground Arts. Tix on sale here. For a limited time: Get your tix to RISK! + Grand Slam and SAVE! More info/buy here.

04/10/2014

Meet RISK! Storyteller, Kitty!

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Name: Kitty Hailey
Age: Old enough to know better
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Q: What’s the “riskiest” thing you’ve ever done in public? (Besides performing in RISK?…)

A: Oh, so many things. Half my life has been pretending to be other people. I’d say it was the time I went to a high profile wedding at a prestigious Philadelphia hotel and four different people knew me by four different names from pretexts I had performed in the course of my work as a professional investigator. To one I was an interior designer, to another I was a mother seeking her lost daughter, to a third I was a new neighbor moving into the neighborhood, and I actually worked with the fourth for a while to see what was happening in the shop owned by a client. I juggled all of these personae, kept the people away from each other, and still managed to enjoy the wedding. But it was a challenge remembering who I was when I went to different parts of the room!

Q: RISK is all about bold, fierce, and uncensored storytelling. Where is the last place you would be caught dead telling the tale you’re going to perform on 4/11 at Underground Arts and why?

A: Hopefully NOT at Underground Arts on 4/11. Probably it would be telling it to my dad (if he were still alive) because he never saw his little girl as someone who would or could do the things I’ve done in my professional life. I think he raised me to be a sweet, quiet, helpful homemaker…and look what happened!

Q: Who is your performer/storytelling idol and why?

A: Lucille Ball! She’s a fierce redhead who is not afraid to speak her mind, do what she wants, or get pie in her face. And oh my god did she tell whoppers! My ego is big about my investigative abilities, but I laugh at myself constantly and am not afraid to do almost anything.

Q: FPA’s mission is to transform the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art. What would chapter 6 of your memoir be called?

A: It IS called…”Husband #3.”

Q: What makes you a good storyteller?

A: My life experiences and the amazing First Person Arts audiences.

See Kitty perform in RISK! led by Kevin Allison of MTV’s The State on 4/11 at Underground Arts. Tix on sale here. For a limited time: Get your tix to RISK! + Grand Slam and SAVE! More info/buy here.

04/08/2014

Meet RISK! Storyteller, Alexander!

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Name: Alexander Kacala
Age: 27
Location: Fishtown, Philadelphia

Q: What’s the “riskiest” thing you’ve ever done in public? (Besides performing in RISK…?)

A: Eat Buffalo wings. If you have seen me eat wings, you would know why this is RISKY. Especially on a first date. #messy

Q: RISK is all about bold, fierce, and uncensored storytelling. Where is the last place you would be caught dead telling the tale you’re going to perform on 4/11 at Underground Arts and why?

A: Probably to a room full of people drinking. Or maybe a room full of sober people. I am not sure who I would offend more.

Q: Who is your performer/storytelling idol and why?

A: This is tough. I would say Sandra Bernhard. There is something very raw about her performance. Raw and real yet perfectly curated.

Q: FPA’s mission is to transform the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art. What would chapter 6 of your memoir be called?

A: “Adult Diapers Never Looked So Trendy”

Q: What makes you a good storyteller?

A: My shimmy abilities. Lightning fast and quite compelling.

See Alexander perform in RISK! led by Kevin Allison of MTV’s The State on 4/11 at Underground Arts. Tix on sale here. For a limited time: Get your tix to RISK! + Grand Slam and SAVE! More info/buy here.

04/07/2014

Meet RISK! Storyteller, Teresa!

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Name: Teresa Marquard
Age: 32
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia

Q: What’s the “riskiest” thing you’ve ever done in public? (Besides performing in RISK?…)

A: I am 4 1/2 months pregnant and the father hasn’t married me yet…so I don’t think I should share the riskiest thing I’ve done in public until that happens!

Q: RISK is all about bold, fierce, and uncensored storytelling. Where is the last place you would be caught dead telling the tale you’re going to perform on 4/11 at Underground Arts and why?

A: I’m actually pretty excited to tell this story. Unfortunately it comes on the heels of my mother’s death, but I know she would be proud.

Q: Who is your performer/storytelling idol and why?

A: I like the Muslims that stand outside of the giant clothespin and scream at me about Allah.  I have no idea what they’re saying but hopefully they can raise enough money to buy a better PA system so I can. They’re enthusiasm is enticing.

Q: FPA’s mission is to transform the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art. What would chapter 6 of your memoir be called? 

A: Career Day: Teenage Years I Spent Rating Every Mental Health Facility in Philadelphia

Q: What makes you a good storyteller?

A: I never said I was a good storyteller. But thanks!

See Teresa perform in RISK! led by Kevin Allison of MTV’s The State on 4/11 at Underground Arts. Tix on sale here. For a limited time: Get your tix to RISK! + Grand Slam and SAVE! More info/buy here.

04/04/2014

Meet RISK! Storyteller, Thomas

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Name: Thomas Anthony Dixon Jr.
Age: 29
Location: Philadelphia

Q: What’s the “riskiest” thing you’ve ever done in public? (Besides performing in RISK!…)

A: Starting a new life as a middle school teacher in South Korea OR going to the UAE this past New Year’s Eve. It was my first time going on one of my NYE trips entirely alone since experiencing a brain injury that caused me to lose my day-to-day episodic memory.

Q: RISK is all about bold, fierce, and uncensored storytelling. Where is the last place you would be caught dead telling the tale you’re going to perform on 4/11 at Underground Arts and why?

A: North Korea, or any other extremely repressive regime because I admit just how much I do not know and how meeting other people has challenged me to address that lack of knowledge/awareness of the world, which such regimes will not allow.

Q: Who is your performer/storytelling idol and why?

A: Jill Bolte Taylor because in sharing the story of her stroke and recovery, and in educating the
public about it via her speaking, she has provided a model for how I can process and share my own story.

Q: FPA’s mission is to transform the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art. What would chapter 6 of your memoir be called?

A: “Traumatic Brain Injury? Technologically Beyond It!” (It had been the title of my first Nerd Nite talk, actually.) OR “Would There Ever Be Enough? The Travels Continue…”

Q: What makes you a good storyteller?

A: I try very hard to put myself within the role of another person and analyze the parts of my own life that have led me to think and feel in particular ways. Examples: Do I think this way because I am from the USA? From this specific part of it? Because I am male? Or of a particular age? Because I pursued higher education? Because I’m white?

I tell myself when I meet another person that it was completely random that I was born as myself–and even that I was born at all. I end up treating others as if I could have been them instead. I try to treat other people how I would hope to be treated if I were them. One cannot assume to understand enough of another easily. That’s why I went into psychology and why I’m still studying the field.

See Thomas perform in RISK! hosted by Kevin Allison of MTV’s The State on 4/11 at Underground Arts. Tix on sale here. For a limited time: Get your tix to RISK! + Grand Slam and SAVE! More info/buy here.

03/26/2014

Dave’s Dating Disaster

Winning Storyteller: Dave
Slam Theme: Awkward
Story Highlights: Missed Signals, Red Flags, Hugs Gone Wrong, Billy Joel

On a first date, Dave launches an accidental proposition that he can’t fully take back.

- Becca

03/20/2014

Most Awkward Countdown

To get you pumped for this Tuesday’s L’Etage StorySlam on the theme “Awkward”, here’s a countdown of our top 5 strangest, weirdest, and most uncomfortable tales in the FPA archive. Enjoy!

#5 Deniz, “Do the Right Thing” StorySlam
Deniz relives the glories of youth: acne, lopsided afros, and apple patches on his shorts. Thanks, mom!

#4 Anissa, “Ex-Files” StorySlam
Anissa is caught in a wormhole/vortex of love.

#3 Andrew, RISK! at the 2013 First Person Arts Festival
Andrew is desperate to impress his ultrasound technician.

#2 Nimisha, “Second Chances” StorySlam
Nimisha reveals the tale of how she found true love and her parents’ hilarious and shocking response.

#1 Steve, “Ex-Files” StorySlam
Steve is unable to contain himself during an awkward high school date at a church carnival.

-Becca

03/19/2014

The Rain Lady

Audience Favorite: Aaron
Slam Theme: On The Job
Story Highlights: Portland, Kool-Aid Jammers, neighbors, aggressive letters, yard signs

While setting up his own business, Aaron chooses the wrong person to vent to about the weather.

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- Karlem, Marketing Intern

03/17/2014

Teresa’s Life Changing Call

Winner Storyteller: Teresa
Slam Theme: On The Job
Story Highlights: coffee, pancakes, restaurant opening, disgruntled customers, phone call

Teresa receives a call at work that turns her world upside down.

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- Karlem, Marketing Intern

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Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam @ L’Etage: Wild Things
  • Date: April 22, 2014
  • Time: Doors at 7:30PM, Slam starts at 8:30PM
  • Venue: L'Etage Cabaret
  • Location: 6th and Bainbridge Streets, Philadelphia
  • StorySlam @ Underground Arts: Grand Slam
  • Date: May 16, 2014
  • Time: 8PM
  • Venue: Underground Arts
  • Location: 1200 Callowhill St., Philadelphia