Meet Grand Slam Contestant Lisa!
Philly’s biggest storytelling showdown, The Grand Slam, returns on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival! This past season’s most talented StorySlammers will take the Prince Music Theater‘s stage and go head-to-head with their best real-life tales on the theme “Thanks A Lot”. Tickets on sale here!
We want to properly introduce you to each of our fabulous contestants to give you a sense of what you can expect at the Grand Slam. First up is Lisa Nelson-Haynes, no stranger to FPA, and surely no stranger to the stage.
Name: Lisa Nelson-Haynes
Slam won: “New Kid” @ World Cafe Live
AG: What was the last thing you won (StorySlam not included)?
LNH: My husband’s heart.
AG: This is our 13th Annual FPA Fest. In honor of that, could you share with us a 13 word story?
LNH: There once was a girl from Lansdowne, she’s destined to win the storyteller’s crown.
AG: For the first time ever, the winner of this Grand Slam will get a $250 CASH PRIZE! What will you do with the money if you win?
LNH: Have my dog, Gracie, neutered.
AG: What would your dream theme be for a StorySlam? What story would you tell?
LNH: Theme: I see dead people. Story I’d tell: Seeing my deceased grandparents during the natural (no drugs) labor of both my children.
AG: Who would you love to perform live on stage with?
LNH: Glynn Washington creator and host of Snap Judgement.
AG: Why are you a good storyteller? (aka why should your competitors be scared?)
LNH: My competitors should be scared because I was a hoodoo priestess in a past life and I’ve rendered a spell which will turn their tongues into jelly at 5pm on Thurs., Nov. 6 thru to 12 am on Fri., Nov. 7.
–Alyssa Guckin, Marketing Intern