Press Round Up: FPA’s Grand Slam is covered by Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Magazine, WHYY’s Newsworks Tonight, and more.
Winners of First Person Arts’ monthly StorySlams gathered together on May 16 at Underground Arts to compete for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia”. The 7th season of FPA StorySlams was brought to a close with a sold out, standing room only show.
This season’s Grand Slam theme was “Out There”. Popular FPA storyteller, Steve Clark, took his second Grand Slam victory, winning over celebrity judges from WHYY, Red Tettemer O’Connell + Parters, and Painted Bride Quarterly with a personal story about boy bands, awkwardness, and love. The press was out in full force to cover the Grand Slam:
“We all have stories, but these people have really, really good stories, and they’re really good at telling them,” writes Julie Zeglen of Philadelphia City Paper.
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Bryan Butler at Philadelphia Magazine sat down with Steve to discuss what it feels like to be a two-time Grand Slam winner: “To be named ‘Best Storyteller in Philadelphia’ is not an easy task. Yet, Steve Clark has won the title, not once, but twice: the Philadelphian has taken home the crown from First Person Arts two consecutive years in a row (2013 and 2014).”
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Peter Crimmins of WHYY’s Newsworks Tonight interviewed Steve on his storytelling technique, “Clark took the crown at Underground Arts in North Chinatown for his story about romantic awkwardness informed by the lyrics of 1990s boy bands such as Five and the Backstreet Boys. Clark, as tall as he is nervous, approached the theme of the evening — ‘Out There’ — by tracing the distance between the romantic scenarios playing out in his head and those that actually happened.”
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Mikala Jamison at Philadelphia City Paper summed up the night concisely, “As always, the Slam proved to be among the best events in Philly in terms of making an audience feel like a community. These people, and their stories, are so very real, so very relatable, even in their most painful moments. Especially then. It takes a lot of guts to get up on stage and talk your way through the human experience, but to the storytellers, I say: we’re so glad you do it.”
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Read more about FPA’s 2014 May Grand Slam via:
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We’ll be wiping the slate clean and kicking off a brand new StorySlam season starting next month. Click here for a full schedule of next season’s Slam dates and themes.