Last night, First Person Arts had the pleasure to host Stripped Stories, the hilarious and unpredictable sex-themed storytelling show, for the second time! FPA first presented Stripped Stories at the 2011 First Person Festival in November. The event was so popular that FPA decided to bring the show back to the city of brotherly love for a second time featuring a brand new line up of artists!
Guest storytellers told tales of sexual pursuits, both bold and embarrassing. Moth Grand Slam champions Margot Leitman and Giulia Rozzi emceed the show and told their own sex-themed stories, along with contributors Elna Baker (The Moth, This American Life), Dave Hill (This American Life) and Dava Krause. Jessica Delfino performed a special musical performance, and the audience participated in a special game of Never Have I Ever. The event was held at Philly’s newest concert hall, Union Transfer, which some of you might remember as the former Spaghetti Warehouse.
All 300 guests were eligible to take part in an especially sexy raffle. The prize? A basket full of titillating items, such as vibrators, chocolate strawberry lubricant, some sex/relationship themed books, and two free tickets to regularly scheduled StorySlams! Special thanks to Passional’s Sexploratorium, Quirk Books, and Honey Pot.
To add to the festivities, Union Transfer served up Happy Hour specials before and after the show. Guests were delighted to see that a Philadelphia favorite, Little Babies ice cream, was being served the the concession stand, boasting exotic and delicious flavors such as Birch Beer Vanilla Bean, Coconut Chai, and Peanut Butter Maple Tarragon.
Each storyteller was engaging, funny and open. As a This American Life fan, one of my personal highlights of the night was Elna Baker’s moving and thoughtful story on how her sex-life has been affected by her Mormon upbringing. Margot Leitman was also a favorite, retelling the tale of her adventures in London, England.
It was absolutely wonderful to see such a large turnout for an event First Person Arts was particularly excited about! Everyone who participated was absolutely wonderful.