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Victory for the Visiting Team

This past Friday night, three of First Person Arts’ finest went up against storytellers from Detroit at the fourth annual City vs. City Slam. The theme was “Mistaken Identity.”

2011 First Person Arts Festival artist and 18-time Moth StorySlam winner, Adam Wade was there as the Guest Storyteller to help kick off the event. Stay tuned for the video of his performance coming soon to the First Person Arts YouTube channel.

It was a close match, but ultimately Team Detroit triumphed with an unprecedented sweep, taking the house with both titles of “Winning City” and “Winning Storyteller.”

The winning story came from SM Shrake, Founder of Story League, who charmed the audience and the judges with his hilarious trail of tears tale, which involved him uprooting from his sophisticated Philly lifestyle to move back to his hometown of Detroit. Watch the video of his winning performance below.

Our humble home team walked away without a title for the first year this year, but we’re not out for the count. We’ll get ’em next time, Team Philly!

Fantastic performances from both teams! Congratulations SM! Congratulations also Team Detroit for winning the title “Winning City!” Special thanks to our host, R. Eric Thomas and to everyone who came out.

SM Shrake, Winning Storyteller Representing Team Detroit

Join us tomorrow night at this month’s Slam at L’Etage.
Tuesday, April 22
L’Etage (6th and Bainbridge Streets)
Doors at 7:30pm, Slam starts at 8:30pm
$10, $8 for First Person Arts members
21+, $4 Well Drink Specials

Pictured above is Team Detroit from left to right: SM Shrake, Jackie Dunayevich, and Diane Ivey. Photo by Pietra Dunmore.

-Becca Jennings

Upcoming Events
  • BEyond Expectations – The Talk: Parents, Sons and the Police
  • Date: March 7, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Venue: SouthWest CDC
  • Location: 6328 Paschall Avenue
  • StorySlam: Promotions (tickets on sale 3/4/19)
  • Date: March 26, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Playground at the Adrienne
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street