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What’s Your Story About Eric?

We want to hear from anyone and everyone that knows our contestants. Are you a Co-Worker? Best Friend? Second Cousin? Ex-lover? Or did you have a transcendent experience watching them tell a story at a Slam? Whoever you are we want your most joyful/hilarious/insane/petrifying story! Post it in the comments section for your chance to win one free ticket to our Summer Grand Slam Competition, July 24th at the Painted Bride. Winners will be chosen on July 19th.This contest is now closed but keep reading about our storytellers! See who won here.

R. Eric’s Life Story:
R. Eric Thomas is a playwright, storyteller and lethargic blogger. Previously produced plays include Welcome to the Neighborhood, Linda Davis and The Spectator. He is delighted to be competing in his second Grand Slam. He was seen earlier this week at the First Person Arts/Queer Memoir Salon reading from his essay, “Run Girl, Run”. He is currently working on a collection of non-fiction entitled “Enormously Awkward: (Mostly) True Stories + Things That Are Better Left Unsaid” and workshopping a new play. You can find more essays, videos and unflattering photos at www.enormouslyawkward.blogspot.com

R. Eric’s Winning StorySlam: First Impressions (February at World Cafe Live)
Eric prided himself on being the attractive, well-dressed gay black man of the office. Until one day He arrives. At first Eric indulges an elaborate romantic fantasy, until he discovers that the object of his affection is basically Eric 2.0, a doppelganger with the face of John Legend and the ass of a Greek god. Eric’s hilarious tale chronicles how his arduous passion was instantly transformed into self-loathing and animosity towards his better self.

Storyteller Q&A

1) What was the last thing (contest, competition, etc.) you’ve won? (not counting our StorySlam)
I’ll tell you what I didn’t win–my office’s baked goods contest, which is total BS. I made 48 cupcakes in 90 degree heat lost to a damn banana pudding. A damn banana pudding! Bananas. Pudding. Ridiculous. So, the last thing I won was the Student Council election at Columbia back in the 20th century. I was also nominated for an Oscar last year. But like my Aunt Hildy always says, “If you don’t win, you’re a loser. And you’ll never amount to much.”

2) The theme is Show and Tell. What was the silliest/best/coolest object you took to Show and Tell in elementary school?
I was a very private child and went to elementary school with a bunch of busybodies and gossips so I never brought anything for show and tell except my righteous indignation. Rude little 7-year-olds.

3) What is unique about your storytelling style?
It skirts that razor’s edge between total catastrophe and quasi-artistic. It’s completely dependent on my own chaotic misunderstanding of life. It involves a lot of squawking.

4) Why should your Slam opponents be nervous about competing against you?
Because I have an Old West sense of justice.

5) Boring question double header- where do you live (neighborhood or town) and how old are you?
I live in the wind. I am as old as the trees. (I live in South Philly. I’m 29.)

Okay fans, here is where you get to have your say! Post away! And check out our other contestants by clicking here.

Upcoming Events
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  • Date: March 7, 2019
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