The two words that have sparked countless jokes about mothers inspired an entire evening of storytelling last night. But last night’s StorySlam was no joke. The theme of the Slam, “Your Mom” conjured tales from our audience storytellers ranging from the somber, to the sentimental, to the comical. Together we celebrated the multitude of experiences we’ve shared with the maternal figures in our lives through the power of storytelling.
It was still early in the show when our winning story, (just the second story of the night) took to the stage. But, within just the first few lines it managed to demand the full attention and heart of everyone in the room. The winning story candidly told of one storyteller’s struggle to reconnect the fragmented memories he carries of his mother and shape them into a story- her story. Search with Andrew as he draws from recollections to draw a portrait of his mother in the video of his winning performance below.
Andrew will join the rest of this season’s Slam winners and complete the roster of storytellers vying for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia” and free Slam admission for life at the 2012 Summer Grand Slam on May 19th at the Annenberg Center of Performing Arts. Tickets are now on sale! Don’t wait to reserve your spot.
Our Audience Favorite story carried a lighter tone. Meet Joli’s mom, a super hero for creatures from all walks (and swims) of life. She is the woman who saved the day over and over again for countless childhood pets. Watch Joli’s video below and learn how she found she has the super hero gene too.
One other very special story came from First Person Arts Executive Director, Jamie J. Brunson. Stay tuned to the First Person Arts YouTube Channel for the video of her story coming soon!
Thanks to all of our audience storytellers. Special thanks also to our host, SM Shrake and to everyone who came out last night. See you at the Grand Slam!
Andrew, Winning Storyteller – “Your Mom,” First Person Arts StorySlam
Joli, Audience Favorite Storyteller – “Your Mom,” First Person Arts StorySlam