Great storytellers can be powerfully enjoyable to hear go on and on about that time they went to a water slide and accidentally received an enema from the experience. In a white bikini. Then pretended to faint. We all know from listening to someone repeat the same lines, employ generic descriptions and strategically gulp and um through the tale that storytelling is an art form, and one we all are capable of developing. The benefits of spinning a compelling yarn can be vital in friendships as well as business relationships, and certainly for people who care about generally spreading good cheer. Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte started the Porchlight storytelling series in 2002; its a consistently excellent first-person narrative event in which six nonprofessionals get up and speak extemporaneously about their lives. Both Hells Angels and professional ballerinas have graced its stage. Tonight, Lisick and Klatte lead Personal Stories for the Stage, the first of four Tuesday classes in which folks of any skill level can learn to hone their storytelling craft, culminating in a group performance on the final night. Everyone has a story, so come figure out what yours is and how to tell it with aplomb.
Tuesdays. Starts: May 10. Continues through May 31, 2011