Dayton Story Slam, which is based on Public Radio’s “The Moth” format, encourage local story tellers to share true stories, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. This Tuesday, September 20th at 7pm host Bryan Suddith will kick off the season with a story, then draws tellers names randomly from a hat, inviting that person to take the stage and share a five minute story with the audience.
Just like The Moth, “each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.”
“When you can share from a vulnerable place what is different inside you based on that little event, those are the stories that people grab onto. It goes beyond socioeconomic status, what part of town you’re from, what color you are… The same elements appeal to everyone in the audience,” Suddith said.
Teams of judges chosen from the audience score the 10 highlighted stories. Every StorySLAM produces a StorySLAM winner. In June, the winners from each month are invited back for the Grand Slam and the Grand Champion is crowned.
Tips for Tellers:
- Be forewarned. Stories are told, not read.
- Have a great first line that sets up the stakes and grabs attention.
- Know your story well enough so you can have fun!
- Steer clear of meandering endings.
- No standup routines please.
- No rants.
- No essays.
Dayton Story Slam
Hosted by Wiley’s Comedy Club
101 Pine Street in the Oregon Distict
Doors open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 7pm
Tickets are $5 at the door,plus a 2 item minimum in the showroom.