I just wanted to share a way I've been telling stories lately that has been really meaningful for me. Click here to read a short piece about it...
Merry Christmas, everybody. I mean, I don't celebrate, but I am totally tolerant of Christmas.
I've got a lot of shows coming up in January. After a solid week of hibernating in my apartment, it will be fun to see if I can still be a normal human being! (If by normal I mean revealing personal details about my life in front of a microphone…) Here they are:
Saturday, January 4th, 6:00 pm: THE LIAR SHOW at Cornelia Street Cafe
Tuesday, January 7th, 9:30 pm: CAMP SUNSHINE at the PIT Theater
get tickets here!
Monday, January 13th, : SOUNDTRACK SERIES at Le Poisson Rouge
get $5 tickets here! Or $8 tickets at the door...
Wednesday, January 15th: THE MOTH NYC GRANDSLAM at Music Hall of Williamsburg
this sells out fast… so get 'em while you can!
Hope to see you at one of them-- they are ALL shows I'm really excited about...
I was so excited to join The Moth in Oklahoma City last week for the Mainstage show. The theme was "Learning Curves." I got to hang out with amazing folks, including Shannon Cason, Trisha Mitchell Coburn, Dan Kennedy, Rachel Hubbard Smith, Alexandra Rosas, and of course Moth producer Kirsty Bennett and Moth director Maggie Cino. Dan Kennedy and I reminisced about the band we had in the mid-90's, Chip Dip and the New Experience. (You can get our album on cassette, used, on eBay-- but we never digitized any of our songs. Dan thought it took the soul of a song if you digitized it.)
I'll be at a few of the StorySLAMs coming up, putting my name in the hat, and I'll also be telling stories at a couple shows in the next month or so:
OCTOBER 18: SOUNDTRACK SERIES AT THE MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE in QUEENS, NY
NOVEMBER 9: SPEAK UP at REAL ART WAYS in HARTFORD, CT
NOVEMBER 14: ARMANDO DIAZ EXPERIENCE at MAGNET THEATER in NYC
Man, I just do NOT update this enough. Last weekend was NYU Ed Theatre's Instant Gratification Festival. I wrote a play in about 9 hours called "The Physicist Always Rings Twice." It was a noir set at a summer camp for gifted and talented youth. If you'd like to host a reading of this lovely 10 minute TYA play, even in your living room, give me a shout. Here is a sample of the noir-ishness:
She stood in my doorway, all 4 foot 9 of her, filling out her camp T-shirt like it was an early decision college application.
Baby Botashansky. 13 years old and already published in a peer-reviewed sociology journal.
You have to forgive me because I wrote it between 9 pm and 6 am.
Katie McSherry did the wonderful direction and the event was curated by my soul sister Rachel Whorton. Watch this space for more from me and her.
Hi! My radio hour story is about a challenging teaching situation... if you'd like to use the story to talk about teaching, here's the YouTube video of it. (If your school doesn't allow YouTube videos, get in touch and I can help you get access-- or use the audio, available on PRX here.)
I've also performed two other teaching stories so far on Moth stages-- one whose theme was "Moving," about a boy who couldn't stop moving in class, and another whose theme was "Theft," about a rash of mysterious Lego thefts. Check them out on my Storytelling page, and if you'd like to talk to me about teacher stories (hearing more, telling some, bringing the Moth to work with your school) I would love to hear from you. Get in touch!
This week I am on the Moth Radio Hour, along with some other excellent storytellers-- including my longtime hero, SUZANNE VEGA. A friend recommended that I listen on an actual radio, which I'm going to try to do. The Moth Radio Hour is on NPR across the country; here, on WNYC, it airs Wednesdays at 8 pm on 93.9 FM, Saturdays at 2 pm on 93.9 FM, and Saturdays at 7 pm on AM 820. Tune in! And then go here to see some little extras (including a video from when I taught 3rd grade).
My dream is coming true and I'll be telling a story at ASK ME STORIES!
Tuesday, April 23:
ASK ME STORIES: LADIES NIGHT!
Hosted by the wondrous David Crabb and Cammi Climaco...
Blaise Allysen Kearsley
1 Sheridan Square
New York, NY
Doors at 7:30
Show at 8:00
$10 Suggested donation
I just got the video of my Moth Grand Slam story in October. Here it is, enjoy!
I'm a teacher, storyteller, writer and doctoral student living in New York City. I'm also The Moth Education Program Manager.