Remember college? Or were you too dazed to remember? Come hear or tell a story about college room mates, food plans, pranks, teachers, libraries, parties, the new things you learned and tried and all the people you met. Bring your best personal story about those College Dayz, make it 5 minutes and make it count! 1st and 2nd place prizes, and bragging rights for all time.
Special guest hosts Join Dan “Danger” Dahari and Di “The Yellow Dart” Valentine as your hosts for College Dayz
After a successful story slam at the Precinct during last year’s season Diana Valentine brings it back for slam number 3. Tickets $5.00 available for early sales $7.00 at the door. click on http://massmouth.eventbrite.com/
WHAT IS A STORY SLAM?
· What is story slam? a story slam is a competition based on the art of storytelling. It puts a dual emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they're saying and how they say it. It is an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit. It is great entertainment.
· What is a story slam competition? A story slam is a competitive event in which storyteller s perform their work and are judged by panels made up of professional and nonprofessional storytellers who are massmouth members and members of the audience. The host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores based on the storyteller s' content and performance.
· Who gets to participate? massmouth story slams are open to everyone 18+ years of age who wishes to sign up and can get into the venue. 10 names are selected from a box of slips entered by attendees with a story at the beginning of the evening. People’s Choice and Big Mouth’s Choice contestants may be added at the organizer’s discretion.
· What are the rules?
Each story must be of the storyteller’s own invention Copyright laws apply to literary works, and at story slams too. Your lived experience, told in the first person is the audience expectation. Judges will not award prizes to creative fiction, parody or traditional folklore, myths or other genres.
Each storyteller gets 5 minutes
(plus a under a 1 minute grace period) to tell a story. If the storyteller goes up to or over the 6 minute time, 1 full point will be deducted from the total score.
The storyteller may not use:
notes • props •costumes • musical instruments
Stories are judged on:
How much of a ‘story’ is developed in the time limits • How well a ‘story’ relates to the theme • How well stories are presented
A story slam is competition of stories not storytellers. Judging is weighted 2 to 1 on story to presentation. Winners may not tell in subsequent season slams but may be invited as feature tellers.
· Are the rules the same from slam to slam? We will adhere to these basic guidelines as updated and posted at massmouth.com / events. Winners of a regulation slam (regulation = a slam using these rules and registered with massmouth) may advance to the semi-finals and Season Finals
· How often do slams happen? What is the big prize: Winners advance to a local semi-finals and then on to Season Finals which is a yearly slam between the winners of the monthly slams.
The 2011 -2012 Grand Finale ~ 1st place is a week in a Tuscan townhouse ~Coolidge Corner Theater • Brookline, WED April 11th from 7PM-9PM Slams will run about 3xs once a month in Greater Boston from OCT to MAR with special events as inspired or needed.
· How does a story slam differ from an open mic telling?A story slam is a challenge to the teller and a gift to the audience, whereas a number of open mic settings are meant as a support network for storytellers. Slam performances are crafted for the audience.
· What can the audience do? Listen, laugh, groan, applaud & weep. No interrupting or heckling.
· What kind of stories are told at slams? Sharing stories that mean something to you, the teller. Story slams focus on true, personal narrative - and that is the intent of these events.
PRECINCT, Previously home to the Somerville Police Department is a unique basement-venue that features an outdoor beer garden/patio, live music every night, food served late, and sporting events.
Getting to The Precinct by public transportation Red Line MBTA:to Harvard Square, then the #86 (Sullivan Square) bus to Union Square. Orange Line MBTA: to Sullivan Square, then the #86 (Allston) bus or the #91 (Central Square) bus to Union Square.Green Line MBTA: to Lechmere Station, then the #87 (Clarendon Hill) bus to Union Square.
On April 11, 2012, 7-9PM All the finalists will gather at Coolidge Corner, main theater to compete for a week in a medeival townhouse in Tuscany and other prizes.
See eventbrite for semifinals and final slam tickets: http://massmouth.eventbrite.com/
“Because you have a life, you have a story. Bring it!” Listen to our podcasts at iTunes and podcast webpage. And check out our video archive to get an idea about 5 minute stories http://massmouth.ning.com/video
Other massmouth slams this season:
Mondays: Club Passim in Cambridge, MA and Semi finals in March 2012
Tuesdays: Somerville, Cambridge and other venues Semi-finals in March 2012
Semi Finals: in March 11th for JP events
Finals: WED APRIL 11th the Finals will be at Coolidge Corner Theater main theater Brookline, 7-9PM