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“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” at Diversionary Theatre!

Long Story Short Presents: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Saturday May 13th at Diversionary Theatre

So Say We All’s Long Story Short presents an evening of curated, live, unscripted storytelling. Stories told the old fashioned way. No notes.

These stories, on the theme of “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” are selected and workshopped versions of some of our favorite stories to appear on our Long Story Short stage over the years. Join us at Diversionary Theatre’s Black Box for some very fine stories!

Featuring:
Michael Billingsley
Kirk Faulkner
Paul Georgeades
Suzanne Hoyem
Chris Onderdonk
Caty Schmitter

with host: David Latham.

Tickets: $8 advance ($10 at the door)
MEMBER DISCOUNT: $5 advance ($8 door)
(Members, you should receive a discount code in your email! If you are not yet a member and you’d like to support and sustain the work we do, you can become a member here for as little as $5 per month!)

Saturday, May 13th

7:00 PM
Diversionary Theatre’s Black Box
4545 Park Blvd, #101
San Diego, CA 92116

Power/Full: Meet our performers!

Power/Full: A VAMP Showcase kicks off tonight at 7 PM at The Industry, 871 Harold Place Bldg. 1, Chula Vista, CA 91914.

We’ve met the adult storytellers already: Lizz Huerta, Francisco Martinezcuello, Josh Cole, and Skyler McCurine. Now it’s time to get to know the three high school seniors, selected from our collaboration with High Tech High Chula Vista last year.

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artwork from left: Kyleen Ojeda, Trenece Fearon, Julio Lopez

In the project, the students examined their power from both a biological and literary perspective. They wrote personal narratives on the theme of power, and created stunning artwork about the scientific roots of power.

Meet our high school students featured in tonight’s show!

Trenece Fearon
Trenece is a 17 year old social justice activist who has recently discovered her voice in her community. She is an advocate for the Black Lives Matter Movement, Feminism, and LGBTQ rights. She has a puppy named Nala whom she loves more than anything. Her favorite activities include (but are not limited to), rollerskating, cleaning her glasses (it’s just really satisfying), watching bad horror movies, and eating sugar cookies (not the regular ones, the ones with frosting on them and little sprinkles, yeah those are the best). She is currently on season three of Game of thrones and never wears matching socks.

From her inspiring story, “Boy Cousins”:

The problem with my “tomboy phase” isn’t that I did it to be accepted, it’s that I started associating “Girly things” and “Girly behavior” with weakness.

Kyleen Ojeda
Kyleen became the person her parents wanted her to be because as long as they are happy shouldn’t she be too? It took her a while to realize that her happiness comes before anyone else’s. In her artwork, she replaced the girl’s head with the brain because that is where our personality comes from. That is where we store our memories and thoughts about ourselves. The female figure is only wearing undergarments to represent how vulnerable she felt during a challenging time in her life. Her power comes from her realizing who she is and becoming independent.

And a tiny tease from her heart-wrenching story:

I thought my parents would be the ones to teach me how to tie my shoes.

Julio Lopez
Julio is a senior at High Tech High Chula Vista, and this project has given him one of the most honest and emotionally truthful experiences of his life.

The calm before the storm in his harrowing story, “Futbolito”:

I still clearly remember getting ready for the party. Putting on my Spain jersey my uncle had bought me right after the World Cup, running down the old wooden stairs to go play soccer in the backyard. And the sound of my grandma’s loud and desperate voice yelling at my brother and I from upstairs to stop playing due to the countless flower pots and windows we had completely shattered with our ball over the years.

We hope you’ll join us for tonight’s showcase. See you at The Industry at 7:00 PM. All ages!

Submissions due 10/2 for VAMP: Skeletons in the Closet!

Send us your work! We want to hear your stories, and we want to see you on our stage.

Submissions for our October VAMP are due this upcoming Sunday night, 10/2, at midnight. The showcase will be Thursday, October 27th at Whistle Stop Bar. The theme? “Skeletons in the Closet.” We hope you have fun with this one.

VAMP: Skeletons in the Closet

What do monsters and our darkest, messiest secrets have in common? They’re hiding away in the closet, tucked beneath the bed, balancing trapeze-style from the rafters and why doesn’t the protagonist ever think to look up?

VAMP: Skeletons in the Closet is a showcase of stories about the things we tuck away, the things we only think about in the thick of night, when nobody is watching, when nobody is around to help. Or maybe you actually did once find some bones hanging up behind your winter coats.

Send us your work!

For submission guidelines and a link to our submissions portal: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/submissions/

Please read our submission guidelines! But if you know the drill, to go straight to our Submittable site, click this pretty little button:
Submit button

 

Animal lovers, unite. VAMP is June 30th!

Do you love animals? And do you love stories? We have the purrfect show for you. VAMP: Animal Control is Thursday, June 30th at 8:30 PM at the Whistle Stop Bar. Come hear some fine creative non-fiction stories about the animals in our performer’s lives. VAMP is So Say We All’s monthly curated storytelling showcase, and we tell you stories each month at The Whistle Stop Bar in South Park. Our writers are chosen from a competitive field of blind submissions, and put through a grueling editing and coaching process.

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VAMP: Animal Control is a night of stories about critters. They’re our best friends and our most frightening nightmares. We share this planet with many creatures and even though they don’t know how to build skyscrapers or develop smartphone apps, animals still very much shape our reality in many (sometimes ridiculous) ways. Also, they can be such murderous beasts.

We’ll feature stories about cats, dogs, lab mice, bears, snakes, rats, lizards, gerbils, and… a few surprises. Come hear some tail tales (lol) about the non-humans in our life. The animal show is always a doozy.

Featuring:
Matthew Baldwin
Ryan Bradford
Emily Burke
Ryan Hicks
Eber Lambert
Jennifer Stiff
Amy Thornton
Anastasia Zadeik

Produced by Jen Stiff and Jason Eliaser

VAMP: Animal Control
Thursday, June 30th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
www.sosayweallonline.com

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VAMP: Minimum Wage is April 28th!

Our next VAMP showcase is coming up at the Whistle Stop Bar in South Park on Thursday, April 28th! The theme is Minimum Wage.

Cubicle dwellers, burger flippers, baristas. Maybe deep down inside you’ve always wanted to be a bike messenger. VAMP: Minimum Wage features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job, about being underpaid and overworked or maybe overpaid and underworked, and maybe that one time you did something a little seedy. Money doesn’t grow on trees.

Featuring:
Allison Gauss
Annmarie Houghtailing
Cecile Estelle
Esther Woodman
Ken Grimes
Patricia Dwyer
Seth Combs

Produced by Eber Lambert and Suzanne Hoyem

VAMP Showcase: “Minimum Wage.”
Thursday, April 28th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com/

Southwestern College VAMP: Snap Judgment is April 27th

So Say We All and Southwestern College present:
Spring 2016 VAMP: Snap Judgment

Read more about our community college programs here.

It happens to us all. We find ourselves the target of a snap judgment based on how others perceive us: where we’re from, how we look or sound, what we wear, even how we style our hair. If we’re honest, we can think of times when we, despite our best intentions, have pigeonholed someone else. When have you found yourself being targeted by a stereotype? When have you caught yourself stereotyping someone else – even though you know better?

Featuring:
Talia Castellanos
Daniel Ceballos
Natasa Cordova
Lorise Diamond
Shereen Fahrai
Jeffrey Jimenez
Ruben Lam

Southwestern College Spring 2016 VAMP: Snap Judgment
Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM
Field House Auditorium
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910
www.sosayweallonline.com

Veterans Coming Home: Seeking Submissions

So Say We All, in collaboration with KPBS, announces a very special VAMP Storytelling Showcase open to veteran writers is accepting submissions for an upcoming performance at the Rancho Santa Fe School on Wednesday, May 11th from 6pm-8:30pm.

Submission deadline has been extended until Saturday, April 16th at midnight.

We are seeking non-fiction stories (early drafts welcome) from veteran writers related to the general experience of returning home from deployment and transitioning from the military to civilian life, and are especially looking for stories driven by and about conflicts you experienced with civilians upon leaving the military, whether related to their stereotyping of veterans, asking wildly inappropriate questions, or otherwise causing offense or feelings of being ostracized. When you left the military, was there a period of time when you desperately wanted to go back? Did you feel like the civilian world baffled you upon leaving the military or returning from deployment, or that you had no place in it? Did people ask if you killed anyone? Did you have experiences related to post-traumatic stress that you feel other veterans or civilians could benefit from hearing? Did your friends and family not know how to connect with you? We want to hear about all of this and more, so feel free to submit narratives outside the box.

Send us a story around 5-12 pages in length, double-spaced, 12pt. font, with the title of the story on the front page. All stories accepted will receive rewrite assistance from our literary coaches, and performers receive performance coaching prior to the showcase.

Submit at: https://sosayweallonline.submittable.com/submit/29620
Visit www.sosayweallonline.com for more information.
Videos from past veteran writer showcases are available here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLgJj1tFF9R0hVC6skahZ60DHV1NsnXlm

Mesa College VAMP: Borders

So Say We All is proud to partner with San Diego Mesa College to present their first VAMP showcase: Borders.

Please join us for a night of storytelling at Mesa College. The selected students spend nearly a month undergoing an intensive critique and coaching process. Their stories are brave and vulnerable portrayals of borders. Life is full of borders: emotional, political, geographic, sexual, cultural, family.

The students participating in this showcases were selected from a large field of student submissions, and then spent a month working intensively with faculty, So Say We All teaching artists, and their co-performers to bring their stories to the stage. They work so hard, and have such amazing stories to tell.

San Diego Mesa College VAMP: Borders
Spring 2016
April 21st at 7:00 PM
San Diego Mesa College, auditorium in room G102
FREE

January’s VAMP: Face The Music Storytelling Showcase

It’s almost time for our first VAMP storytelling showcase of 2016!

face the music (idiom)
1. to be confronted with the unpleasantness of one’s actions
2. to turn towards the audience

Yeah. That. Face the facts, face the truth, face that fine music. Stay tuned (ba da bam) for our January VAMP Showcase: stories of our soundtracks and our truths.

Featuring:
Anastasia Zadeik
Becca Karpinski
Chris Onderdonk
Emily Burke
Lauren Cusick
Tenley Lozano
Vanessa Wilde

Co-producers: Suzanne Hoyem and Emily Price

VAMP Showcase: “Face The Music.”
Thursday, January 28th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com/

Event page: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/vamp-face-the-music/

Let your friends know you’ll be there on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1696253310608101/

 

Behold. Our 2016 VAMP Themes.

VAMP themes are the butter to our bread, the Cher to our Sonny, the Barack to our Biden.

We toiled endlessly. We laughed, we cried. We consumed endless cans of La Croix. But we’ve done it! We have finally come up with our VAMP storytelling showcase themes for 2016. Behold:

VAMP: 2016

January 28th, 2016
“Face the Music”
Submission deadline: January 3rd

February 25th, 2016
“Dirty Talk: Seven Year Itch” (happy 7th anniversary, So Say We All!)
Submission deadline: January 31st

March 24th, 2016 ***note: this is not the last Thursday***
“Sports!”
Submission deadline: February 28th

April 28th, 2016
“Minimum Wage”
Submission deadline: April 3rd

May 26th, 2016
“In Real Life (irl)”
Submission deadline: May 1st

June 30th, 2016
“Animal Control”
Submission deadline: June 5th

July 28th, 2016
“Villains”
Submission deadline: July 3rd

August 25th, 2016
“Token”
Submission deadline: July 31st

September 29th, 2016
“When I’m 64”
Submission deadline: September 4th

October 27th, 2016
“Skeletons in the Closet”
Submission deadline: October 2nd

December 29th, 2016
“To Grandmother’s House We Go”
Submission deadline: December 4th

And, if you love VAMP, please consider donating as a part of our annual year-end fundraiser. So Say We All could not exist without your help, in both financial support and your tireless support as an audience member, a volunteer, an advocate (i.e. that person who tells her coworkers the next day about the killer storytelling thing they missed) or as a performer yourself.

We are here to help you tell your stories, and to help you tell them well. Throughout 2016, we’ll have many opportunities to help you develop your stories. The month before each theme’s submission deadline, there’ll be a Greenroom writing workshop catering to the theme, where you can start writing your story, as well as a Long Story Short with a complementary theme, where you can test the waters and try out a portion of your story.

We love you, and we can’t wait to see you at these shows and, better yet, hear your stories. Write us a little something. Tell us a story, won’t you?