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September VAMP Showcase: Wild Kingdom

Submission deadline: Aug 31st. Submit at http://www.sosayweallonline.com.

After literally years of being asked, threatened, and begged to do a show about animals, behold. September stories are about the cute little bags of murder we call our cats, the dogs we’re never quite sure are all there, and all the other animals that have made our brief little lives on this planet so much weirder.

September VAMP Showcase: Wild Kingdom
Sept 25th, 2014
8:30pm – 10:30pm
Whistle Stop Bar (21+)
2236 Fern St. (30th& Juniper)
San Diego, CA 92104


Give us your ideas for 2015’s VAMP themes!

It’s that magical time of the year when we start plotting the upcoming VAMP Showcase season, and we want your help: if you’ve ever thought of a great prompt or theme for a VAMP Showcase, send it our way! It can be anything you feel would generate a good quantity of stories from a decent section of the population (read: not too narrow, like a show only for plumbers.)



August VAMP Showcase: Neighborhood Watch

Submission deadline: August 3rd. Submit at http://www.sosayweallonline.com.

Open as always to unforeseen interpretations on a theme, August features stories about the Neighborhood Watch, whether its literal tales about the self-appointed protectors of the block, run-ins with wannabe cops, experiences with or as the Outsider that disrupts “normalcy,” or any other take on the take. Send in a story. We’ll be keeping our eye on you.

August VAMP Showcase: Neighborhood Watch
Aug 28th, 2014
8:30pm – 10:30pm
Whistle Stop Bar (21+)
2236 Fern St. (30th& Juniper)
San Diego, CA 92104



thermometer_8_18_14As I promised at the start of this summer’s fund drive, if we reached our goal of $5K in one week, we could all get back to posting pictures of our cats. Well we burst the handy computer-generated thermometer, as you can see, and true to my word, please accept this selfie my cat took as a token of gratitude from everyone at SSWA–staff, volunteers, performers, supporters, and fans. You’re the best, and we’re grateful to get to have you in our tribe. See you soon!

– Justin Hudnall & Lana the CatIMG_7838


There is no, “them”

So Say We All is not something that somebody else is doing. We are a community of people trying new things, taking chances, showing each other story by story how much we are alike, as much as we are different. To keep our outstanding performances, publications and workshops going, we ask you to consider a donation to our summer campaign.

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve either been part of one of our shows or know someone else who has. You know that when someone gets involved in a So Say We All performance, they work closely with people who have a lot of experience with writing and performing; coaches who offer the tweaks and insights that turn a good story into something outstanding.

You know that So Say We All respects talents but reveres hard work. You know that everyone in the So Say We All community stands by our credo that every person has a story, and that it’s by hearing those stories that we understand what it means to be human. You know that the stories on our stages are at least as good as anything Hollywood or New York put on offer. You know we can do a lot more.

With our August campaign, So Say We All asks you to consider what it would look like to set and exceed goals that measure up to the quality of what we — you — have been doing these past five years. We love San Diego, but what if we could reach through other media to audiences someplace else? What if we had our own theater? What if our staff included educators, coaches, editors?

The very first step is to make this a future we all support. This isn’t something someone else is going to do, just like it isn’t someone else telling your story. Please think about what So Say We All has meant for you personally, and please consider making your gift today.

Thank you for all you’ve done, by coming to our shows, buying our books and sharing our stage. This organization takes its shape from the voices it supports and the audiences who come with us — beyond entertainment and into community. We are grateful for the future we’ll all help to build.

– So Say We All’s Board of Directors

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Opportunities for veteran artists

Please please forward to any veterans or veteran groups you feel would be interested, especially if you’re an educator:

  • Let’s get you published: the window to submit your drafts to So Say We All’s 2014 veteran writers anthology on the theme of, “Homecoming,” is now open! We’re looking for non-fiction and memoir that interpret the theme however the writer sees fit, and please remember that once you submit, we work with you for an entire month on top of that, so don’t worry about waiting for perfection, send us your first drafts! We want an honest portrayal of the homecoming experience from a gamut of voices, so yours matters here. For serious.To submit, breeze over to our submittable page here: https://sosayweallonline.submittable.com/Submit. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE ATTENDED SSWA’S WORKSHOPS TO SUBMIT, ALL VETERANS ARE WELCOME. It’s also a good idea to check out our website if you haven’t already so you can get a broader sense of what we do, watch videos of our past performances, etc.: www.sosayweallonline.com. DEADLINE: September 1st!
  • If you’re a visual artist, here’s your break: In conjunction with So Say We All’s call for literary submissions for its forthcoming anthology, the Veteran Arts Project (VAP) has launched a call for work from veteran visual artists. These works will debut at several library branches throughout San Diego, in conjunction by readings of new work from our veteran writers (read: you.) Check that out here: http://sandiego.communityguides.com/opportunities.
  • Travis-Manion Foundation is offering a Mentorship and Advocacy Program for veterans. Deadline to enroll is August 31st! Apply here: http://www.travismanion.org/mentorship-advocacy-program-for-veterans-application-for-enrollment/
  • If you’re an Oceanside-based Veteran Writer, keep that fire burning and get yer buns over to the Veteran Writers Group-SD, who hold monthly read n’ critiques, and from whence many of our cohort came. VWG-SD is a fantastic group and we’ll support them anyway we can: http://www.veteranswritinggroup.org/.
  • If you’re in San Diego, visit www.sosayweallonline.com and come to one of our Greenroom Writing Workshops. It’s pretty much the same beast: an opportunity to meetup with other writers, tell stories, free write, get feedback, and find ways to get your words out there.
  • And lastly but not leastly, keep your eyes open for forthcoming e-mails about masterclasses by veteran writers, provided to you free-of-charge. We’ll be sending out the dates for that as soon as we schedule them here in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks again for your interest, sharing your stories, and for making this community thrive!


Justin Hudnall

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Because I’m Still Becoming: a Teenage Storytelling & Dance collaboration

Thanks to our friends at PEN USA, we had a wonderful opportunity to facilitate a PEN In The Classroom Fellowship between writer and performer Julia Evans and the teen contemporary dance non-profit, TransenDance. Over the course of the summer, teens have been working to craft contemporary dance expressions of stories they’ve created through working with Julia, and we can’t wait to see the fruits of their labor. Join us and help support a wonderful arts group and worthy project.

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August 21st at 2pm, August 22nd, & 23rd at 8pm
Lyceum Theatre
79 Broadway Circle- San Diego, CA 92101

While we all have stories that tell us where we’ve come from, we are not our past. Please join us for the culminating event of a summer long exploration that highlights youth voice, creative writing, and personal storytelling as catalysts for creating future change both internally and externally through dance.