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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.

eber-cat[clockwise from top: grueling critique process, cat]

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.

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

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VAMP: Sports! is Thursday March 24th

Some of us are better at sporting than others. Some of us are better at watching other people doing their sporting. And there’s just something vaguely naughty about dressing up in shiny, tight costumes and peacocking around for televised national enjoyment. Sports!

Come listen to stories about athletics going well for us and, of course, the times when our feats of supposed strength didn’t go so well.

**Note: March has 5 Thursdays this year, so this happens to not be the last Thursday of the month. Mark your calendars! Tell your friends!**

Chris Onderdonk
Dallas McLaughlin
Dick Cummins
Ed Farragut
Jennifer Stiff
Jessica Hilt
Maggie Thach
Skyler McCurine

Produced by Lauren Cusitello and Jonathan Hammond

VAMP Showcase: “Sports!”
Thursday, March 24th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

invite your people to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1659848830928917/

Go team. Rah.

Attention Educators! Teaching storytelling?

Are you an educator interested in teaching storytelling or personal narrative writing, or are you looking to enrich your current curriculum with models of storytelling and live performance?

We’d like to invite you to some upcoming all-ages (though we cannot promise squeaky clean language!) performances through our partnerships with community colleges throughout San Diego. These are great opportunities to come and see live storytelling yourself, bring your teaching colleagues, and/or bring your students and classes!

The students participating in these showcases were selected from large fields 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.

If you are interested in having So Say We All work with you at your school or college, get in touch with us.

Here are our three community college shows:




Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 PM
San Diego Mesa College room G101
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/226440991034746/
Web event: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/mesa-college-vamp-borders/

Chula Vista

southwestern - snap judgment

Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM
Southwestern College’s Field House Auditorium
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1246017782078528/
Web event: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/southwestern-college-vamp-snap-judgment/


city-face the music

Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 PM
San Diego City College Saville Theatre
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1092318790799058/
Web event: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/event/city-college-vamp-face-the-music/

Long Story Short: Balls, Saturday 2/20

Long Story Short is our monthly improv storytelling night. 5 minute stories, no notes, and anyone can take the stage. “Balls!” is technically our tie-in with the next month’s VAMP: Sports! but we’re pretty sure you might have some, um, non-sports related stories for this theme. Balls, tell us all about ’em.

Sign up when you get there. Or halfway through the show. Or just come to listen!

So Say We All’s Long Story Short
Saturday, February 20th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Ink Spot
San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202
(NTC at Liberty Station, Barracks 16, upstairs)
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 696-0363

This is an excellent opportunity to get your storytelling feet wet in a fun environment. It’s also an opportunity to flesh out a potential VAMP story on a similar theme to the upcoming submission deadline. The deadline for written story submissions for VAMP: Sports is Sunday, 2/28. So come tell your story, see how it rolls [lol sports analogy, we win], and maybe write it up and try out [lol sports] for VAMP?

Because balls.

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.

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

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***
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
Submission deadline: July 3rd

August 25th, 2016
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?

High Tech High Chula Vista project: final week of shows!

Just three shows remain for “The Power Within,” our education partnership with 11th graders at High Tech High Chula Vista. Come hear some stories!

The two shows last week featured incredible writing, brave and powerful storytelling, lots of laughter, lots of tears, and lots of pride. We are so proud of the intense amount of work and courage put into these stories. Come see! Three more nights!


“Insecurities,” by Destinie Rose Mendeola

Also featured at each show are pieces of art the students created to illustrate where their power comes from, using elements of biology. The art is incredibly powerful.

Come on down to Novo Brazil Brewery in Chula Vista, grab a beer, sit with us, and be inspired.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 – door: 6 PM
Thursday, December 10th, 2015 – door: 6 PM

Shows start at 6:30 PM each night.

Novo Brazil Brewery
901 Lane Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91914

To support this and other education and storytelling outreach work So Say We All does, visit our winter fundraiser drive to learn more and donate.

T H E PO W E R W I T H I N - wp-new


Sleeplessness. Quiet. Or maybe not quiet: maybe there’s something going bump in the night. The night is for the seedy, the shameful, the surreptitious, but also the sweet, the let-me-just-stay-ten-more-minutes, and the [redacted]. And that magical time just before the sky starts to lighten, when the bars are closed, the air is chilled, and there’s no hope for getting any sleep.

Join us for an evening of stories about the things we do beneath the cloak of night. The things we do when we can’t sleep.

Alix Sharp
Anastasia Zadeik
David Latham
Ed Farragut
Jay Anhold
Julia Evans
Tracy Jones

Your 4 AM co-producers are: Ryan Bradford and Gary Gould.

VAMP Showcase: “4 AM”
Thursday, October 29th
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

September Artist Spotlight: $unny Katz

We couldn’t be happier to have MS Paint maestro $unny Katz illustrate our September VAMP poster: The Games We Play. Yep, you heard us: MS Paint.

A little about yourself:

My name is $unny Katz, I am 27 years of age and I really hate writing bios. My interests include, but are not limited to, anime, video games, babes, babes that buy me things, and glitter. My non interests include, but are definitely not limited to, fuckery, people that grab at my tattoos, dry skin, loud chewing, and close talkers. I prefer to lurk in the shadows and under the cover of night. This is because the day star is hot and burns my delicate skin. The irony that I am named after the object I try to avoid is not lost on me. I have a lot of cats and I am always ready to swap cat tails. (LOL, GET IT????)

What’s your fascination/history with MS Paint?

I started playing around with MS paint around ten years ago. I don’t remember what I drew, but I am guessing it was probably something with bunnies and dicks. In my twenties I started using it at a more frequent and consistent rate. I really liked how it made whatever I was drawing a little bit shitty. I myself being a little bit shitty immediately identified with that property. Most of my drawings are things that I have done for my own enjoyment and for the horror everyone else. Which in turn brings me yet more enjoyment.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever painted?

Hands down MS painting my father as a Jewish rapper was the greatest achievement of my artistic career.

What kind of inspiration did you use for “The Games We Play”?

THE BLOOD OF NEWBORN CHILDREN. Oh, sorry! Wrong questionnaire. I pulled inspiration only from my own gaming background. I thought about trying to incorporate other games that might interest people outside of my own person, but then I realized how much I didn’t want to do that.

Signed, limited edition prints of $unny’s poster will be for sale at this month’s VAMP on September 29. Also, check out her blog and let her know she does amazing work.