You may be familiar with NPR’s “Moth Radio Hour,” where audience members drop their name in the hat in hopes of telling a five-minute true story based on the evening’s theme, live on stage and without notes. These shows occur regularly in cities around the country and Petaluma has the longest running story slam in Northern California. “West Side Stories” has been doing their version of The Moth since 2008 and has been selling out their monthly shows for the last decade, having just completed their tenth season with another sold-out show at the 450-seat Mystic Theatre in Petaluma where local teller Mary Carouba was crowned this year’s Grand Champion.
Communities have been gathering together for centuries to share their true personal stories, standing in front of campfires telling of the difficulties of their journeys or tales of the hunt to get their meal. Contemporary humans do this as well, at parties and social events, usually minus the campfire and with far less hunting for our meals. However, we truly believe that everyone has a story to tell. Now, you have another place to tell it…Credo High School in Rohnert Park’s SOMO Village.
Credo High School is partnering with West Side Stories to bring a monthly story slam series to the new black box theater. Called “Stories from the Black Box,” the series launches Sat., January 18 with the theme, “The First or the Worst.” Offered the third Sat. of every month and hosted by West Side Stories producer Dave Pokorny, the Credo event invites adults and teens to drop their names in the hat, ready to tell a five-minute true story on that month’s theme, without notes. Up to ten storytellers will be pulled from the hat. Or just come hear the stories of others.
This event is offered to students and adults from the general public and the Credo community with the intention of providing two-gen entertainment that can be shared by students and adults. Each month’s winner, chosen by audience vote, will receive $50 and will qualify for the Grand Slam (the storyteller with the second-highest vote count will also be invited to perform at the Grand Slam) May 16.
For more information, storytelling guidelines and for discounted tickets ($10/$5 students) go to davepokornypresents.com (event: Credo Stories), tickets will also be available at the door ($15/$10). Save money and get them early. Credo seniors will sell drinks and snacks to help finance their senior retreat. Please come with your student to support this event! Doors open at 7 p.m. and the storytelling begins at 7:30.