Season V Semi-Finals: Local Storytellers Step Up

It’s the final countdown! massmouth is proud to present this season’s story slam Semi-Finals, where our top storytellers will duke it out for the chance to appear in our final event, the “Big Mouth Off.” There will be four semi-final slams: two at our usual haunts, Doyle’s Cafe and Club Passim, and two more at venues new to our storytelling scene: Johnny D’s and Ryles Jazz Club.

We’ve heard some fantastic stories this year that have made our hearts break and bellies ache with laughter! Still not sure whether you should come? Check out some sample videos of the storytellers who will be sharing at the Semi-Finals here!

March 5 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Johnny D’s, Somerville | $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Story themes: “Teacher”, “9to5”, “Fear”, “We Are Family”, “Feast”, “Celebrate”, “Animal”, “Relative”, and “Missed Connections”

March 9 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Doyle’s, Jamaica Plain | $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Story themes: “Accident”, “Spirit”, “Serendipity”, “Revelation”, “Foreign”, and “Jealousy”

March 17 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Club Passim, Cambridge | $15 in advance, and $20 at the door

Story themes: “Used”, “Magic”, “Risk”, “Holidaze”, “Lost” and “Desire”


Ryles Jazz Club, Cambridge | $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Featuring all of the Season V story themes!

NEXT: Don’t miss the “Big Mouth Off”, April 24th at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline! It sold-out last year--get your tickets in advance here!

All proceeds from these events benefit massmouth’s StoriesLive® program, which has introduced over 5,000 high school students from 15 Massachusetts high schools to the art of 21st century storytelling and awarded over $17,000 in scholarship prizes.

What's a story slam?  Modeled after poetry slams, massmouth’s story slams invite storytellers—from experienced performers to first-timers—to share a real-life story in five minutes.  Storytellers sign up and 10 are chosen at random to tell their story on the slam's theme. Volunteer judges award prizes based on a story’s narrative arc, presentation and connection to the theme. Judges select first and second place winners and the audience votes for a third.

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