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“Defiant” Program

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7 pm
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2021 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT.
  • Proof of vaccination is required for entry
  • Due to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant, the City of New York strongly recommends everyone wear a mask whenever they are in a public, indoor setting, even when it is not required, and in any setting where you do not know who around you may be vaccinated.
Take a look at our “Defiant” storytellers who are trading true-life tales.

Tonight’s Stories!

You’re Gonna Be Sweet, Boy written by Bobby Hankinson, performed by Desi Waters, and directed by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Meltdown written by Desi Waters, performed by Bobby Hankinson, and directed by Erika Iverson

Imaginary Rules written by Marcos Stafne, performed by Moncho Alvarado, and directed by Erika Iverson

Dead Familia written by Moncho Alvarado, performed by Marcos Stafne, and directed by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Listen carefully because we’ll be doing story trivia for a chance to win storyteller Bobby Hankinson’s anthology, Welcome to Kweendom: LGBTQ Comedians Make Pride Personal with Stories of Love, Loss, Sex, and Everything Under The Rainbow.

Click here to order the book now from our friends at The Astoria Bookshop.

Huge thank you to the Brooklyn Book Festival, Lambda Literary, City Artist Corps/NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Astoria Bookshop for helping make tonight’s show possible!

On a personal note, I’m in awe and grateful to see No, YOU Tell It! return for a live performance and working hard to bring the series back for a full season in 2022.

Switching stories to embody each other’s experience in a live performance creates the kind of empathetic connections that are essential 19+ months into a pandemic.

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Thank you!
Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

Event Information

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, Gallery B (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “Defiant” Storyteller Marcos Stafne

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Our final storyteller participated in one of the first No, YOU Tell It! shows and we’re so happy to welcome him back! Click here to RSVP for our “Defiant” show via our Facebook event page.

Marcos Stafne (he/him), is a proud alumni of No You Tell It. His first NYTI story, “The Anxiety of Emptiness,” was featured in the Urban Dwellers series, and “Snake Dreams” was written for one of the first alumni performances. Marcos has been working for various museums, zoos, and aquariums for the past 25 years or so, and writes extensively for museum blogs and scholarly journals.

Insta: @Marcos_Stafne

Event Information

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, Gallery B (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “Defiant” Storyteller Desi Waters

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Fabulous second story meeting last night! Check out our Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event and meet our next “Defiant” storyteller Desi Waters.

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Desi Waters is an actor, singer, writer, and director.  Her favorite roles include: Mrs Corry in “Mary Poppins,” Mabel in “Fame: The Musical,” The Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet,” Mariya in “Uncle Vanya,” Doggett in “Locked Up B*tches,” Lovah in “WELP!”  and as a vocalist for “President Clinton’s Birthday Celebration at Radio City Music Hall.”  TV: “The Big Help” for Nickelodeon, “The Blacklist,” “Broad City,” “CityKids: The TV Series,” and “Power.” Her daughter made her  debut in June 2018. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA. www.desiwaters.com

Event Information

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, Gallery B (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “Defiant” Storyteller Moncho Alvarado

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

The four storytellers are busy revising their drafts in preparation for our second story meeting next week. But you can meet our next “Defiant” storyteller, Moncho Alvarado, right now!

Moncho is a Cihuayollotl trans woman Xicanx poet, translator, visual artist, and educator. She is the author of Greyhound Americans (Saturnalia Books 2022), which was the winner of the 2020 Saturnalia Book Prize, selected by Diane Seuss. She has been published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Foglifter, Lunch Ticket, 2018 Emerge Lambda Fellows Anthology, Poets.org, and other publications. She is a recipient of fellowships and residencies from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Lambda Literary, Poets House, Troika House, the Summer Seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, and won the Academy of American Poet’s John B. Santoianni award for excellence in poetry. Visit her at monchoalvarado.com

RSVP here for No, YOU Tell It! “Defiant” via Facebook.

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2021 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

Event Information

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, Gallery B (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Meet “Defiant” Storyteller Bobby Hankinson

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Our “Defiant” show is two weeks away! Meet our first storyteller Bobby Hankinson and come out on 7/28 for a chance to win a copy of WELCOME TO KWEENDOM from The Astoria Bookshop.

Photo by Mindy Tucker

Bobby Hankinson (he/him) is a Brooklyn-based writer, performer, creative and full-time homosexual. He is the host and producer of Kweendom, a live LGBTQ comedy and storytelling show, which TimeOut NY described as “consistently dope” and Thrillist called “extremely gay.” He also edited WELCOME TO KWEENDOM, published by Wheatfield Press in 2021, featuring essays from LGTBQ writers and a foreword by Alan Cumming. In addition to performing across the country, Bobby is pop-culture writer for leading LGBTQ website Towleroad.com. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, VICE, Gothamist and more.

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2021 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

Event Information

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, Gallery B (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

City Artist Corps

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Sharing exciting news with you all that No, YOU Tell It! part of the #CityArtistCorps!

We are looking forward to our No, YOU Tell It! “Defiant” show on 9/28 and being a part of New York City’s creative resurgence.

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2021 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT

Thanks to @nyfacurrent, @NYCulture, @madein_ny, and @queenstheatre for the support!

Event Information

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, Gallery B (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

Save the “Defiant” Date

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Our Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event is on! We’re teaming up with Lambda Literary again for a night of queer storytelling with a twist.
The four curated storytellers are working together to develop their true tales inspired by the theme “Defiant” on the page. Come out to Culture Lab in Long Island City on 9/28 and watch as they swap and present each other’s stories on stage. Plus, literary prizes from The Astoria Bookshop!
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2021 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT.

 

Event Information

Sep 28 2021 @ 7:00PM

Culture Lab LIC, Gallery B (5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, NY 11101)

New “Defiant” Show!

“Words can wound but they also have the capacity to heal.” – Kent D. Wolf, NYTI Snapped!

As Pride month comes to a close, we are thrilled to announce that for our next show, we are once again teaming up with Lambda Literary for an evening of queer storytelling with a twist!!

More information soon about No, YOU Tell It! “Defiant” coming in September as part of the 2021 Brooklyn Book Festival and produced in partnership with Lambda Literary and The Astoria Bookshop.

“Precious” Program

Dec 10 2020 @ 7:00PM

Tonight! Our storytellers first met in person back in March to turn out true tales inspired by the theme “Precious” on the page. Join us these many months later as they swap stories on the virtual stage.

Click here at 7 pm to join directly or “Join a Meeting” on Zoom with the Meeting ID: 973 9881 8640

Passcode: storyswap

Take a look at our “Precious” storytellers who will be trading their true-life tales.

For optimal viewing and listening experience, be sure to keep your video off, your mic muted and your non-video participants hidden. See instructions below for how to do this. When ready, verify you are in ‘Speaker View’ and enjoy the readings.
Hiding non-video participants: Click on the ^ symbol near the video icon in the lower-left and navigate to video settings. Verify the box next to Hide non-video participants is checked. 

Tonight’s Stories!

Survey Says written by Heather Quinlan and read by Sokunthary Svay

I Heard Some Chords written by Sokunthary Svay, read by Heather Quinlan

Home written by Gail Thomas, read by Nita Noveno

Gathering (1973) written by Nita Noveno, read by Gail Thomas

Listen carefully because we’ll be doing story trivia for a chance to win storyteller Heather Quinlan’s new book, Plagues, Pandemics and Viruses: From the Plague of Athens to Covid-19. Click here to order the book now from our friends at The Astoria Bookshop!

At the end of the evening, everyone is invited to unmute and turn on their cameras to congratulate our storytellers and ask questions.

$10 suggested donation for tonight’s show to the Woodside/Sunnyside Community Covid-19 Food Relief Group.

Click here to donate directly. When donating use the dropdown to indicate Covid 19 Sunnyside/Woodside Food Distribution (or Venmo @KellyJean-Fitzsimmons who will collect and donate)

Huge thanks to our friends at The Astoria Bookshop and Queens Council on the Arts!

No, YOU Tell It! “Precious” is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

Event Information

Dec 10 2020 @ 7:00PM

ZOOM Meeting ID: 973 9881 8640 Passcode: storyswap

Meet “Precious” Storyteller Gail Thomas

Dec 10 2020 @ 7:00PM

Brush up rehearsals begin tonight for No, YOU Tell It! “Precious” on Thursday. Albiet virtual this will be the first time we’ve all met since March. Hope to see you in the Zoom room.

But first, meet our final storyteller Gail Thomas!

GAIL THOMAS is a writer, actor, lawyer, and storytelling instructor. She has over 30 years of performance experience on stage and screen, with credits including national commercials, Law & Order SVU, and voiceovers on Angelo Rules, Beavis and Butthead, and David Letterman. She is the voice of the parrot on John Cameron Mitchell’s Anthem: Homunculus. Gail has been a speechwriter for over 30 live world-class events such as the Tribeca Film Festival and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Los Angeles. She is a Moth StorySLAM winner and has told stories with  RISK!, The Liar Show and the Story Collider. She also teaches storytelling privately and for the Story Studio NYC. More info at https://gail-thomas.com

Event Information

Dec 10 2020 @ 7:00PM

ZOOM Meeting ID: 973 9881 8640 Passcode: storyswap

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