Sep 17 2014 @ 7:00PM
Our next storytelling show, Wild Card, is a little more than a week away. We drafted artist Sarah Gentile to create our themed image, which as you can see is intricate and dynamic and wonderful. Asked about her inspiration, here’s what she had to say:
When presented with the theme of “Wild Card,” the first (and probably most obvious) things that came to mind were playing cards. I love face cards and knew right off that I wanted to create my own Joker. What snuck its way in a bit unexpectedly was the loop symbol for infinity. Maybe it was stuck in the back of my mind while I sketched.
It seems appropriate that I include it, though, because for me a wild card or Joker represents infinite possibility and change. I hope to convey through this image a bit of chaos and order, motion and stasis, positive and negative space, looping into that sideways figure-eight as a reminder of the infinite possibilities within our lives and the stories we tell.
Indeed. We love that notion, too, of “the infinite possibilities within our lives and the stories we tell.“
We’ll be introducing our four Wild Card storytellers shortly. Details on the reading are here.
Sep 17 2014 @ 7:00PM
Jimmy's No. 43, East 7th Street, New York, NY, United States
Here is the recording of our recent alumni reading at the Astoria Bookshop. It was a fun event, and we’re grateful to Lexi for hosting us. As always, thanks to our four veteran storytellers, Julia Granacki, Molly Touger, Jeff Wills, and Marcos Stafne, who offered up a new (and correct!) assessment of the NYTI story-making process as being “low stakes for people in their 30s and 40s.” Press play and enjoy the whole evening, or if you’re in a hurry you can cue up the individual stories:
Snake Dreams by Marcos Stafne (2:52)
Errant by Jeff Wills (22:23)
Break-Up Story by Julia Granacki (38:47)
On Becoming Cher by Molly Touger (52:33)
Jul 17 2014 @ 7:00PM
So, we’re putting the finishing touches on the stories we’ll be presenting at our special edition of No, YOU Tell It! at the Astoria Bookshop on July 17th. This evening will feature four of our series alumni: Julia Granacki, Marcos Stafne, Molly Touger, and Jeff Wills. After two years of presenting NYTI, we have a deep bench of innovative storytellers and we thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight the pieces they’ve been working on most recently.
You can find more info on our Facebook invite. Space is limited so please RSVP.
The reading starts at 7PM. The Astoria Bookshop is located at 31-29 31st Street in Astoria (btwn. Broadway and 31st Avenue), close to the Broadway stop on the N/Q train.
[Chalk art version of our logo courtesy of Marcos Stafne, who graciously hosted our first story meeting for this event. And provided snacks! Mmm snacks.]
Jul 17 2014 @ 7:00PM
The Astoria Bookshop, 31st Street, NY, United States
Now, switching it up to close out the evening, here is E. James Ford performing Nicole Greevy’s “Nerd: The Next Generation."
Opening our LEGACY-themed evening, here is Fred Backus performing “Origin Story,” written by Paige Blansfield.
As we said earlier, we had a terrific time taking part in the Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival. We recommend you check out some of the other excellent offerings running through the rest of the month. On that note, some of the NYTI collective will be seeing the following performances, which feature storytelling alumni and supporters of our series:
- Comic Strip Club on 6/13
- The Astonishing Adventures of All American Girl & The Scarlet Skunk on 6/13
- The Myth of Power on 6/17
If you’d care to join us, we’d be happy to have you!
Brick Theatre, Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States
Thanks again to everyone who joined us for our show LEGACY at The Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival. We’d also like to extend another hearty round of applause to our heroic storytellers and graphic artist Sha-Nee Williams.
We’ll post audio of the stories shorty.
Don’t forget: our tour of the boroughs continues with our upcoming alumni reading at the Astoria Bookshop on Thursday July 17th.