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What begins as a simple cab ride to the airport becomes a shifting contest of power, imagination, and identity in Naomi Gordon-Loebl’s “Can I See It?” read by Kent D. Wolf in the first half of this special team-up show with Lambda Literary in celebration of Pride and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
This story swap, recorded live at Dixon Place on June 11th, 2019, was directed by Mike Dressel who was also our host for the evening.
Top left: Naomi Gordon-Loebl and Kent D. Wolf; Top right: Naomi Gordon-Loebl; Bottom left: Kent and Naomi; Bottom right: Hugs! Photo credit: David Trudo
Switching it up, in Kent D. Wolf’s story, escape from the isolation of Midwestern farm life lies in a plane ticket for a semester abroad, but first, he must negotiate permission and withstand the disappointment of both parents. Here is Naomi Gordon-Loebl reading “July 1995.”
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4 storytellers, 3 creative team members, 2 story workshops to develop the pieces on the page, 1 personalized rehearsal session with each storyteller to help them embody their partner’s story on stage = an invigorating evening of “Snapped!” stories last night.
Huge thanks to Lambda Literary for helping us bring this special night of Queer Storytelling with a Twist to Dixon Place. Happy Pride all!!
Pictured left to right: Mike Dressel, Robb Leigh Davis, Mariam Bazeed, Erika Iverson, Kent D. Wolf, Naomi Gordon Loebl and Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons. Photo credit: Ariel Mahler
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Rehearsals are underway! The storytellers have flipped scripts and are now working with a NYTI director to add a little oomph to their partner’s piece for tomorrow night’s “Snapped!” show at Dixon Place.
Meet our next storyteller Lambda Literary fellow Naomi Gordon-Loebl!
Naomi Gordon-Loebl is a writer, educator, and fellow at Type Media Center. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Nation, Complex, Hazlitt, The Washington Spectator, The Toast, the anthologies The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality and Emerge, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from Lambda Literary, Monson Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Before working in journalism, she spent five years as a teacher and youth development professional, helping people who had left school to complete their high school equivalency diplomas. She was born, raised, and still lives in Brooklyn.
Our team up with Lamba Literary for a night of queer storytelling with a twist is coming up fast! HERE are the four storytellers who will trade their true-life tales.
Mariam Bazeed (top left) Lambda Literary Fellow
Kent D. Wolf (top right) The Friedrich Agency
Robb Leigh Davis (bottom left) Meditation on a Theme
Naomi Gordon-Loebl (bottom right) Lambda Literary Fellow
The storytellers will meet each other for the first time next week when they meet with the NYTI creative team to workshop the first drafts of their stories inspired by the theme SNAPPED!
More info on the storytellers soon. But save the date! June 11th @ Dixon Place!