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Episode 45 – Mayday (Part 2)

Angela Cobb’s story is a romantic liaison set against the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy. After the storm subsides, she finds the attempt to recapture that intimacy fraught and even the best-laid plans might require a “Plan B.”

Kicking off the second half of our “Mayday” show, recorded live at The Astoria Bookshop on May 10th, Ryan Holmes performs.

Left: Ryan Holmes and Angela Cobb. Right: Great crowd at The Astoria Bookshop.

Now, switching it up, the narrator of our next story finds his inability to refuse another wedding invitation leading to a series of embarrassing social interactions, forced mirth, and ultimately, a dark conclusion. Here’s Angela Cobb performing “Terror in Virginia” written by Ryan Holmes.

  • Stories directed by Mike Dressel
  • Evening hosted by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons
  • Podcast narrated by Mike Dressel

For more info on Angela Cobb’s upcoming shows visit

  • Twitter: @angelacobb
  • Instagram: @angelacobbcomedy
  • Facebook: @ Angela Cobb Comedy

Ryan Holmes is the host of the Internet radio show and podcast, BlazinRy Radio, visit http://blazinryradio.com or download the podcast for free at http://bit.ly/blazinryitunes.

Episode 44 – Mayday (Part 1)

In the first half of our “Mayday” show, recorded live at The Astoria Bookshop on May 10th, Allison Escoto is forced to listen to an unexpected SOS of the heart. Here is M. Skye Holly reading, “Vessel in Distress.”

Top left: M. Skye Holly. Right: Allison Escoto. Group left to right: Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons, M. Skye Holly, Angel Cobb, Ryan Holmes, Allison Escoto, and Mike Dressel

Switching it up, M. Skye Holly goes back to school to receive her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and learns the difference between the family you’re given and the family you make. Allison Escoto reads, “Higher Degrees of Grief.”

  • Stories directed by Erika Iverson
  • Evening hosted by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons
  • Podcast narrated by Mike Dressel

Part 2 is coming soon! SUBSCRIBE and SHARE our Podcast today!

“Mayday” Glory

What a glorious night of story swapping at The Astoria Bookshop. Thank you to everyone who came out on May 10th for our “Mayday” show!

pictured left to right: M Skye Holly, Angela Cobb, Ryan Holmes, and Allison Escoto

Podcast episodes featuring the live show available soon here and on iTunes. SUBSCRIBE today!

Talking Literary Citizenship with Newtown Literary

Our “Mayday” show is tonight, 6:30 at The Astoria Bookshop! While you wait, give a LISTEN to our own Kelly Jean on Episode 2 of Newtown Literary’s Queens Writes Podcast.

Newtown Literary Alliance Executive Director, Tim Fredrick, and Newtown Literary Editor, Jackie Sherbow, speak with four local Queens writers, Nancy Agabian, Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons, Catherine LaSota, and Joseph Salvatore about literary citizenship—including how to get involved with your literary community and how to write book reviews and author interviews.

Episode 43 – Wild Card (Part 2)

A young man’s obsessive quest to complete a set of Batman trading cards embroils his extended family in a hunt across the borough of Queens.

First up, from our Wild Card show, Raquel Penzo presents Roger Nassar’s story “The Elusive Card #66”

Left to right: Raquel Penzo, Wild Card artwork by Sarah Gentile, Roger Nasser

Switching it up, author Raquel Penzo’s mother once warned her that the second child is usually “spirited” because it has the potential to be a middle child. With the birth of her second daughter, it seems mom really does know best…

Here’s Roger Nasser reading “My Almost Jan Brady.”

These stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on Wed, September 17th, 2014.  Curious what our storytellers have been up to since they traded their true-life tales?

This Saturday, Dec 2nd, is special holiday episode (#26) of It’s Getting Tired Mildred, the serial soap opera for the stage created by Roger Nasser and performing monthly at Under St. Marks, NYC.

Raquel I. Penzo is a writer, editor, and literary event curator. Visit La Pluma y La Tinta, which started with three women workshopping stories in a Brooklyn, New York living room, and morphed into an organization focused on inspiring, elevating, and shining a spotlight on diverse writers and poets. Discover readings, workshops, panel discussions, get inspiration & more. Plus, they post tons of great job postings follow on Twitter @laplumaytinta & Facebook fb.me/laplumaylatinta

 

Episode 40 – On the Spot Story Swap!

When we asked No, YOU Tell It! alums to bring in stories for an impromptu switch-em-up as part of our four-year-anniversary celebration, Mike Dressel and Alexandra Gray – who also happen to be birthday twins – came through in a big way.

Photo credit: Ryan Holmes

Mike Dressel is an integral part of the No, YOU Tell It! creative team. After participating in our second live show, we simply never let him leave. He is the literary voice of reason at each of our story workshop sessions and often directs pieces for our live shows.

You can hear Alex’s work featured in our very first podcast episode, Urban Dwellers, and she’s also participated in numerous alumni workshops and events over the past five years.

Give a listen as these two trade their true-life tales on the spot!!

 

These stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on May 11th, 2016. Podcast narrated by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

Episode 38 – Blowback (Part 2)

A simple neighborly gesture plus an ill-advised night of drinking leads to stalking, harassment, and an ever-escalating sense of danger. Kicking off the second half of our “Blowback” show, here is Courtney Frances Fallon’s story “Wine Wednesday” read for us by Gabriel Berezin.

After another failed coupling spawned in the dumpster fire commonly known as Tinder, Gabriel  Berezin recalls his first sexual experience in all its fumbling teenage glory.

Switching it up, here is “Sexaholism” written by Gabe and read by Courtney Frances Fallon.

Stories performed live as part of our “Blowback” show on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017. Click here to learn more about our “Blowback” storytellers. Podcast narrated by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

Scenes from a spectacular “Blowback” evening!

We were thrilled to celebrate 5 years of No, YOU Tell It! at our “Blowback” show this week! Molly Touger, Ariel Mahler, Gabriel Berezin, and Courtney Frances Fallon delighted a packed back room at Jimmy’s No. 43 with their stunning story swaps.

Thank you to everyone who came out! Audio from the evening available soon on the No, YOU Tell It! podcast.

SUBSCRIBE (available on iTunes and GooglePlay) to make sure you don’t miss out. Click here to catch up on past episodes featuring true-life tales recorded live at our shows.

Episode 36 – Migration (Part 2)

After years of staying on the fringes, Erika Iverson finds community and comfort through the intricate act of folding paper cranes in Union Square. Kicking off the second half of our “Migration” show, Ken Crossland reads, “September 18, 2001 or How I Became a New Yorker.”

They say breaking up is hard to do. But breaking up and then living together for another six months is even harder. Switching it up, Erika Iverson presents “The Six Month Brooklyn/Queens Reclamation Project” written by Ken Crossland.

These stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 on Wed, March 22nd, 2017. Click here learn more about our “Migration” storytellers.

Podcast narrated by Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons.

What is “switched-up” storytelling? Watch and see!

Ever wonder what No, YOU Tell It! is all about? Take a look:

Thank you to friend and alum Ellie Dvorkin for producing this lovely inside look at No, YOU Tell It! Check out more of Ellie’s brillance as an actor and artist at elliedvorkin.com.

Want to see us in action? Good news! We’ve got two great shows coming up:

Can’t wait? Never fear. SUBSCRIBE to our podcast on iTunes or GooglePlay and give a listen to switched-up stories from our live shows.

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