This episode features a pair of stories from our first No, YOU Tell It! alumni reading at The Astoria Bookshop, written and performed by returning participants Marcos Stafne and Jeff Wills (pictured left to right).

Marcos Stafne and Jeff Wills

We’ve all had to deal with erratic, uncooperative co-workers. But when that co-worker is Fantasia, a 20-foot, 300-pound albino Burmese python, things get a bit tricky. When Fantasia escapes her enclosure at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Marcos Stafne has to act, despite his lifelong antipathy toward snakes.

Snake Dreams – written by Marcos Stafne & performed by Jeff Wills.

Switching it up, in Jeff Wills’ second-person narrative a wintry morning commute becomes the stuff of myth. Our narrator embarks on an odyssey through the frozen boroughs of New York, navigating icy avenues, crowded buses, and stifling subway trains in order to drop his daughter off at daycare and get his wife, and himself, to work on time.

Errant – written by Jeff Wills & performed by Marcos Stafne.

These stories from our alumni show on July 17th, 2014 were directed by Mike Dressel. Thank you to The Astoria Bookshop for hosting our alumni reading! Visit them online at


Marcos Stafne, is a proud alumni and supporter of the No, YOU Tell It! family. His first NYTI story, “The Anxiety of Emptiness,” was featured in November 2012’s Urban Dwellers series. Marcos has been working in museums for the past 20 years, and writes for various blogs and scholarly journals. Marcos splits time between White River Junction, Vermont (town slogan: it’s not so bad) and Brooklyn, NY.

Jeff Wills earned his BFA from VCU, and was a working actor for fifteen years before taking a chance on the fast-paced glamour of a career in museum administration. He has worked at the Rubin Museum of Art for four years, which requires virtually none of his oratory, circus, dialect, or Commedia del’Arte training. Jeff teaches workshops and private lessons in acting in general, and physical theatre in specific. In addition to acting, teaching and directing, Jeff has written three full-length plays of his own, collaborated on writing a half a dozen more, and takes full responsibility for innumerable short stories. He is dad to a three-year-old daughter and has a son due in December 2015. For more on Jeff’s creations and preoccupations, please visit