MONDOSummit is inviting good storytellers and listeners to come out for its first-ever Storytelling Slam at 8 p.m. Thursday at MONDO's Jam Stage.
As described by MONDO visionary Annette Dwyer, "Storytelling slams are open-mic storytelling competitions in which participants are given five minutes to tell a true story based on the theme of the evening. Upon entering the venue, storyteller hopefuls will put their names into a hat. As names are picked, the participants will take the stage without the benefit of any written support such as cheat sheets, etc. After four minutes, the storyteller will hear a one-minute warning bell: Time to wrap it up. The five-minute rule is a strict one. Each storyteller will be judged by teams of judges chosen from the audience. Scores are determined based on timing, sticking to topic and whether they have a beginning, middle and end. This is not stand-up comedy, this is true-life storytelling!"
The evening, sponsored by MONDO and Hoboken Farms, will be hosted by Frank Damico, formerly of The Moth. A champion of this medium, Damico has performed his storytelling shows, "First Kill" and "The Severity of My Solitude" at New York venues such as Theater for the New City, LaMaMa and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
As it is MONDO's inaugural Storytelling Slam, it is fitting that the evening's theme is "firsts." Tickets are $15 per person. Coffee and dessert sold separately. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to reserve a ticket.