The first in a series of three story slams in Boston- OCT 26th 7PM - 9PM
at Kennedy's Midtown 42 Province Street, Boston, MA
$5 cover Students $3 with ID + one drink minimum
scared to death host: massmouth/story is everywhere
Next Story Slams: NOV 23rd and DEC 14th same time/ same format
Story slam rules and more info at: http://massmouth.ning.com/events/story-slam-scared-to-death
· What is story slam?
Simply put, story slam is the competitive art of performance story. It puts a dual emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storyteller s to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it.
· What is a story slam competition ?
A story slam is a competitive event in which storyteller s perform their work and are judged by panels made up of professional storytellers who are massmouth members and members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the storyteller s' content and performance
· Who gets to participate?
massmouth story slams are open to everyone 18+ years of age who wishes to sign up and can get into the venue. 10 names are selected from a box of slips entered by attendees with a story. We post video of all our events online as well.
· What are the rules?
The basic rules are: Each story must be of the storyteller’s own construction – traditional stories must be the teller’s own unique version. This is why folk and fairy tales are discouraged. Each storyteller gets 5 minutes (plus a 1 minute grace period) to tell a story. If the storyteller goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score. The storyteller may not use props, costumes or musical instruments; The storyteller’s story must connect to the theme. Winners may not participate in subsequent competitions but may be invited as feature tellers.
· Are the rules the same from slam to slam?
We will adhere to the basic guidelines posted at massmouth.com / events. Winners advance to the big mouthoff.
· What is the Big Mouthoff:
Winners advance to the big mouthoff which is a yearly slam between the winners of the monthly slams. if they chose. Date/ venue and prizes to be announced –Big Prize 1 week in a medieval town house in Tuscany +$250. 2 Biggest Prize $100 gift certificate to Boston Restaurant 3rd biggest prize $75 Ice Cream party at Toscaninis, Cambridge
· How often do slams happen?
We will run once a month in Boston from OCT to APR with special events as inspired or needed. We have series of 3 slams in Cambridge in the works.
· How does it differ from an open mic telling?
A story slam is a challenge to the teller and a gift to the audience, whereas a number of open mic tellings are meant as a support network for storytellers. Slam is designed for the audience.
· What can the audience do?
Listen, laugh, groan and weep. NO interrupting – everyone gets to finish undisturbed - no heckling.
· What kind of stories are told at slams?
Personal narrative is the main stay of these events.