|All The Tellers At Doyle's Semi Finals 2012|
The semi-finals Sunday night at Doyle's were lively and full of new-comers and regulars alike. The room was packed and the smell of burgers, fries, and beer only complimented the semi-finalists' stories. The crowd was treated to stories running the gamut of topics-- Cupid to Obsession to Supernatural and more. Many of the stories I had never heard before (or had only heard second-hand) and hearing the stories a second time only made them more enjoyable! I was moved by how raw, spontaneous, and moving the stories were even the second time around, and it only showed how much of themselves the tellers shared with us. We were also treated to some great "earn-a-free-drink-ticket" spontaneous one-minute stories, including one from 10-year-old Jackson that rocked the house.
These were only the logistics of the night, though. More importantly, the semi-finals were a night of people coming together because we wanted to connect-- to the share laughter, shock, joy, empathy, and sadness born out of moments when we traverse the distance between us and grow closer through shared experience. Robin likes to say the whole brain is stimulated during storytelling, and I would argue the soul is, too. Suffice to say I am very much looking forward to the next round of semi-finals on Wednesday, March 14th.
By Yocheved.Tupperis a visual artist, ESL and art teacher, writer, and spoken word poet who is obsessed with language(s) and accents/inflections (though only her own). Her love of cooking is matched only by her pride in her working-class roots. Yocheved is also the Doyes slam timer.