Gotham Storytelling Festival

FRIGID New York presents the Eighth Annual Gotham Storytelling Festival. With storytellers from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, this year’s festival promises to break the mold and bring you stories that are both intensely individual and strikingly universal. Don’t miss out on six days of stories that will make you laugh, cry and want to hear more!

Upcoming Events
 
  • Tuesday November 5th 7:00PM
  • PolySHAMory
  • A new solo play about his and hers. And hers. And his. And sex. And love. And therapy. Kate has everything she’s ever dreamed of. So does Kate’s husband’s girlfriend. With a poly-therapist and the sex-positive ethos of The Ethical Slut, she embarks on a riveting and wickedly funny sexcapade of exploration, self-discovery, and true love through a polyamorous relationship.
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  • Tuesday November 5th 8:30PM
  • To Free a Mockingbird
  • To Free a Mockingbird is a raw mix of stand up comedy and traditional storytelling. Weaving together a story of her family’s history of immigration to America and her parent’s childhood, she combines humor and heartache. TFAM follows the story of Grace’s upbringing, her move to New York City from a small town, and her journey back home.   
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  • Wednesday November 6th 9:00PM
  • Exile on Fresh Pond Road
  • As his life falls apart around him, an apprehensive 32 year old packs the last decade of his life into boxes and flees Carroll Gardens for the most uninviting and remote-looking neighborhood on the subway map, to live out his days like a dollar store Jean des Esseintes.
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  • Friday November 8th 7:00PM
  • The 2020 Book Report
  • David Lawson is a fool standing alone onstage judging people who are seeking The White House. The only qualification he has? He's read their books. Join Lawson as he takes a deep dive into campaign books written by ten 2020 presidential contenders.
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  • Friday November 8th 8:30PM
  • Oops I Did It Again!
  • "Oops I Did It Again!" join brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque and their Friends for an evening of storytelling: embodied, full-bodied, disembodied -- bringing together some of NYC's funniest fiercest performers. Storytelling through words, sounds, and naked bodies, aka an evening of comedy, music and burlesque!  See YOU there.for more info: IG: @ brassburlesqueFB: www.facebook.com/brassburlesque(photo of Una Aya Osato photo by Stacie Joy) "Oops I Did It Again!" is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
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  • Saturday November 9th 2:30PM
  • CHALK
  • "If everything you drew became real, where would your imagination take you?"A charismatic clown discovers magic chalk that makes everything he draws come to life in this fantastical one-man show guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages! A non-verbal physical comedy in the style of the great silent-film era comedians, Chalk is a goofy testament to the power of a childlike imagination, and a moving exploration of the adult search for romantic love and connection.Critics call CHALK:"A Simple, Generous, Touching Show For Everyone" ???? - Broadway Baby"Wildly Entertaining & Incredibly Moving" BEST BET - Theater Is Easy"Clever, Theatrical Magic" - Center on the AisleCharlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this whimsical romp guaranteed to "Draw You In." ALEX CURTIS – (creator. / performer.)Alex Curtis is a professional actor performing in theater, film, and television. Alex's clown work has been featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the New York Clown Theatre Festival, the Gotham Storytelling Festival, FRIGID New York, and the 10 Foot Rat Cabaret. Other career highlights include playing a house-hunter on a reality TV show (not real, btw), appearing on the ABC prime-time crime drama 'FOREVER', and landing a co-starring role on an episode of award-winning CBS drama ‘Blue Bloods’. He hosts the podcast ‘Stop Waiting Tables’ where he interviews creatives about making art and making a living and has a recurring role on the web series ‘Love In NY’ (named 'Best of the Web' by FUNNY OR DIE). Alex earned his MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company. He lives in Brooklyn with his cactus and action figure collection. More details at alexmcurtis.com.   Caitlin Ryan O’Connell (director) is a theatre director and teaching artist. She has worked with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, LCT3, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Repertory Company, and Clubbed Thumb. In 2010, she conceived and directed A World of Girls, an original play based on interviews with teenage girls from twenty-two countries worldwide. Caitlin is a 2016/2017 Clubbed Thumb directing fellow and a former directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has trained with the National Theater Institute, St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Simon McBurney’s Complicite and the NY Neofuturists. She is a teaching artist with The International Theatre and Literacy Project and works in Rwanda to devise theatre with Rwandan youth. Caitlin is an alumna of Wellesley College and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Directing class of 2016. Mike Kirsch (choreographer) is a NYC based producer, director and choreographer. His film and video productions, which he produces, directs and choreographs have been seen by millions across the globe. He has directed and choreographed productions for MTV, ABC, SeaWorld, Bloomingdale’s, L’Oréal, Sabra Hummus, and for Shellac in Times Square during New York Fashion Week. Most recently his dance film “Public Displays” was selected and featured at the prestigious Lincoln Center for the Arts’ Dance on Film Festival. His work has also been featured numerous times on The Today’s Show, in The New York Times and The Huffington Post. www.MikeKirsch.org
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  • Saturday November 9th 5:00PM
  • Eat thy Neighbor
  • From cannibals in Papau New Guinea to Christians in Mississippi, David has been chased, interrogated and sometimes even welcomed to pray together in his search for a solution to the tribalism tearing our country apart.
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  • Saturday November 9th 7:00PM
  • Fish Out Of Agua
  • Michele Carlo grew up a double-outlier: a redheaded, freckle-faced Puerto Rican in an Italian/Irish Bronx neighborhood who was too “white” for some of her family…and a mystery to nearly everyone else. By turns heartbreaking and humorous, the personal stories of her search for identity interweave with traditional Puerto Rican folktales and unfold like a runaway subway train—for a unique first-generation Latinx—and American narrative.
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  • Saturday November 9th 8:30PM
  • Foreign
  • The Wide World of StorytellingForeign brings performers from all over the world to tell their stories about cultural clashing, coming to America and mingling in this American society as an immigrant.
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  • Sunday November 10th 10:00AM
  • 90-minute Storytelling Master Class with Story Studio Instructor Cyndi Freeman
  • This is a short master class which covers the basics of storytelling for performance. It is perfect for dipping your toes into storytelling waters for the first time, or a quick brush up on your skills if you’re a seasoned pro. The class consists of exercises that will help you identify and refine a story. Everyone will get to practice telling a story with a partner and a few volunteers will get the chance to perform their stories for the full group and receive in-depth feedback from their instructor and classmates.
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  • Sunday November 10th 11:30AM
  • 90-minute Storytelling for Business Master Class with Story Studio Instructor Cyndi Freeman
  • This is a short master class which covers how and why storytelling is an invaluable tool for communication and influence. Participants will be guided in applying the principles of compelling storytelling to communicate more effectively on the job. Brief lectures and hands-on exercises focus on bringing an emotionally resonant arc to brand biographies, personal anecdotes for professional networking, and vision-into-action stories. Whether it be talking about important projects, selling a product, selling oneself to a client or at a job interview, crafting stories for grant proposals, or when talking to the press, storytelling is a tool that helps people deliver important messages in a way is that is clear, compelling and memorable.The class consists of exercises that will help you identify and refine a story; everyone will get to practice telling a story with a partner and a few volunteers will get the chance to perform their stories for the full group receive in-depth feedback from their instructor and classmates.
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  • Sunday November 10th 2:00PM
  • How To Get Rid of Scars
  • NPR host, critically-acclaimed author, Moth celebrity, comedian and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg tells the harrowing and hilarious story of acquiring, surviving and living with the dozens of scars that cover her body. From putting her finger into a meat grinder at the age of four, to surviving a near fatal car crash, to the smallest, most frightening scar of all; life has marked Ophira to an extreme degree.   Scars stitches together the rawness, vulnerability, and immediacy of first person storytelling with added levels of audience interaction including a Scar competition, Interview portion, and 2 guest storytellers who add their perspective on their scars.   When does a wound become a scar? How do you get rid of scars? When creams, plastic surgery and time fail to heal, what’s left? Scars is the story of a woman who travels the path of wounded to warrior, and then back again.
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