Gotham Storytelling Festival

Not even an on-going pandemic can stop the tenth annual Gotham Storytelling Festival. This year’s fest is sure to touch on the good, the bad, and the most outrageous of 2021. Whether you’re looking to escape into someone else’s story, to commiserate with an artist, or to dive into what makes this year so insufferable, Gotham has something for you. Join legendary hitters and new friends for an international event that’s sure to alleviate some of the year’s aches. 



Upcoming Events
 
  • The Kraine Theater
  • Tuesday November 2nd 07:00PM
  • Double Bill: The Devil & The Sugar
  • The Devil by Jackson SturkeyA work in progress, for Jackson had never believed that the Devil lived in the house at the bottom of the hill. When at the end of the summer of 2018 he was asked if he remembered that teacher from his is private Christian high school, he did not. This story unpacks the machinations of the institution and how they spent years hiding the Devil they know.Singer/Songwriter. Cabaret Performer. And Host extraordinaire. Jackson Sturkey is one of the last of the Good Time Charlies. He normally can be found at many haunts of the east village and is also a Perennial player of Frigid NYC, Plan B Variety show, Liquid Family Dinner Cabaret, Ten foot rat Cabaret, NYC talent show and many more. His obsession with old Hollywood can be seen in his insta feed @outlatetonight. His most recent home has been Pangea. Part Tiny Tim, part dapper throwback, part emotional fire iron.The Sugar by Gastor AlmonteAfter a near-fatal hospital stay that ended with a Diabetes diagnosis, Gastor returned home to the shocking discovery that this was a prevalent issue in his community.Gastor Almonte is an award-winning stand up comedian, storyteller, writer, and host. He's appeared on COMEDY CENTRAL's This Is Not Happening, VICE and PBS. TIMEOUT magazine named him one of your "New Comedy Obsessions." He's a 2020 Webby award winner for his appearance on WORLD CHANNEL's Stories from the Stage. He's the host of The War Report Podcast w/ Shalewa Sharpe and his debut album "Immigrant Made" reached #1 on itunes, Amazon Music and GooglePlay charts.***PROOF OF VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR IN PERSON ATTENDANCE***
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  • Wednesday November 3rd 07:00PM
  • What a Difference a Year Makes
  • Michele Carlo has always been determined to find the”silver lining”; in anything. But has the “CoñoCarajo”; pandemic finally been what’s tougher than she is?Michele is a native New Yorker, a Nuyorican, a natural redhead, and remembers when a slice of pizza (and the NYC subway) cost 75 cents. As a storyteller, she has performed across the U.S., including Joe’s Pub, RISK! live shows and podcast, and the MOTH’s Mainstage in NYC; and has appeared on NPR (“Latino USA”) and PBS (“Latino Americans of NY & NJ,” “Stories from the Stage”). She is also the author of the NYC-set memoir “Fish Out of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks.” www.michelecarlo.com***PROOF OF VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE***
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  • Wednesday November 3rd 09:00PM
  • Home Stories
  • Comedian Alexander Payne debut show is a comic monologue on the life of a young kid from South Central, Los Angeles.”Home stories” shares the inner workings of Alex’s views on gangs, love, death, family, tragedies and triumphs in today’s world.Alexander Payne is one of New York’s most versatile comedians. He writes and stars in his popular web-series “Uninspired”. He hosts two of the coolest underground comedy shows “Live At The Inn” and “Midnight Confessions” at The Music Inn in Greenwich Village. He can be seen constantly bouncing back and forth between New York and Los Angeles so check the calendar to see when you catch him in your town!***PROOF OF VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR IN PERSON ATTENDANCE***
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  • Thursday November 4th 07:00PM
  • Still Sick: Stories of Long Covid
  • Join award-winning and critically acclaimed Una Aya Osato and friends for their first performance of stories navigating life with Long COVID. March 2020, NYC was the epicenter of the COVID-19 global pandemic. That's when we first became sick. Thousands of New Yorkers like us who contracted COVID-19 over the last year and a half have not gotten better. We are the Long Haulers. Come hear our stories about negotiating family, work and life in this new reality, and the community we've formed to make it through.Una Aya Osato is a performer, writer, sex educator, CareBear, clown, and stripper from NYC. They are an award-winning actor and playwright who tours her original work nationally and internationally. Una is also a co-founding member of brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque, a BIPOC femme burlesque collective. Una has been featured in the New York Times, Teen Vogue, NPR’s CodeSwitch, NowThis, and many other publications and platforms. Follow Una on IG @ThisIsUna.
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  • Thursday November 4th 09:00PM
  • Animal Farm
  • A one woman show adaptation of George Orwell’s classic, Animal Farm. With a pair of sticks, I transform into every animal in this show and narrate.Reilly Arena is a 22 year old actress hailing from Los Angeles, California where she lives with her boyfriend and two blind cats. She has extensive training from the UMN/Guthrie Theatre BFA actor training program, HB Studios, Groundlings, and Stella Adler. She is so thankful to Erez for this opportunity, her loving boyfriend, and her ever-supportive mom to whom she owes everything. This production is dedicated to her papa, who always has a copy of Animal Farm on his shelf. ***PROOF OF VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR IN PERSON ATTENDANCE***
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  • Friday November 5th 07:00PM
  • ACES: Storytelling Sets From Some of NYC’s Best
  • 10 minute storytelling sets from folks who have had their work featured by The Moth, The Onion, The New Yorker, The Public Theater, and more. Hosted by David Lawson who most recently performed in "Rage Restaurant," a sketch for Comedy Central. Over the past year his work hosting and curating storytelling shows for The Queens Theatre's #QueensTheatreAtHome program has been profiled by Time Out New York, NBC New York, and American Theatre Magazine.
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  • Saturday November 6th 05:00PM
  • BIRD
  • A solo stand-up/theatrical production that demands to exist. Overcoming childhood sexual abuse, she disassociates imagining people as animals. BIRD is a solo play: part stand-up, part memoir, part fever dream created by Kylie Vincent (Adult Swim) and Barbara Pitts McAdams (Laramie Project). A contemporary solo piece that aims towards sharing and uplifting a story of sexual trauma through the elements of comedy & theatre. A solo show using elements of stand-up & memoir to tell the relevant story of BIRD. The personal story begs the question, can Bird soar above sexual abuse? She disassociates imagining people as animals, coping through comedy and imagination. Vincent is a stand-up, activist, and theatre artist in New York City. Previously, in her capacity as March For Our Lives NY State Action Director, Kylie is a frequent speaker & producer for art & activism events. As an actor/sketch artist, Kylie has been seen in NBC’s pilot “Gen Z,” Adult Swim’s “Digikiss,” and UCB NYC’s Hells Kitchen, Main Stage. Kylie has traveled to Europe for Stand-up in her Amsterdam Tour & been published in multiple outlets for her comedy writing such as LOL Comedy & Points In Case. With her first full-length play BIRD, Kylie brings her loves of comedy, activism, and theatre together, sharing her story and a cathartic, empowering message about sexual violence and survivorship.Warning: this performance contains content about sexual abuseFull vaccination (two weeks past final dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J) is required for all audience members, staff, and performers. You can prove your vaccination status withYour vaccine cardThe NY Excelsior app or NJ Docket appA photo of your vaccine card with matching photo IDMasking is required for audience and staffMasks may be removed while seated in the back of the theater to enjoy drinks provided the bar is open and an empty row is left between masked and unmasked sections.Audience members seated in the front section of the theater will be fully masked at all times.Audience members and performers are required to fill out a contact tracing form upon arrival.Seating is limited to half normal capacity with space left between parties.The theater is equipped with a ventilation system capable of completely replacing the air in the space every ten minutes.Surfaces are sanitized regularly.All in attendance (audience, staff, performers, etc) must adhere to these polices or be asked to leave.
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  • Sunday November 7th 02:30PM
  • Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life
  • Tomatoes returns to NYC for the first time since its sold out run Off Broadway. Storyteller, Keith Alessi, brings his award winning show back to the Kraine where it was awarded “Most Inspirational Show” in the 2019 Frigid Fringe Festival. This true story, told with humor and music, has delighted audiences across Canada, the UK and the US. Fresh from a 3 week run in Alberta, Canada, this is an expanded version of the show that previously appeared in NYC. More banjos! More info at: www.tomatoestriedtokillme.com
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  • Sunday November 7th 05:00PM
  • Stories in Heels: Tall Tales of the Glamorous Women Who Changed My Life
  • From Joan Crawford to Joan Collins; from Mama Jean to Monica Lewinsky; from Helen Gurley Brown to Elizabeth Warren, Jamie Brickhouse has been the fly to the flames of these larger-than-life ladies. Brickhouse pays them glamorous homage with a cabaret-style evening of stories all told in high heels, giving tall tales new meaning. Called a “natural raconteur” by the Washington Post, Jamie is a National Storytelling Grand Slam champ, 4-time Moth StorySLAM winner and TikTok “#storiesinheels” star with over 2 million views.Called “a natural raconteur” by the Washington Post, Jamie Brickhouse is a writer and comedic storyteller. He’s the author of the critically acclaimed Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze Sex and My Mother which is an Amazon “Editors’ Pick”, an Amazon Best Book of 2015. It's available as an audiobook read by him and as an e-book. A National Storytelling Network Grand Slam winner, and 4-time Moth champion, he’s the writer/performer of the multi-award-winning solo show adaptation of his memoir Dangerous When Wet, which the Washington Post dubbed “stylish…one of the most polished one-man shows.” Drag legend Charles Busch called his second solo show, I Favor My Daddy: A Tale of Two Sissies, “funny, touching, honest, insightful, and most of all, wonderful entertainment.” The winner of multiple awards, it’s based on Jamie’s forthcoming memoir. Jamie has recorded voices on Beavis Butthead, recently interviewed Matthew McConaughey for the worldwide San Miguel Literary Sala, has appeared on PBS-TV’s Stories from the Stage, and The Moth Podcast. Jamie has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, and Huffington Post. He lives with his husband Michael in New York City. Follow Jamie on TikTok where his #storiesinheels videos have over a million views: @Jamie_Brickhouse. Find him @jamiebrickhouse on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and at www.jamiebrickhouse.com.***PROOF OF VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR IN PERON ATTENDANCE***
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  • Thursday November 11th 09:00PM
  • The Pilgrim's Progress
  • A Mayflower Descendant spills the beans in a dark but often comic mix of history and memoir (familial fails and the fate of the First Nations) presented on the 400th anniversary of the "First Thanksgiving"Writer/performer Trav S.D. has been making downtown theatre in NYC for over 30 years. His shows have been performed at Joe's Pub, La Mama, the Duplex, Theater for the New City, HERE, Dixon Place, The Brick, and of course Horse Trade! He is known as one of America's premiere vaudeville revivalists. His most recent production, "Horse Play" was presented at the Ellen Stewart Theatre with Everett Quinton, Molly Pope, and Tim Cusack, who also produced. This is his sixth solo show.***PROOF OF VACCINATION AND PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR IN PERSON ATTENDANCE***
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