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StorySlam2Here’s 21 stories for your viewing/listening pleasure.

About a month ago the Newton Nomadic Theater held its first ever Nomad Story Slam one Friday night at Gregorian Rugs.  We invited anyone who wanted to come tell a five minute, true story, about something that happened to them.   The theme of the night was “on the road”.

Twenty one story tellers showed up including some of our elected officials, some Village14 regulars, and a lot of just regular folks who got up in front of a microphone for the first time to tell a personal story.  It was a wonderful night.

We’ll be holding the next Nomad Story Slam on Friday January 23 back at Gregorian Rugs.  The theme of the night will be “moving on” – so start working on your stories now.

In the meantime, below are 21 true stories from 21 of your neighbors from last month’s event.

Special thanks go to Maureen Reilly-Meagher and Chris Pitts for creating the video of the night.  Maureen has recently started taking NewTV free video production classes.  This was going to be her first project.  She talked to Chris and he jumped in to help.  He said if it’s worth doing, let’s do it right.  So they showed up with an elaborate three camera setup and put together this nicely edited two hour program – a big project.  For those who don’t know Chris, he’s a man of many talents and interests.  When he’s not sitting on the Waban Area Council, he’s playing a mean saxophone in a great jazz band or doing all sorts of video production work.

The Stories:

Nicole Galland – Time for a new religion
Patti Cassidy – Graveyards of Paris
Nelson Lipshutz – Out in the Louisiana bayou
Joe Corcoran – A dicey night in Wales
Mayor Setti Warren – a tribute to a lost friend

The audience – The worse thing that ever happened on the road was …
Megara Bell – Buddha in the woods
Scott Lennon – Getting ‘the call’
Olivia Caffrey – I’m an excellent driver
Margie Ross Decker – In the village in Cambodia
Maddie Welch – My resourceful parents
Ashley Wasilewski – From Missouri for 36 hours
Bob Burke – How to hide an aircraft carrier
Brian Flaherty – You turn at the pizza shop
The audience – The worse thing that ever happened on the road was …

Sallee Lipshutz – WHAT”S HAPPENING !!?!??
Michael Reilly – Stick to bank robbery
Patrice Westrate – Haunted by my underwear
Rachel Koepke – Being the getaway driver
Martha O’Connell – On the road to Michigan
Jane Aransky – My most embarrassing moments
James Ruetnik – Please let me in
Kate Carney – If you ever need help, ask a priest
Jerry Reilly – Bob & Yoko