ICYMI: Highlights from Speakeasy DC’s Fools Rush In
Wise men say only fools rush in, but last night’s audience couldn’t help but fall in love in with our storytellers’ true tales of acting rashly, being naïve and attempting feats that the wise avoid. The night, held in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, featured a tribute to the late Kevin Boggs, a master storyteller with an indelible Washington legacy.
The first central theme among last night’s stories was the element of fear. Our event’s first teller, Mike Baireuther, told his tale of getting into some literal deep shit after realizing the water they ventured into at their local golf club was right next to a sewage plant. Adrian Villalobos told his story of a near-death experience after his leg fell out of the harness of the Batman roller coaster at a Texas theme park. Anne Thomas’ frightening tale of escaping near rape and murder as an 18-year-old vacationing in Sicily taught our audience about the perils of trusting sketchy locals in foreign countries.
Another group of people who apparently cannot be trusted are random pug owners on dark nights in DC. Mallory Huggins learned this after her obsessions with pugs led her to agree to dog-sit for a total stranger she met one particular midnight. Liz Richardson also made a mistake by crafting an elaborate lie in her college French class about a tattoo she didn’t have. Like any normal college kid, Liz’s motives for lying were to win over a guy and to one-up her stripper classmate who was better than her at French.
Of course, what would any night of stories about people being fools be without the things people do for love? One day, Shalini Parekh’s parents decided it was time for her to settle down, so her father accompanied her to a dehumanizing Indian matrimony conference in New Jersey, where she was identified solely as “Candidate #273”. Brian Vogt’s story also touched on the fear of rejection. As a nerdy 7th grader, he was convinced the best way to win over his crush was to prove himself athletically by jumping over her. Dramatic first impressions ended up not being Brian’s forte, as she turned around at the wrong moment and braced his fall. Em Morrison’s tale also dealt with middle school trials. As a 13-year-old, Em felt she already had a “strong makeout game,” but felt she had to do something when she learned her friends were moving a quicker pace than her sexually. She hilariously describes her not-so-subtle wooing of the tunnel-visioned Jake, whom she deems decent enough to take to second base.
Speakeasy’s next event will be Tuesday, April 14 at Town Danceboutique, where tellers will share their stories of handling (or mishandling) crises. We look forward to seeing you!