Sucker for Love
    Details February 14

    Sucker for Love:
    A Valentine's Day Special

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    9:30 Club

    Doors 6:00PM / Show 7:00PM Add to Calendar

    NOTE: The early show is sold out, but a second show has been added for 10pm. Please contact 9:30 Club directly if you have questions about tickets or parking at 202-265-0930 or visit their website at

    SpeakeasyDC presents the 6th annual Valentine’s love-fest of stories about the pleasures and perils of romance. Whether you’re with your sweetie or single, SpeakeasyDC’s Sucker for Love storytelling show is a unique and unforgettable way to spend Valentine’s Day -- listening to heartfelt and hilarious true stories about loves found, lost, and imagined. As always, SpeakeasyDC promises storytelling at its best with a cast of new and veteran storytellers, including Nina Brewton, Cara Foran, Chancellor Gaffney, Elizabeth Coyle Kominski, Layla McCay, Pierce McManus, Shawn Westfall, Zach Wilks. Directed by Stephanie Chapman Garibaldi . Co-directed and hosted by Joe Tayag.

    Review from Yelp about Sucker for Love #5: The event was well-organized and overall a fantastic production.  Eight stories of love.. ranging all emotions.. but surprisingly, all with happy endings!  If I'm in DC on Valentine's Day next year, without a doubt, I'll be back for this show.  Great for couples, friends, and those flyin' solo.


    Nina Brewton


    Nina Brewton is a writer who speaks and a speaker who sings. She is the author of two books with the word 'Queen' in the title and is set to debut her first one-woman show this spring. And oh yeah, she believes in love.

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    Cara Foran


    Cara Foran is a corporate drone by day and an unmanned creative aerial vehicle by night.  Cara has performed with Speakeasy DC, Story League, Better Said Than Done, and Fan-Freakin-Tastic. Her writing has been featured on,, and in DC Style magazine, yet she remains somehow mysteriously single.

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    Chancellor Gaffney


    Chancellor Gaffney is an auditor by trade and a gym enthusiast in practice. He has a voracious appetite for the vernacular and is a lover of linguistics. He is a soft-spoken, hard-hitting omnivore with an inquiring mind.

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    Elizabeth Kominski


    Elizabeth Kominski is a mother, wife, musician, high school teacher, and sometimes, a storyteller.  She is excited to do something other than tuning a guitar, grading papers, or cleaning up poop.  She would like to thank her lovely family and all of the unsuccessful relationships that led her here.

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    Layla McCay


    Layla McCay is a Brit about town in Washington DC. When she's not teaching global health or curing the sick, you can find her running Perfect Liars Club, DC's storytelling night with a side of shrewd.

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    Pierce McManus


    Pierce McManus is a DC-based storyteller. He’s had the pleasure of performing with SpeakeasyDC, StoryLeague, Better Said Than Done, and Perfect Liars Club.  When he's not telling stories, Pierce is training for his next marathon or posting embarrassing family photos to his popular blog: Me With a Fish.

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    Shawn Westfall


    Shawn Westfall has been teaching improvisational comedy at the DC Improv for over 10 years, and performing it for much, much longer than that. By day he works in advertising, so he spends a lot of time making crap up. This is his first time on a SpeakeasyDC stage.

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    Zach Wilks


    Zach WIlks is a storyteller, stand-up comedian, and sometime "motivational" speaker. He uses these skills daily as a devoted husband and attorney for the Defense Department. Zach has been married since 2000, but a Red Wings fan even longer. 

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    Stephanie Garibaldi


    Stephanie Garibaldi started directing SpeakeasyDC’s annual SFL show back in 2009, because she needed a distraction from not having a valentine.  Now in year 6, the show will have its largest sold-out audience ever at the 9:30 Club, and Stephanie’s happily married. Mere coincidence or karmic justice? You decide.

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    Joe Tayag

    Asst. Director and Host

    Joe Tayag has trained in storytelling through SpeakeasyDC, theatrical improv at Berkeley, and jungle survival skills in the Amazon. For his day-job, Joe translates quantitative and qualitative data into compelling stories to increase health care access in Africa and the Middle East.

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    Friday February 14th, 2014 Doors 6:00PM / Show 7:00PM
    • 6:00 – 7:00PM


      Find seats, grab a drink, get some food, catch up with friends and meet new ones. 

    • 7:00 - 9:00PM

      Early Show

      Sold out 

    • 10PM - 11:30PM

      Late Show

      Still tickets available. Save money by purchasing tickets at the 9:30 Club box office in person. 

    • Where

      9:30 Club
      9:30 Club 815 V St NW Washington, D.C., DC 20001
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