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We are returning to the the historic Lincoln Theatre to celebrate the best of stories of the year with these fantastic storytellers. We expecte to sell out nce again with out seventh annual showcase of the top eight stories of the year (as determined by a panel of judges who whittled it down from 160.) Featuring stories by DC's finest about psychics, sex toys, spelling bees, pot brownies, and car dealerships. See cast photos and bios below.
NOTE: Avoid the added online convenience fees to Ticketfly by purchasing tickets in person at the Lincoln Theater or 9:30 Club box offices. Tickets are still $25 but the fees are only $1 per ticket when you buy in person. Box offices are open at regular hours or when they are open for another show. See hours for both venues. Note that tickets have sold out every year weeks in advance. Don't wait to get yours.
Thanks to our judges for screening the top 16 choosing these final eight:
- Phill Branch - Top Shelf Alum, Howard Professor, Filmmaker (check out "Searching for Shaniqua") on HBO. http://www.phillbranch.com/
- Jenn Tress - Storyteller, author ("You're Not Pretty Enough")
- Annalisa Dias- Co-Founder, Washington DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice; Producing Playwright, The Welders
- Wayne Manigo - co-creator of Washington DC Comedy Writers Group
From the Washington Post
At its best, Story District is a spellbinding night of spoken word: Average people onstage telling true-life stories of love, high school foibles, childhood vacations or restaurant jobs, delivered without notes and without a net. Some provoke knowing laughter; others reduce the room to silence. Your average Story District show is very good, but theTop Shelf performance should be a knockout: A panel of judges have selected their favorite stories from a year's worth of shows and invited their authors back for a greatest-hits show. Tales of haunting, booze and courtship are all on the docket: Truly something for everyone.
About the Process
For those of you new to this show, we screen and score all the stories that have been told on the Story District stage over the last 12 months (Nov 2015 thru Oct 2016) — that’s 160 stories. We — the Story District faculty — narrow that down to 16 nominees which are then screened and scored by a panel of independent judges who determine the final 8.
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Katy Barrett is a writer and storyteller whose been involved with Story District for four years. She's performed regularly on the 2nd Tuesday stage,and was selected to perform in Top Shelf 2013. Other storytelling credits include: Story Showdown, Unraveled, Atonement, Swimming Upstream, Into the Wild, and Risk!: So Emotional. She also co-directed My So Called Jewish Life and Unhinged. Her stories have been featured on Story District's podcast and in The Washington Post.
Día Bùi is a Vietnamese queer women of color. She is a poet, storyteller and comedian and has performed in multiple cities across the country. Día embraces culture, writing, and music as tools of learning and empowerment. She currently serves as the Co-Director of the Washington Peace Center. Connect with her @dia_verse and find her workings at www.diabui.com
Mike Kane first told this story in October of 2015. He keeps the video private on Vimeo, and won't give the password to anyone. Ever.
Meg is a researcher, yoga teacher, failed beauty pageant contestant, former monkey owner, occasional storyteller, and general badass. If this bio looks familiar it's because you swiped right to it on Tinder.
Joseph Price is a Story District teacher and frequent performer. His 2nd solo show Color Theory was in the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival.
An artful activist working to be a cross between John Oliver and Socrates.
Cait is thrilled that years of romantic misadventures finally paid off. You may know her from her role as back-up dancer in the 2011 music video, "Teach Me How to Bunny."