The Synergy Story Slam happens twice monthly at The Magnetic Theatre (in The Magnetic Field) in the heart of Asheville’s River Arts District at 372 Depot St.
Slams happen every 1st and 3rd Monday night, beginning January 17, 2011. Doors open at 7pm, you can sign up to tell stories then. Stories begin around 7:30pm. Come early to grab dinner or a drink at the Magnetic Field, then get a good seat for the show. Come to tell a story, or come just to listen.
Spring 2011 Slam nights: Jan. 17, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, Mar. 7, Mar. 21, April 4, April 18, and May 2.
Slam series finale: TBA – 1st full weekend in May
The first slam on Monday January 17th – Martin Luther King Day – will benefit the I Have A Dream Foundation of Asheville.
Why we do it:
The slam is an opportunity to share stories, to laugh, to learn, and to help out local organizations, all in an effort to build a stronger Asheville community. It’s good for you to tell your stories, and it’s good for us to hear them. And, of course, it’s good for community organizations because part of the proceeds from door donations collected at the slam will be donated to a different local organization each week. Another big fat chunk of the door cash goes to the story slam winner -that’s right friend, tell a story and it might be money in your pocket!
It’s a win win, so come share your story!
How it works:
Each week, I’ll announce a theme for the upcoming Story Slam. The theme for the January 17th slam is: Changes: Stories of Transformation. On the night of the slam, I’ll open the mic up to anybody – poets, storytellers, comedians, teachers, bus drivers, artists, parents, coffee-drinkers, women, men, people, anybody, anybody – to tell a story that connects in some way to the topic at hand. We’ll appoint at least 2 audience judges (who are not telling stories), to pick the best story of the night. The winner will get part of the cash we collect at the door, and the satisfaction of knowing they told an entertaining story. They’ll also get an invite to tell their winning story at the slam series finale show in May.
Additionally, each week I’ll choose one local Asheville organization, cause, non-profit, or charity to receive a portion of the money donated at the door.
See – it’s Synergy!
-Entrance to the show is a suggested donation of $5 – $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Keep in mind that your donation will go both to the story slam winner (for entertaining you so well), and to a local community organization (for making Asheville so great). Your donation will also help the slam continue to happen, and it will help the Magnetic Theatre (a non-profit organization) continue to provide a home for Asheville artists.
-You don’t have to tell a story to enjoy the slam. In fact, we only have time for so many stories, but the more people who listen, the better!
-Come early, grab dinner or a drink at the Magnetic Field, and get a good seat. Doors open at 7, stories start around 7:30.
-You can interpret the theme any way you like, but make sure there is some sort of connection in there.
-Stories should be true (mostly) and they should be personal stories that you can tell without using any notes.
-Stories should be 5-10minutes long. Please don’t go over 10 minutes, or we might have to yank you off stage with a cane, and nobody wants that.
-To share a story, show up at 7 and fill out a tiny piece of paper with your name and e-mail address, then throw it in the hat and wait.
-At 7:30pm, I’ll draw 7 names out of the hat and those lucky folks will tell stories. You might get to tell, you might not. It just adds to the suspense for everyone, and it keeps it shorter, since it’s on a school night and all.
-At the end of the slam, our judges will discuss in an incredibly official manner and then announce a winner. The winner will go home with cash in their pocket and an invitation to tell a story at our slam finale in May. Sweet!