Storytelling event April 21st at Hood

Hood College’s very own Blackbox Theatre in Tatem 10 will house a storytelling event open to all students.

This event is entitled “True Story!” with the theme of new beginnings. The show will be made possible through the partnership between Hood College Theatre, Humanities Council, and Beneficial-Hodson Library.

“True Story!” will occur on Friday, April 21st at 7 p.m., with no prior sign-up necessary. The only thing needed in order to participate with the event is a story they would like to share and an audience.

Inspiration for the event comes from “The Moth,” which was launched in New York in 1997. “The Moth” is a conglomeration of performance events, community workshops, and radio airings to give people a chance to artistically express themselves through storytelling.

The originators of the Hood event were also inspired by “The Stoop,” a Baltimore borne series which is similar to “The Moth”. Other colleges have held events inspired by the two series. Stevenson University calls their own version of the series, “Quad Stories.” 

Many students may be familiar with the brains behind the operation: Aimee Gee, one of Beneficial-Hodson’s Reference Librarians; Joe Brady, the director of the theatre program at Hood College; Aaron Angello, an English and Communication Arts professor at Hood; and Sophia M. Libman, the NEH Professor of the Humanities.

“I had the idea last year because I’d known that other colleges had done similar events and I’m a big fan of ‘The Moth’ and ‘The Stoop’” said Aimee Gee. “I couldn’t get everything off the ground, but partnering with Joe Brady and Aaron Angello has made it possible this year.”

Anyone can meet and become familiar with the creators of this event during auditions to be the show’s host on Friday, April 14 in the Blackbox. The chosen host may also be a part of the storytelling.

There will be free pizza at the event and a donations box will be present for anyone who would like to help offset the cost of this event and future ones.

 

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