Porchlight Open Door storytellingby Penelope Starr on Dec. 30, 2009, under Arts
Monday night I told a story in San Francisco at Porchlight‘s newest venture, the casual Open Door Storytelling. The structure is similar to a slam but not so judgmental. Similar to an open mic but someone wins $50. A nice mix of the two.
The back room of the Hemlock Tavern has a small stage, lights and a few mics, all you really need. As people came in they could sign up to tell a five-minute personal story. Out of approximately 60 people attending, 10 volunteered to get on stage and tell on the theme “The Old Me”.
Hosts Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick chose a random audience member to be the judge and the parade of stories began.
They’ve only been using this format for a few months and the audience is growing. Open Door on the last Monday of the month is an addition to the regularly curated Porchlight shows on the third Monday of the month at the historic Verdi Club.
P.S. I didn’t win the fifty bucks.