Interested in having a SpeakeasyDC performance in your town? We will customize an event to fit your needs, whether it’s re-staging one of our own shows, developing one from scratch with talent from your town, or a combination of both. All of our shows feature a diverse cast of performers telling true stories from their lives that are hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking, and enlightening. All of the shows listed below can be reconfigured. In other words, we can take cast members from different shows and create a new one with a new theme and title. Contact Amy Saidman at email@example.com or call 240-888-9751.
Create your own show around a theme or subject or choose from these (all shows listed below have sold-out almost every time):
Wetback, Aliens, & Towelheads: Stories from the First and Second Generations. (Top-selling show in the Intersections Arts Festival) Hear true stories about being an immigrant or child of an immigrant to the United States. Original cast members include: Vijai Nathan, a second-generation Indian-American who tells “Beware”, a story about wanting to be in her school plays to make her Indian grandmother proud, but never getting the lead; Ayo Okunseinde, a first-generation Nigerian-American, tells “International Day”, a story about trying to fit in at an almost all-white high school that has little experience with foreign students; Regie Cabico, a second-generation Filipino-American, tells “My H’Oprah”, a about the pressure from his mother to fulfill her American Dream; Claire Nelson, a first-generation Jamaican-American tells “Be Counted”, a story about the surprise twist that brought her to become the poster-child for the American Census; Delia Perry, a second-generation Cape Verdean-American tells “Tough Love” about her battles with her mother’s old-country ways; and Luis Lopez, a second-generation Nicaraguan tells “You Don’t Know” about an argument he has with someone who calls him a “beaner”.
Revenge of the Cat-Headed Baby and Other True Tales about Life and Death. Original cast members include: Darrell Perry tells “Minnesota”, a story about being one of the only Black families in Minnesota and the loss of his brother; Twain Dooley tells”Called Up”, a story about his experience in the military as the person calling people up for service; Tabbie Mann tells “Can I Get a Witness”, a story about how she deals with a cancer scare; Vijai Nathan tells “Revenge of the Cat-Headed Baby” about her mother’s superstitions; and Edwin Kubal tells “After-School Special”, a story about how he had to overcame childhood warnings to not get someone pregnant in order to become a father. Read Reviews from Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and DC Theatre Scene.
The Sin Show (Top-selling show in Capital Fringe Festival 2009). Hear true stories inspired by each of the seven deadly sins that explore the nuances of human fallibility. Original cast members include: Joseph Price as “Pride” tells a story about his hubris as a young, student playwright; Saurabh Tak as “Lust” tells a story about being propositioning a married woman; Seaton Smith as “Envy” tells a story about a talking trash about a school rival; Vivianne Njoku as “Sloth” tells a story about her short stint as a free-loading beach bum; Meredith Maslich as “Greed” tells a story about not paying her employees; Mike Boyd, as “Wrath”, tells a story about being the frustrations of being a young boy in a hostile environment; and John Kevin Boggs as “Gluttony” tells a story about overcoming addictions. Read reviews in Washington Post and Washington City Paper.
Chocolate Jesus. Hear stories about faith and identity. Original cast members include: Argentinian Eva Salvetti tells a story about becoming a devout Catholic as a way to rebel against her hippy, atheist parents; Stephanie Garibaldi tells a story about being mistaken as a fertility goddess in a Mayan village in Mexico; Amy Saidman tells a story about figuring out what it means to be Jewish in a non-observant family; and Travis Wright tells a story about giving up his plans to become a Baptist Minister when he realizes he’s gay. Read reviews from Washington Post, Washington City Paper, DCist, DC Theatre Scene and more.
The Showcase Showdown. This our most interactive and playful show. Using the Price is Right framework, we turn storytelling into a game show. Contestants must play games like guessing the ending of the story, figuring out which of three stories is a lie, and remember details. Original cast members include: John Kevin Boggs as Rob Parker and B. Stanley as Todd Toddy (the announcer). Sheldon Scott tells a story about competing in his 3rd grade spelling bee; Jessica Solomon tells a story about discovering she has a sister at the age of 10; Regie Cabico tells a mystical story about a curse of flies; Stephanie Garibaldi tells a story about driving Arnold Schwarzenegger to the airport; Mike and Cindy Kane tell a story about the neighbor who stole their cat; Christopher Love tells a story about a dangerous roommate; and Christylez Bacon raps about looking for a wireless signal. Read reviews in Washington City Paper and DC Theatre Scene.
Mommie Dearest: Stories about mothers. Hear trues stories about mothers from a range for perspectives and cultural backgrounds. Original cast members include: Meera Brown tells a story about her grandmother’s advice: Delia Perry, a second-generation Cape Verdean-American tells “Tough Love” about her battles with her mother’s old-country ways; Regie Cabico, a second-generation Filipino-American, tells “My H’Oprah”, a about the pressure from his mother to fulfill her American Dream; Vijai Nathan tells a story about her mother’s Hindu goddesses; Suzanne Hecker tells a story about her Jewish mother’s cut-throat measures to beat people to the sale rack at Filene’s Basement; Gayle Danley tells a story about being raised by her aunt; Ellouise Schoettler tells a story about recreating our pasts; and Jon Stroud tells a story about how his mother made him cool.
Sucker for Love. This is our annual Valentine’s Day special. Stories about loves found lost and forgotten. We have at least 20 stories to choose including Tabbie Mann’s story about accidentally lighting herself on fire; Jennifer Luu’s story of having a mad crush on a straight girl; Darrell Perry’s story about the change from being single to married; Andrew Korfhage’s story about falling in love with his roommate; and Allison Kirsch’s story about the trials and tribulations of on-line dating.
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Class: “The Stage Created Memoir” with guest teacher Margot Leitman and Meredith Maslich of Possibilities Publishing
June 10, 2013
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