Want to hear a story? You’ve come to the right city. As the Stoop Storytelling series celebrates its 12th anniversary, it has been joined by a number of others in both live and digital venues around Baltimore.
“Everyone Has a Story. What’s Yours?”
On Valentine’s Day, Baltimore will celebrate ten years of its very own storytelling series, The Stoop, so named for Charm City’s rich history of stoop sitting in its many neighborhoods. Just as row house neighbors rest on their front steps and share stories, so it is with The Stoop. Baltimoreans from across the city come together to tell tales simply for the pleasure of the shared experience.
Now that the holidays are over, surely we’ve all got lots of wild tales and war stories to tell. And winter is the perfect time for gathering around, and settling in for an evening of being regaled with a good yarn or two. There are plenty of ways to get in your share of The Stoop in the coming weeks– whether you go simply as an audience member, or as a potential storyteller yourself.
Storytelling has always been an integral part of American culture. And while new-fangled technology (you know, motion pictures and the like) certainly did its part to shove storytelling out of the cultural spotlight, it’s been making a big comeback in recent years. If you’re a fan of The Moth podcast, or even programs like This American Life, you know the power that can come from someone simply telling you a story while you just sit back and take it all in. The Stoop Storytelling Series is Baltimore’s own local version of that. Each Stoop evening features a theme, with folks just like you and me (but with a little extra bravery) getting up to tell their own personal, true stories on that theme. And coming up…. Halloween edition, of course.
Are you ready for some high drama this weekend? How’s this sound: When Lilly the mouse brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school for show and tell, her teacher, Mr. Slinger confiscates them. Lilly’s fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends. No, this is not one of the offerings at this weekend’s Maryland Film Festival; it’s the story of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes. On Saturday, May 4, from 2 pm to 3 pm, Wee Chic Boutique will host Pumpkin Theatre as they perform a dramatic reading of this and other children’s tales.