The Stoop Storytelling Series is a popular Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features ordinary people telling the extraordinary, true tales of their lives. Now in their eleventh season, The Stoop (co-founded by friends Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler) and presents its mainstage shows at The Senator Theatre in addition to workshops and special events around Baltimore.
"You can’t love great stories in Baltimore and not be a fan of Stoop Storytelling, said Vincent M. Lancisi, Founding Artistic Director at Everyman Theatre "We’ve been having ongoing conversations with Jessica and Laura for quite some time, just looking for the right time and opportunity to partner.”
Inspired by the behind-the-scenes bedlam of Noises Off, Everyman Theatre partnered with Stoop Storytelling to present “The Show Must Go On!,” an evening of hilarious-but-true stories of the unexpected pitfalls and pratfalls of live performance, which took place on May 22, 2017.
Beginning with a call-for-stories to Baltimore creators, performers and theatre makers (amateurs and professionals alike), submissions were whittled down to a lineup of eight hilarious testimonials of things gone astonishingly wrong.
“This is exciting, as it will be the first time we’ve produced a show with only performers sharing their stories.” explained Jessica Henkin "We’re often giving people a first-time experience in front of a live audience. This event will feature true, personal stories about persevering while performing, even when the performer might want to just walk off the stage, get in their car, drive home and crawl into bed!”
Following a brief rehearsal, allowing storytellers to form a bond and helping to establish the order of show, the performers would bring their stories to Everyman—sharing the stage with the set from Noises Off during an “off” night for the show.
Audiences were treated to music and mingling during a pre-show happy hour featuring live music from a local band, The Slanted Sound, followed by a laugh-out-loud hilarious evening of cringe-worthy stories shared by Jay Herzog (Everyman Theatre), Maria Broom (Baltimore School for the Arts), actor Tomi Rinaldi, theatre teacher Jimi Kinstle, Kimberly Lynne (University of Baltimore), Josh Kohn (Creative Alliance), Jessica Murphy Garrett (Single Carrot Theatre) and Roy Taff (Baltimore Improv Group).
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