Better Said Than Done Celebrates 2 Years with Storytelling Contest

Storytelling Stars

May 25, 2013, 7pm @Auld Shebeen

3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia







April 15, 2013 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Better Said Than Done, Northern Virginia’s premier storytelling troupe, is celebrating its two-year anniversary with a storytelling contest. On May 25, 2013, the best of the best will fight it out at 7 PM at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, Virginia (3971 Chain Bridge Road), in a night of true, personal stories. Prizes will be given to the top 3 performances of the night.

Better Said Than Done was launched in May 2011, by Jessica Piscitelli Robinson to bring the art of storytelling to Northern Virginia. The troupe has hosted regular storytelling shows in Northern Virginia for the past two years and has recorded over 100 true, personal stories performed by Better Said Than Done storytellers. Over the past month, voting for the best storytellers of Better Said Than Done has been open to the public. We received over 500 votes and are pleased to announce the top ten, who will be performing in the contest on May 25th. [Bios below.]

The 10 selected storytellers range in age from 27 to 73. Most live in DC, Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Maryland, but one travels from Philadelphia to participate in the shows. Some have been telling stories for 30 years, and others for less than a year. Together, they have performed at Epicure Café, Jammin’ Java, and the Kennedy Center, and in SpeakeasyDC, DC SWAN Day and the Capital Fringe Festival.

Each of these storytellers has been asked to prepare a new story for the anniversary show on May 25, 2013. The theme of the May show is, “The Art of War: Competing, Fighting, and Winning.” At the end of the evening, audience members will vote by secret ballot for their favorite story of the night. The first place winner will receive $300, the second place winner $200, and the third place winner $100. All of the top ten, of course, will receive bragging rights as a Better Said Than Done top ten finalist.

The anniversary show will be performed at The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030, at 7 PM, with doors opening at 6 PM. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door. Shows regularly sell out, so it is recommended to arrive early.

Better Said Than Done defines storytelling as the art of performing a true, personal story in front of a live audience. Our stories are personal. Each storyteller writes about his or her own experiences. They are true, though like every good story, they sometimes come with enhanced details. And they are a story, meaning they have a beginning, middle, and end. Most importantly, storytelling is a performance, an art, a form of entertainment, and, from our mouths, a reality the audience will not forget. Better Said Than Done, Inc., was launched in May 2011, by Jessica Piscitelli, to bring the art of storytelling to Northern Virginia. In 2012 and 2013, the troupe was voted one of the Best Performance Acts in Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine readers. For more information on upcoming shows, performers, or workshops, please visit www.bettersaidthandone.com.

[Top 10 bios follow.]

Mike Baireuther, 27, Silver Spring, MD.

Mike is originally from a very quaint town in Pennsylvania that you’ve never heard of. He works as a copy editor at Discovery Channel and has been a storyteller for one year.

Noa Baum, Silver Spring, MD.

Noa has been a storyteller for 30 years. Born and raised in Jerusalem, she has performed at: The World Bank; U.S. Defense Department; Mayo Clinic; Stanford University; Fabula Festival, Sweden; The Kennedy Center; and colleges and congregations internationally.

Kevin Boggs, 49, Washington, DC.

Kevin, a storyteller for six years, has performed at Atlas Theater, the 9:30 Club and Woolly Mammoth. He has performed in the past five years at Capital Fringe Fest, Bare Stories, Fan-Freaking-Tastic, SpeakeasyDC and Story League.

Jason Conner, 28, Philadelphia, PA.

Jason is new to storytelling, having only told once at Better Said Than Done, but he has been speaking at colleges across the country about equality for LGBTQ people.

Dustin Fisher, 38, New Carrolton, MD.

Dustin is a storyteller, blogger, and stay-at-home dad.

Cara Foran, Washington, DC.

Cara has been performing stories for less than a year. In addition to Better Said Than Done, she has also told for SWAN Day, SpeakeasyDC and Fan-Freaking-Tastic.

David Supley Foxworth, 39, Reston, VA.

David has performed two stories, with Better Said Than Done at Epicure Café.

Jennifer Luu, 31, Alexandria, VA.

Jennifer performed a one-woman show in 2009 and has since been seen storytelling at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Black Cat, Jammin’ Java, University of Maryland, and James Madison University. She is a storytelling teacher with Better Said Than Done.

Anna Marie Trester, 39, Arlington, Virginia.

Anna has performed improv all over, including Upright Citizens Brigade in NY, NY. She has been storytelling for two years, teaching at Washington Improv Theater since 2005 and a storytelling teacher with Better Said Than Done since 2011.

Michael Zhuang, Washington, DC

Michael is a financial advisor for physicians and entrepreneurs by day and a storytelling and standup comedian by night. He stumbled upon the arts of storytelling because he could barely speak English in public – his fourth language.

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