EXIT Theatre’s Talk Story Festival
For lovers of live theater, San Francisco is one of the best places on earth to land. Especially if you are interested in the unique, the otherworldly, the genre-busting, the weird, and the unexpected, San Francisco’s abundance of theater troupes and stages makes it a veritable mecca of memorable theater. One of the most well known theaters in the entire city is EXIT Theatre, and this June will see EXIT Theatre transform itself into a sort of cabaret of storytelling.
Perhaps you have found yourself enthralled by podcasts such as The Moth and Porchlight. If so, than you will not want to miss EXIT Theatre’s Talk Story. Returning after a smash success in 2017, Talk Story holds as its premise the belief that oral storytelling is a significant part of our heritage as human beings not only for its artistic possibility but also for its success at enabling communication to occur between individuals who might otherwise find themselves at odds with one another.
This year’s Talk Story Festival will run from June 6th until June 9th and will feature numerous top quality storytellers from around the nation. As opposed to the sorts of theater that you might be familiar with, events such as Talk Story feature no actors, sets, music, or props. Instead, you get one person, standing on stage with a microphone, talking to you. The whole point is for them to tell you a story from their lives, and in doing so revive the ancient art or oral storytelling as practiced by such people as Homer and Virgil.
Performances expected to occur during this year’s Exit Theatre Talk Story Festival include:
- Ed Wolf: a Bay Area local and renowned performance artist doing his iconic It’s Hard to Explain
- Dr. Ada Cheng: coming to us from Chicago, this nationally recognized storyteller will perform the almost-legendary Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving Across Borders
- Shelly Steward: one of the most beloved Bay Area performers comes to us in order to perform her soon-to-be hit show, T.R.I.P.S (aka, The Real Inside Personal Stories)
There will by other performers taking stage throughout the three-day long festival, and for a full list of events, as well as to purchase tickets, you are encouraged to go to the EXIT Theatre’s website.