Story Club Minneapolis

Produced and Hosted by Amy Salloway
Featured Storytellers Michael Kleber-Diggs and Cathy Gasiorowicz

Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00pm

Tickets: $8-$15 sliding scale

Story Club Minneapolis is a live monthly storytelling show featuring both an open mic segment and a curated set of performers from all over the Twin Cities arts scene and beyond. Story Club showcases true, autobiographical stories -- especially stories that are bold, vulnerable, unexpected, and connected to the complexity of our cultural environment. No two Story Club evenings are ever alike, but each month when we wrap up the show, we feel like we’ve witnessed a new, unique little community coming together.

So! Starting at 6pm, audience members are invited to put their names in the jar for the opportunity to tell an up-to-7-minute story onstage (Requirements? Has to be a story, has to be true, has to be about you!). When the show begins at 7, three or four tellers are drawn at random to perform, and they'll be followed by our featured guests. Does this make you want to tell a story? GOOD! (Do it! Do it! Do it!)

Story Club’s host and producer is actor/writer Amy Salloway! She’s the creator of the award-winning autobiographical touring solo plays Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?, So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!, and Circumference, as well as the two-person show Entwined. She’s contributed true personal stories to programs on MPR and CBC, and has been both a storyteller and story coach for the hit national podcast RISK! You can take memoir and creative writing classes from Amy through Minneapolis Community Ed, and storytelling workshops through The Story Studio. Find out more at Amy’s Facebook page Awkward Moment Productions.

February’s featured performers are Michael Kleber-Diggs and Cathy Gasiorowicz!

Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet and essayist. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Poetry City, North Dakota Quarterly, Pollen Midwest, Paper Darts, Water~Stone Review and a few anthologies. Michael is a past Fellow with the Givens Foundation for African-America Literature, a past-winner of the Loft Mentor Series in Poetry, and the inaugural Poet Laureate of Anoka County libraries. His work has been supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Michael is husband to Karen, and dad to a daughter who’s an accomplished dancer. You can find out more about Michael at https://michaelkleberdiggs.com.

Cathy Gasiorowicz spent the first half of her career as a dancer, actor, choreographer (Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Children’s Theater, Minnesota Opera, History Theater) and mime (Yoplait Yogurt, Minnesota Artist-in-Residence program, way too many bar mitzvahs). Since trading in her berets and striped shirts for some decent-looking clothes, she’s worked as a writer/creative at various marketing agencies but continues to tell stories. Her one-woman show, “Falling Out of the Family Tree,” was a sellout at the 2004 MN Fringe Festival. You can find her TEDx Talk at https://tinyurl.com/yyukm8dj.

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