To celebrate the first anniversary of New Hope’s, Ferry Market, Bucks County Playhouse has partnered with the venue to create the first community story slam. The event is free and will take place at Ferry Market, 32 South Main Street on October 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
“We’re so excited to bring the story slams to New Hope. So many people have approached me after our Word of Mouth storytelling shows and say, ‘I have an amazing story to tell,’ or ‘I would love to give this a try,” said Michaela Murphy, Director of Education. “The Ferry Market is a great gathering place for the community and the slam gives us all an opportunity to hear stories from the people we see every day on the street. It’s the perfect event for the Playhouse to produce in celebration of the Market’s first anniversary.”
The Ferry Market opened in 2017 bringing fresh and interesting food choices to the New Hope area to serve both locals and visitors. Located on picturesque Main Street along the Delaware River, the market brings exciting, healthy and flavorful food to the region and to act as a social gathering venue for events. Currently the market features 13 artisanal vendors.
Interested participants should prepare a five-minute story, based on the theme “bridges.” On the night of the event, story tellers must enter their names in the drawing hat no later than 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., the host will randomly pick a name. A total of ten story tellers will be selected to perform on stage. The story teller will be given a score by three groups of judges, selected from the audience, who will be evaluating based on the following criteria: Is the story on theme? Was it five minutes or under? Was there a meaningful conflict and resolution? At the end of the slam, the storyteller with the highest score wins.
The story must incorporate the theme “bridges” but is open to interpretation. For instance, it could be how you get from here to there; an experience with complex dentistry; card game wins and losses, or that encounter with the actors Jeff or Beau. Stories must be told without the aid of written notes, cue cards or writing on the palm of the hand.
For those that might want additional preparation for the slam, Bucks County Education Department is offering a Get Slam Ready – Storytelling Workshop, Saturday, September 29, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (cost $55). Taught by acclaimed storyteller, Michaela Murphy, raconteurs can bring a five-minute story that Michaela will help shape into a compelling tale ready for the October 4th Slam. The workshop is open to ages 18 to adult. For more information on the slam and preparation workshop, visit bcptheater.org/education/wordofmouth or theferrymarket.com.
Storytelling can convey a message or simply entertain. From the early moments of the opening lines, the stakes are set for the audience to follow the storyteller on their journey through moments of tension and intrigue, to the final touching or humorous outcome.
The Bucks County Playhouse Education Program serves children, teens and adults through a wide variety of programs. It aims to achieve artistic excellence in a community-centered environment, in continuation of the Playhouse’s rich history of mentoring young people, contributing to the American theatre canon and fostering relationships between established and emerging artists.
Founded in 1939, Bucks County Playhouse has grown beyond its reputation as one of the Country’s most famous summer theaters to a year-round Equity performing arts center in New Hope, PA. In addition to Main Stage programming, the Playhouse serves more than 1,500 children, teens and adults through a variety of education programs ranging from fully produced Youth Company shows, weekly and monthly master classes, Word of Mouth storytelling performances, and the 50th Annual Student Theater Festival.
ABOUT BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
Bucks County Playhouse is a year-round, nonprofit theatre that has grown to a $6 million producing organization with an annual audience of over 73,000. Founded in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill, Bucks County Playhouse quickly became “the most famous summer theatre in America,” featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Kitty Carlisle, Angela Lansbury, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli and remained in continuous operation until 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened after a multi-million-dollar restoration thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, and Broadway producer Jed Bernstein. This fall, the Playhouse will unveil a 4,000 square foot Delaware-river facing restaurant and bar expansion.
In 2014, Tony Award-winning producers Alexander Fraser and Robyn Goodman took the helm of the Playhouse, and today the Playhouse has reclaimed its reputation of attracting Broadway and Hollywood artists. Its productions of Company starring Justin Guarini, and William Finn’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” were named by Wall Street Journal to its “Best of Theatre” list for 2015. The 2017 season included four world premieres and audiences grew by over 34%. Box office record has been repeatedly broken by signature productions of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “Steel Magnolias” directed by Marsha Mason, and “Million Dollar Quartet”, “42nd Street” and “Guys & Dolls” directed by Hunter Foster. The creative teams who come to create new productions at the Playhouse are among the most talented artists working in the professional theatre today and relish the opportunity to work on the historic stage where Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, and Jessica Walter began their careers.