Second Story Buenos Aires: Stories for Grown-Ups Told Live
Live storytelling in English has a home in Buenos Aires with Second Story. Their first monthly event will be Thursday, Feb 3rd at Juanele (1011 Montevideo). The doors open at 8, stories start at 9, free drinks for those arriving at or before 8:45. The theme for the first event is “stalker.”
The group is actively seeking storytellers for this and subsequent events (held on the first Thursday of every month). Director Kate Sedgwick says, “Things are still loose. We’re holding two workshops this month to give participants a chance to hash out their stories and practice telling them.” The date for the second workshop is still open, but will likely happen before the 20th at Juanele to give participants a chance to check out and work in the space.
While some stories will be scheduled and rehearsed, audience members will also be given the chance to get up and tell their own by filling out cards on the night of the show. “For now,” says Sedgwick, “we want to leave the door open to as many different styles and possibilities as we can. Later things might tighten up as the group defines itself. We’re still in the recruiting phase.”
Sedgwick started Second Story after looking for similar opportunities in the city and finding none. “It was serendipity. I wrote to Rick Powell at Juanele to see if he wanted to tell a story in an event I had no venue for. Claire Sadeghzadeh wrote me back, we met, and Second Story found a home at Juanele. Just like that.” Second Story fits right into Juanele’s vision of being a community space for art and education.
“People have asked if this event is for children. It’s not. So far, we have a story from a former dominatrix, and have received proposals to workshop one about a murder and another that features a pimp and prostitute as characters,” says Sedgwick. “But, I don’t want anyone to think all the stories are going to be twisted and scary. We’re shooting for levity. The plan is to engage the audience.”
The future of the event is in the hands of participants. The theme for the second show is still undecided and will be chosen by vote. Those interested in attending or participating can read more at the Second Story website and join the facebook page.
Tickets will be $10ARG and include a cold soda or beer for those arriving before 8:45. Inexpensive, homemade snacks will also be for sale. Doors open at 8:00 and the storytelling starts at 9:00. “Don’t be too late,” says Sedgwick,”or you could miss out on more than just your beer.”
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