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July 28 at 8:00 ONE NIGHT ONLY!


You’ve heard of poetry slams – competitive poetry events. Now, we’ve got one for first person, true stories – told live and without notes. Stories will be 5 minutes or under and somehow relate to our season theme of “COURAGE.” There are many types of courage – physical courage, emotional courage, and moral courage, to name but a few. Stories about the failure of courage are also welcome.

A huge hit for the past two summers and completely sold out last spring, with lines down the block at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton!

There will be some pre-selected ringers, but this might be your opportunity to take your place on the Ko Festival stage alongside KoFest artists & staff. We’ll have a few slots reserved for last minute sign-ups – our 2011 grand prize winner was someone who decided at the last minute to share a hilarious story about her experiences being fitted for a Playboy Bunny costume at the Playboy Club in NYC. If we have too many sign-ups, we’ll audition some first lines of stories – and audience members will get to vote on which ones should be told in their entirety.

Feeling a bit unsure? We’re offering private storytelling coaching sessions from Ko Festival artists! Call 413.427.6147 to sign-up for one of these slots or for more information.

Know a great raconteur – tell them about the event! Everyone should come prepared to listen, but you may want to come prepared to tell! Club style lighting will be by Holly Gettings. And to help you whet your whistle we’ll have a cash bar. And prizes!

All tickets are $15, which goes to support the Ko Festival of Performance. Additional donations gratefully accepted – we need a new video camera!