KOFEST STORY SLAM & BENEFIT PARTY

SOLD OUT! Call Box Office for waiting list information

. (413) 542-3750

Saturday, July 22 at 8pm – one night only!

You’ve heard of poetry slams – competitive poetry events. This is one is for first person, true stories – told live and without notes – just like most of the shows you see on the lineup this season.

Cash Bar & Prizes!

Tickets are $15, which goes to support the Ko Festival of Performance.
Additional donations gratefully accepted.


Stories must be true and told without notes, and under 5 minutes long, and related to our season theme of “TACTICS FOR TRYING TIMES.” It could be a story about you, or a story about someone or something you’ve personally observed, but somehow it must be have that first-person element. Lots of room for lots of kinds of stories.

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 very first 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 the 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 a limited number private storytelling coaching sessions from Ko Festival artists! Call 413.427.6147 to sign-up for one of these slots or for more information. Price for this coaching is a donation to the Ko Festival. Whatever you can afford.

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 wet your whistle we’ll have a cash bar. And prizes!

We’ll be saving a few slots to be given away on the night – but we’re currently accepting pitches for pre-slotting. To be considered for pre-slotting please email info@kofest.com about your story, and give us a little biographical background. Or you can call (413) 427-6147.

You may also wish to hone your story by taking Gerard Stropnicky’s FIRST PERSON: Crafting your Story for Performance Workshop which runs from July 17-22.

Buy Tickets

Show tickets can also be reserved by calling our Box Office after July 3 at (413) 542-3750. Box Office hours are 1pm – 5pm and 1pm – curtain on performance days, but you can leave us a voicemail message at any time. You can also reserve tickets by emailing kofestboxoffice@gmail.com.

With your security in mind, we cannot take credit cards over the phone or by email, thus phone or email reservations are unpaid, you must pick up your tickets at least ½ hour before the performance, otherwise we reserve the right to release your reservation.

Purchased tickets will be held at the box office. No tickets are mailed.

You will receive an itemized invoice via email.