Storytelling is one of the most basic essentials of humanity. It is both for the storyteller and the listener. We both learn. We both grow.
Last night I attended a sold-out show for The Moth Radio Hour at The Schnitzer. This is such a great venue and reminds me of my father Wally Jones.
The show was incredible. It was such a basic format for a performance: simply storytelling, but so powerful. The themes were both predictably diverse in their breadth of human experience and highly representative of the times we live in. Five stories had the theme of a twist of fate in common, but included stories about our own role in justice, the fragility of life, the experience of transgendered transformations, living an authentic life, and realizing the power of our own voice. Though each story was too complex and rich to allow any summary to suffice.
Tonight there is a great event that I wish we could attend: StorySLAM, an opportunity to share your story locally. You have the opportunity to share your story, in up to five minutes, about a particular topic. Tonight the theme is Joy, and an upcoming theme is Commitment. If you are looking for something to do tonight in Portland, OR I would recommend it.
I also love that The Moth has a hotline where you can call to share your story at any time. It is making me think more of the need and desire to share my story further.
Thanks to Literary Arts for bringing us this great show. Thanks to Sequoia for organizing!