“A Winter’s Tale,” a spoken-word series of true, first-person stories told before a live audience, returns to The Red Door Lounge and Martini Bar, 107 State St., Portsmouth on Sunday, March 16.
The night features a variety of short, unscripted true-life tales told onstage by local personalities. Each storyteller will take a turn before the crowd, relying only on memory to share a 10-minute true story from their own lives.
Admission is $10, all to benefit Seacoast Local’s (H)EAT campaign, providing heating and food assistance to local people in need. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/576831. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door the evening of the event, if space allows.
Doors open at 6:00. Seating is limited; first come, first served. A Winter’s Tale is sponsored by The Wire.
About “A Winter’s Tale”
A Winter’s Tale debuted in January 2010, reinventing a tradition as old as humanity for tellers and listeners of the 21st century. It’s the Seacoast’s contribution to a nationwide storytelling revival. Producers Steve Johnson and Michelle Moon love the idea that a storytelling event in the quiet winter months can bring the community together.
“People remember the stories long after the run is over, there’s a collective memory of shared experience that’s truly heartwarming.”
Attendees agree, often filling shows to capacity. “I look forward to this every winter,” says listener Barbara Benn. “There’s something magical about closing that red door behind me, leaving the dark and cold outside, and climbing the stairs to join an eager crowd of listeners. The stories can be funny or poignant, or sometimes a little odd, but they are all interesting.”
The sophisticated but laid-back atmosphere of The Red Door’s “urban lounge” sets the mood for the event Proprietor. Cresta Smith is enthusiastic about welcoming the series back. Calling the series “fantastic drama in 10-minute doses.”