Check out Ricko Donovan's True Stories tale, responding to the theme, "House Troubles." Watch now:
Ricko Donovan at True Stories.
True Stories will live again on July 12, check back for location details. The theme is "arrested" and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and on sale here. Get there early to grab a seat and get your name in the fucket bucket for the chance to tell your own story.
The featured teller for July is Megan Fate, the winner of the first-ever True Stories show. In honor of the one-year anniversary, they're reprising the theme from that first night, "arrested." The challenge is to figure out a story in response to that theme. What stopped you in your tracks? Did you maybe live at home a little too long to admit on your OKCupid profile? Or maybe, just maybe, they took you away in cuffs. Whatever it is, now's the time to get it off your chest. Your job is to make people care about your story in the five minutes you're allotted, because you will be judged. Sort of. The audience is always generous. (See this clip if you're dubious.) There will be a "best" story voted for at each show, which may or may not be what ends up in this very column.
For a list of upcoming themes and information on becoming a featured storyteller or volunteer, check out the True Stories website.
True Stories was founded by Lisa L. Kirchner in cooperation with Keep St. Pete Lit, and it's brought to you here by Creative Loafing Tampa. In the episode featured above, Paul Palumbo kept an eye on the clock with a sadly not-alarming-enough acoustic guitar.