Everyone has a story. What’s yours?
Stories ROC! Invites true, personal stories, on a common theme, to be told or read to a live audience.
Stories ROC! began as a salon experience in a living room located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. After a few shows, it quickly outgrew the space. Producer Leah Ruekberg approached Writers & Books with the possibility of adding live storytelling to its literary offerings, and they saw it as a great opportunity. Leah was no stranger to Writers & Books, as she has been an instructor there for many years, and won the Big Pencil Award for Inspiring the Creation and Appreciation of Literature in Adults in 2012.
“You don’t have to be a published author to tell your story,” Leah urges. On the other hand, StoriesROC! isn’t an open mic. There is an audition process. Leah asks for stories at least a month in advance so a committee of readers can create a evening of quality, variety, and diversity. She works with tellers to shape and edit their pieces, and coaches them on performance techniques.
“It’s like nothing I’ve experienced,” said Mary Ellen after a recent show. “The honesty and rawness were qualities I admire and appreciate.”
Another audience member, Peter, said, “I loved the stories, the readers, the audience, the warmth, the food, the wine. You guys are awesome!”
Each performance will be on a second Saturday of select months. See the Events page for current and past offerings. Future offerings include:
- November 12, 2016: “Coming to America: Stories of Immigration.”
- December 10, 2016: “Holidays: Best, Worst, & Most Memorable.”
Doors open at 6:30 for beverages and good conversation. Stories begin at 7:00.
Location: Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY.
Tickets are $10.
Seating is limited. Call 473-2590, or contact us here to reserve a spot.
Also contact us here if you have a story you would like to share, program ideas, or any other feedback.
Check out our videos of some past story evenings!
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