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April 11, 2013

'Everybody has a story'

Storytellers talk family at Newburyport Slam on Sunday

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Audience members interested in telling a story on the night’s set theme — family — can enter their names in a hat. Ten storytellers will be selected throughout the evening to tell a 5-minute real life story in the first person, without the use of props or notes. Of course, not everyone has to tell a story to participate — audience members can choose just to observe.

All of the storytellers will be filmed and the clips will be put up on YouTube. The winners will receive prizes.

Goldfarb, who already has a second slam lined up for May 19 at The Grog, said she chooses a theme for each session that storytellers can take in different directions.

“It has to be broad enough that it doesn’t dictate the tenor of the story,” she added. “‘Family’ can go either way.”

For Goldfarb, story slams offer an opportunity to connect with others in “a very authentic way.”

“It’s not scripted,” she said. “You leave feeling good, you leave feeling connected. That’s my goal. That’s why I want to do this.”

IF YOU GO What: Newburyport Story Slam When: Sunday, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) Where: The Grog, 13 Middle St., Newburyport How: $10 at the door. All proceeds will go to StoriesLive, a nonprofit organization that brings storytelling to high schools across the state.

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