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Listen to This

Boston Globe Sunday Magazine (Boston, MA) , April 11, 2010

Summary:

Through massmouth.com, professional storyteller Andrea Lovett, 54, of Abington, is encouraging folks to tell tales. Through a series of local story slams, Lovett and massmouth cofounder Norah Dooley have invited the public to tell stories alongside experienced pros.

Lovett explains, "We were looking for a way to reinvigorate storytelling and find new audiences. Story slams seem to appeal to a younger generation. They get it. What they bring is a whole new energy. Everybody can tell a story. This is a chance to get up there and try it out. They’re not rehearsed, they are not really polished, but they are real, and so appealing."

She continues, "storytelling is different from other forms of entertainment. Even if the electricity goes out, we still have our words. Even in the recession, especially now, this is great theater with little cost, and you can be transported to Pamplona with the running of the bulls or the back stoop of an apartment in Queens. If the story is good, you can go anywhere."

The story slams lead up to The Big MouthOff at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square April 20.

Subjects Covered: personal storytelling


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