In honor of Women’s History month (and the ‘luckiest’ month), we showed up for another round of everyone’s fave storytelling event. Folks filed into Wildfang West once again to celebrate womxn and their incredible stories. The theme was FEELIN’ LUCKY, and I gotta say– the crowd was definitely feelin’ it!
Our speakers brought their hearts and a-game to the mini stage. We heard stories of dumb luck, strange encounters, a blessing, and quite the opposite. Take a listen below to hear their tales.
***CONTENT WARNING– THE 5TH STORY, TITLED ‘FINDING A REASON’, INVOLVES SEXUAL ASSAULT & SELF HARM
1. KISHA JARRETT: “HOW LUCKY”
Kisha Jarrett is a writer, director, actor, storyteller, and baker; (although she has been a writer since she was a wee tot.) She has won several Moth StorySLAMS and was the winner of the Portland GrandSLAM last November. In 2014, her short film SCOUT debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in the 30 Filmmakers to Watch under 35.
Kisha shares about a very confusing ‘compliment’ she recently received.
2. KATIE NGUYEN: “BETTY LA ENFERMERA”
Katie Nguyen writes and performs stand-up, improv, sketch, and much more. She has performed on comedy festivals across the country and runs a weekly show in Portland on Thursdays called Earthquake Hurricane.
Katie recounts an evening from her last year working at summer camp, when the hypochondriac camp nurse becomes a real pain in her side….
3. MERON MEDHANIE: “LUCK LIVES BENEATH THE SURFACE”
Meron (meh-row-own – two syllables) is a writer, strategist, empathy, and creative manager. She LOVES people — at 5 years old she used to go around asking little kids at the playground if they were her friend.
Meron shares about facing herself, learning about who she is, and being lucky for the struggle in that journey.
4. JENNIFER LANIER: “WHAT’S IN A NAME? EVERTHING.”
Jennifer Lanier is a classically trained actor who was saved from a life of playing Madea’s funny lesbian neighbor by improvisation and stand up comedy. She spent several years doing children’s theatre full time as a rabbit specialist and enjoys theatrical gender-flipping.
Jennifer shares a personal story of how two little boys made a very sad day the beginning of a family.
5. CLAIRE ALDRIDGE: “FINDING A REASON”
Born and raised in Portland, Claire is an actor, dancer, and creator, who adores their day job of teaching young children the art of storytelling. Currently, Claire is practicing bring art and vulnerability into their daily life through spoken word and the Red Balloon Theatre Collective all while balancing a mentorship with Third Rail Repertory.
This story is about the day Claire stopped believing that “everything happens for a reason”, and how over the year that followed, a reason made itself known.
— stay tuned for more Free Speech in APRIL where we shake things up– we will hear stories on the theme SILVER LINING from all non-binary, gender fluid, or male identifying storytellers!