Now in its 8th season, the storytelling of True Theatre has found a new home in the renovated Memorial Hall. Co-founder David Levy tells Rick Pender about the growth of the organization and previews the January 22 event, trueSong.
Founded in 2003, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps has given more than 100,000 Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered.
With the election around the corner, political discourse has been widespread and often divisive. But since January, the Cincinnati nonprofit BeSpoken Live has been holding monthly storytelling events to encourage positive communication.
Using monthly live storytelling events, short documentary videos and community engagement work, Cincy Stories hopes to build and strengthen listening, understanding and empathy within our communities. Thanks to a grant from the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, the organization is launching a new Street Stories website and opening a Story Gallery where visitors can watch the stories of others, and share tell their own stories.
Most Cincinnatians are familiar with the historic Findlay Market. Located in bustling Over-the-Rhine, it's Ohio's oldest continually-run public market. The farmers market, vendor stands and independently-owned shops bring shoppers together throughout the seasons and create lasting memories.
In mid-September, Cincinnati writer Doug Spak hopped on a Greyhound bus with a plan to travel cross-country, see America, re-connect with old friends, and make new ones along the way, covering 10,000 miles, all by bus.
True Theatre, much like The Moth, features everyday people writing and performing their own monologues based on that show’s theme and their life experiences. Founders Dave Levy and Jeff Groh join our Rick Pender in the studio to talk about the next True Theatre event, True Crime, happening July 29 at the Know Theatre in OTR.