Photo Note: A recent “All Y’all” live storytelling event, photographed by Jim Noetzel.
Editor’s Note: Chris Jay, author of this blog post and an editor at 20×49.com, is a co-organizer of the All Y’all live storytelling events.
All Y’all, a Shreveport-based podcast and live storytelling event, will host its third evening of live storytelling, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana. This event will feature a program of true stories – told live, without notes, by the people who lived them – on the theme of “Under the Influence.” Admission is $10 and 100% of all proceeds will be donated to the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana. Tickets are now on-sale through the All Y’all website, which also has loads more info on the event. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, as previous installments of All Y’all have sold out in advance.
Inspired by national live storytelling broadcasts like The Moth as well as independent radio programs like This American Life and Snap Judgment, All Y’all was created to provide a storytelling platform for locals in Shreveport-Bossier and throughout Louisiana.
“All Y’all: Under the Influence” will explore issues surrounding drug and alcohol use and addiction, as well as other topics like romantic obsession, the pursuit of money, and other influences both harmful or helpful. The night will include a surprise musical performance as well as live beat-making by Highland-based hip-hop artist Nathan Treme. Some stories may contain strong language or address adult subject matter.
As one of the organizers of All Y’all, I am proud to say that these storytelling nights are unlike anything else I’ve ever attended. The courage of the storytellers is only equaled by the compassionate curiosity of the audience. Just like the folks who tell them, the stories are always powerful and inspiring – and no two are the same.