Speakeasydc

Rating: 4.9 stars   214 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1525 Newton St, NW Washington DC 20010 USA

Mission: Through the art of autobiographical story performance, SpeakeasyDC (formerly Washington Storytellers Theatre) gives voice to the authentic experience of ordinary people, provides a creative outlet, builds community, and promotes cross-cultural understanding. We have a three-part mission: to produce high quality storytelling performances; provide extensive training and performance opportunities; and preserve the oral tradition, while experimenting with new definitions and expressions that speak to and enrich contemporary life.
Geographic areas served: DC, MD, VA
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I have attended about 20-25 SpeakeasyDC shows over the past 4 years. For 2 hours of solid entertainment, the $10 price of a ticket can't be beat anywhere in the DC area. The stories are always highly entertaining, often thought provoking, and have helped me to appreciate the perspectives of people that come from very different backgrounds that are substantially different from mine. I have never participated in their storytelling lessons (which they call "boot camp" or something like that), however, a couple of my friends have, and I have been very impressed with the results, as have they. Although I haven't necessarly liked literally every single story I've ever heard at SpeakeasyDC shows, I can honestly say that I have never seen anyone on stage who had not clearly put a great deal of time and effort into crafting and polishing their story.

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The performances are always highly entertaining, often thought provoking, and have helped me to appreciate the perspectives of people that come from very different backgrounds that are substantially different from mine.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The one and only change I would make is that I would probably try to keep the stories "PG-13," with the possible exception of specific performances where it would be made clear that this was not the intent. In fairness to the organization, their events are for ages 21+, and I have immensely enjoyed the vast majority of the shows that I have attended; however, on occasion a few of the stories at a couple of the shows have been gratuitously raunchy.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I love SpeakeasyDC! I go there with friends all the time and I bring my out of town friends there too whenever they visit and it's always a hit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The joy of a finding a community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More venues! More stories!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Storytelling is the heart of the communicative power of art. To do this well requires organizations like Speakeasy DC. Speakeasy DC garners appreciation in the oral tradition and human experience. It provides an avenue to learn the craft of narrative.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having a better understanding of creative oratory and narrative work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more shows

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the Valentine's Day show with my girlfriend and I was thoroughly entertained. I didn't know exactly what to expect since it was a surprise but I found the stories to be very engaging, sometimes invoking poignant regret and lots of reflection. I could identify myself as a person who vacillates between 'logic, luck, and love' throughout my 33 years. The show also provided a great conversation starter. Bravo to the cast. They were great!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Because I attended one of their shows and plan to do so again.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I would recommend Speakeasy DC for a great night out or to anyone who has ever wondered how to tell a story. I was introduced to the monthly format a couple of years ago when it was at the old location. Every show is well organized and professionally produced. I was inspired to take their storytelling bootcamp as well. What a rewarding experience!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the storytelling bootcamp

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NONE!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to my first SpeakEasy event and heard absolutely fantastic stories about totally normal life events. I laughed. I cried. I wanted to be on stage. So I participating in their storytelling 101 boot camp--it was fantastic. To help people tell their stories and cut through the crap to bring out a narrative amidst the mundane is so valuable.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Becoming a better storyteller.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger! They should be working with every public school in Washington DC.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

had heard lots about speakeasy and whenever i tried to attend, they were sold out! finally got in and was amazed at the quality of material and organization of the show. met the director amy, who is just amazing. she was searching for bigger venues to accomodate the ever growing audiences and she found the perfect venue. i tell all my friends to go to each speakeasy and love to repeat the stories i heard. amy is super organized and has the speakeasy group appearing in every possible venue (aka fringefest), constantly bringing more lovers of speakeasy into the fold. she has top notch staff to keep the on-line stories and info up to date, video folks, volenteers, especially performers, teachers,you name it~all fabulous and totally top notch. i am happy to be a donor and supporter of this most orginal group. truely a gem in washington dc where the usual entertainment fare can be so hoo-humm. i am also amazed at how each show crosses all socio-ecomonic, racial, age...all demographics are represented and there are so few places where that happens in such a wonderfully creative yet organized way~LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SPEAKEASY!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

repeated wonderful shows, i don't think i have missed one in 2 years...even in the snow!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more funding, i know they are working the hell out of their dedicated volenteers

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

SpeakeasyDC rocks! I attended one of their performances on Valentine's day, which was thoroughly entertaining, drop-dead funny, and quite inexpensive. Great organization: I would recommend them to anyone!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the art form.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage them to keep up the great work!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Speakeasy DC, to the best of my knowledge has never done anything about homelessness, poverty, disease, or substance abuse. In fact*, they may actually encourage alcoholism, because its so much fun to drink at their shows. They have not furthered humankind's understanding of the universe, supported scientific discovery or even enven encouraged a child to participate in the science fair. In fact*, they told him it was for nerds. Yet, this is my favorite non-profit in DC. I can't really justify all the money that I think you should give them, so check out a show and see for yourself.
* - not a fact.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I originally thought Speakeasy DC was one of those "secret" bars in DC. I kept saying the password loudly, but no one cared. The show was really good, though.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maybe fix the latch on the stall in the men's room.

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

I attended a SpeakEasyDC performance last summer during the 2010 Fringe Festival. The stories were wonderful and well told, and served as a reminder that we all have amazing things to share. In this age of "soundbites" and speedy communication, it is also gratifying to know that the ancient art of storytelling is still alive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fringe Festival 2010

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have no first-hand experience. But I love the concept.

 
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