Speakeasy is one of my favorite parts of DC. They're genuinely committed to fostering opportunities for people to tap into and share their own personal stories. Bootcamps, workshops, open mics, special events - whether you want to tell your story or hear other people tell theirs, SpeakeasyDC is made up of kind, supportive people who want to see you succeed. Love them!
I came across SpeakeasyDC 4 years ago and have performed in the their stage many times. SpeakeasyDC gave me the opportunity to craft my stories and perform them and to improve my skills in a safe and contained environment, it provided me with a space that I could not find anywhere else in the DC area. There is nothing like SpeakeasyDC in the whole Washington area. Everytime I invited someone to one of the events where I performed they loved it and everyone always leaves the show in a great mood, and what's best people talk about it later. SpeakeasyDC moreover, reaches out to artists of all types and diversity and gives them an opportunity to express themselves.
The stories are wonderful. I have always been entertained when I have gone to a Speakeasy show. The shows always highlights the best of DC's talent, and Speakeasy represents the true diversity of DC.
Speakeasy is a wonderful organization that brings community together in a meaningful, positive way. Many arts and education programs are directed at youth or senior populations. It's great to have something that draws a range of adults from a cross-section of the city.
I began attending the SpeakeasyDC events when a friend invited me, and I have been hooked since. A supportive community, wonderful heartfelt expressions of highly personnel stories, a venue unlike any other in DC. I have come to truly appreciate the unique space that the SpeakeasyDC team has been able to create.
The Valentine's Day 'Sucker for Love' Speakeasy was part of a day of events my boyfriend planned for Valentine's Day and it was such a fun way to spend the evening! The night was full of hilarious stories ("Jesus kept crawling into bed with us!"), entertaining realizations ("I was the DUFF!"), and even sad times of the storytellers' love lives. The variety made the night run smoothly without a dull moment. I would definitely attend another Speakeasy!
Speakeasy DC is definitely in my top 5 DC cultural activities. Over the past few years, I've brought many friends to their monthly performances and special events and everyone always has a great time while learning to open up and to listen. The stories told are truly genuine, original, and heartfelt. They leave the listener inspired to find and tell his/her own story and to open his/her mind to the experiences of strangers. I rarely miss a Speakeasy event if I can help it and feel that attending truly opens my eyes to understanding the DC community.
Thanks so much for your comments and suggestion! We will definitely try to offer more classes at a range of prices. I love that you'd like to have more storytelling events. We are always brainstorming ways to expand. We'll keep your thoughts in mind about a smaller, more intimate space.
I recently attended the SpeakeasyDC production of "Sucker for Love," and absolutely loved it. The storytellers made the audience laugh, cry, but more importantly, it made everyone think. This was my first SpeakeasyDC event, but definitely won't be my last!
Thanks for much for your comments suggestion. Good idea about the venue. Will definitely give more info in the future. Thanks and glad you enjoyed the show!
Fantastic! I just became aware of SpeakeasyDC this winter and I have fallen in love with it. Their recent "Sucker for Love" show was a classic and I'm looking forward to seeing more of their shows.
So sorry for your suffering. We will do our best to provide better breakfast food.
Every month I look forward to SpeakeasyDC's events! As someone who recently moved to DC, it's given me a great opportunity to connect with people in the area, and hear their stories. I love the livewire stories at the end of each open mic, and wish more people had the courage to tell their stories!
This group doe a tremendous service to the Metro DC area. Not only do they provide tremendous performances based on real life of everyday people. They give classes and workshops to help people in all walks of life learn to tell their own story. In our day of quick everything.. they take the time to help everyday people and professionals look inside themselves and really communicate on a very human level. Our history is our future in many ways and they help us remember it, and communicate it!
Thanks for your comments and suggestions! Yes, we'd like to do more with senior citizens. Will work on that and continue to try to find funding for it as well as senior-friendly venues. I'm happy to say, that we've succeeded finding handicap-accessible spaces for almost all of our events and classes.
I've taken the storytelling 101 class as well as performed at open mic nights. It's a great organization that adds a unique and amazing addition to the DC culture/arts/performance scene.
Thanks for your comments and suggestion. We try to keep costs affordable, but understand that means different things to different people. One way to save on costs is to volunteer. Check out our volunteer opportunities and let us know if you are interested. http://www.speakeasydc.com/support/volunteer/
This was our first experience with SpeakeasyDC and we had a blast. We were invited by friends to attend and it was standing room only. The performers were hilarious. It was a combination of great story telling and stand up comedy. Each performer had honed their skill so it was truly a pleasure to listen and watch the performance. There were no "ums" and "ahs" as all were excellent at the craft of story telling. If they were nervous, it did not show. The theme of Valentines Day for sucker stories ranged from love unspoken to stalker love, to sexy love ("wrong hole, wrong hole") to the most wonderful of all - true love. The venue was great. A little bit of a dive, but thankfully NO smoking. We did not come home reeking which is always a pleasure. We will attend again and look forward to the next show!!
Thanks for your comments and suggestions. For those of you with a similar desire to see shows on weekends -- you're in luck. "Wetbacks, Aliens & Towelheads: Stories from the First Generation" will take place Friday, Feb 26 and Saturday, Feb 27. Also, we will have several weekend performance during the Capital Fringe Festival in July. We'll keep adding more.
Also... yes, we are looking for bigger venues. Feel free to send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would consider weekend matinees if we thought people would come. So, if anyone out there is interested, let us know.
SpeakeasyDC fills my life with art and creativity. I like many other Washington DC residents spend most of my time working and thinking in a linear way. This organization helps you escape to a creative place where you can learn about other peoples lives and share your own. It has been a wonderful experience.
Thanks, Molly. We love you, too.
I'm amazed by all the local talent that come out to tell their stories each month. It was really evident when they had a show featuring guest performers from NYC one time. I was anticipating it to be awesome because they were from NYC and all... but by the end of the evening, I thought the DC crew by far blew them away.
We are always looking for bigger and more comfortable venues. Feel free to send suggestions to email@example.com. Thanks for your comments and suggestion!