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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Performing Arts, Theater

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

Programs: Produce monthly storytelling performances that encourages local participation in storytelling and nurtures newly developing performers

produce series of workshops and educational programs to support and develop the local storytelling community

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 uttara Unnayon Songstha

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a doctor. I have an NGO name: - "Uttara Unnayon Songstha", Dighapatia, Natore, Bangladesh. We have been providing free medical care to ensure the future of poor, sick, orphaned, helpless, dying, underprivileged, and old people in the society, with good reputation for 6 years. In Bangladesh, where helpless, poor sick people are conducting free medical care camps.

There is no source of income for this organization, I manage to provide full medical care in my own sense. I want to provide free treatment to the poor, sick, orphan, helpless, dying, underprivileged, and old people in the society. But with sadness it is said that I have no money to help this helpless poor people in my hand.

I am requesting various organizations or individuals, "Uttara Unnayon Songstha", you need help with your help. You will be benefited greatly if you extend your support to a small amount. The poor, sick, orphan, helpless, dying, infant, and inferior paths of children and old people in Chalanbail area of ‚Äč‚ÄčNatore's Singra Upazila.

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Facbook ID: - Uttara Unnayon Songstha
Skype: - faruque.khan98
Phone: - +880 1716 830 527

Bank Address: -
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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

Annie C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Speakeasy because its the chance to see regular people so skillfully telling the most amusing, touching, serious stories about their lives, and in ays that I can often identify with. Its like a conversation with a friend, and yet with the warmth of an audience in live performance!

Roberta M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friends and I love going to Speakeasy DC. The stories are funny and we leave the evening thoroughly creatively nourished. Most of the storytellers do an excellent job of building suspense and sharing some very intimate and poinent experiences in a humorous way. We like the venue too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Entertaining and enlightening! I love everything they do. They are the best!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to the most recent speakeasydc show and all the stories had certain levels of humor, poignancy and pathos. It was enjoyable and very well set up. I'll definitely go again soon.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since moving to the DC area I have been fortunate to attend several Speakeasy events and have had a wonderful time at each one! I really value the opportunity to see young, up-and-coming talent and look forward to sharing a story of my own one day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

In a world of constant electronic connection, Speakeasy brings actual people together to tell and hear personal stories. I guess I started with This American Life, then discovered Porchlight in San Francisco through friends, the Moth in NYC through a guidebook, and Speakeasy through... years ago I heard somehow about the Washington Storyteller's Theater, and they used to have an International Storytelling Festival. I trekked out to the Finnish Embassy where I heard the tale of the Barking Mouse, and that's still one of my favorite stories. I keep hoping I'll meet a cute single guy at one of the events, and maybe someday I will. In the meantime it's a great way to build community and reconnect with live humans having the courage to stand up in front of a crowd and share their stories. Great social event/excuse to get together with people, too, with the option of drinking but not just a boring happy hour where you have to talk. Sometimes it's good just to listen.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great stories and great sense of community created by SpeakeasyDC.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Everytime I go to a SpeakEasy event, I am never disappointed. Great people. Great stories. Great venues. I feel more connected to my community when I attend these events. All of the storytellers are really open and honest and relateable. Great job, guys!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Speakeasy produces wonderful events for the DC community. Each time I attend a storytellers event I am so grateful that such an organization exists.

Review from Guidestar