It’s a Minisode! – April 2021

Summary

Want to know about storytelling events are happening in April? Beth’s got a brief Northern New England round up in this inaugural minisode. The focus is our neck of the woods, Northern New England, but in the months ahead we plan to highlight more virtual events and in-person shows outside our region too.

If you have an event you’d like mentioned in May, go to https://www.longstoryshortpod.com/ contact page to send Beth the info.

What Makes a Story? w/ Stephanie Lazenby – Ep. 9

Long Story Short
Long Story Short
What Makes a Story? w/ Stephanie Lazenby - Ep. 9







/

Beth talks to Stephanie Lazenby who wrote, co-directed and starred in the one-woman show, “Where Do I Begin?” about her experiences growing up in the Bronx in the 70s and 80s. It is a nostalgic, music-infused show that explores her relationship with her dad, as well as how music and objects throughout our lives impact memory. The show was performed at the West End Theatre in Portsmouth, NH in January 2021 as part of the New Hampshire Theatre Project’s SoloStage Series.

In this two-part interview, Beth and Stephanie talk about the struggles of being creative during the pandemic, overcoming the inner voices that infuse self-doubt, and take on the question, “What makes a good story?” These interviews were recorded in February 2021.

To connect to Long Story Short and learn more about our upcoming live shows, go to https://www.longstoryshortpod.com/

This episode is sponsored by
· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

What Makes a Story? w/ Stephanie Lazenby – Ep. 9

Summary

Beth talks to Stephanie Lazenby who wrote, co-directed and starred in the one-woman show, “Where Do I Begin?” about her experiences growing up in the Bronx in the 70s and 80s. It is a nostalgic, music-infused show that explores her relationship with her dad, as well as how music and objects throughout our lives impact memory.

The show was performed at the West End Theatre in Portsmouth, NH in January 2021 as part of the New Hampshire Theatre Project’s SoloStage Series.

In this two-part interview, Beth and Stephanie talk about the struggles of being creative during the pandemic, overcoming the inner voices that infuse self-doubt, and take on the question, “What makes a good story?” These interviews were recorded in February 2021.

Live Shows at 3S Artspace

To connect to Long Story Short and learn more about our upcoming live shows, go to https://www.longstoryshortpod.com/

Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

To learn more about Long Story Short and how you can become a storyteller on an upcoming show, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

For tickets to the June 9 live show at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, got to https://www.3sarts.org/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support

In this episode

Check out the intro to this conversation with Stephanie, or listen to the full interview above.

This is a really great episode so I want to get into it as quickly as possible, but for it to make sense you have to get a little bit of backstory. Today we’ve got Stephanie Lazenby, an actress, comedian, storyteller, writer, and just really an all- all around great person to talk to. I asked her to do an interview earlier this year after seeing her one woman show, “Where Do I Begin?” at the West End Theater.

It was really sweet and funny and nostalgic about her life growing up in the Bronx and her relationship with her father. I was just blown away with the writing and the way that the staging was all put together and obviously her performance. So I wanted to talk to her a bit about how this play came together and how it was so closely connected to the live storytelling that I love and we try to do here at Long Story Short. The conversation went great and I was ready to dive in to putting it together and then I get an email from Stephanie that sent me right back to the drawing board in terms of how I was going to frame this episode. So let’s get to my discussion with Stephanie as it started.

And, uh, I want to let you know, at some point, I’m going to jump back in to explain what happened and how we completely reshaped the end, end of this interview. Okay. Here we go. Here’s Stephanie Lazenby.

What Makes a Story? w/ Stephanie Lazenby – Ep. 9

Long Story Short
Long Story Short
What Makes a Story? w/ Stephanie Lazenby - Ep. 9







/

Beth talks to Stephanie Lazenby who wrote, co-directed and starred in the one-woman show, “Where Do I Begin?” about her experiences growing up in the Bronx in the 70s and 80s. It is a nostalgic, music-infused show that explores her relationship with her dad, as well as how music and objects throughout our lives impact memory. The show was performed at the West End Theatre in Portsmouth, NH in January 2021 as part of the New Hampshire Theatre Project’s SoloStage Series.

In this two-part interview, Beth and Stephanie talk about the struggles of being creative during the pandemic, overcoming the inner voices that infuse self-doubt, and take on the question, “What makes a good story?” These interviews were recorded in February 2021.

To connect to Long Story Short and learn more about our upcoming live shows, go to https://www.longstoryshortpod.com/

This episode is sponsored by
· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Fathers and Daughters – Episode 8

Summary

Family relationships are complicated. It’s why so many people bring stories about parents, siblings, children and in-laws to the Long Story Short stage. In this episode, Beth has two stories about the dad-daughter dynamic.

This Episode Features:

Storytellers include Charleen Thorburn telling a touching story that had the audience reaching for the tissues at the March 11, 2020 show, Denial; and Nel Dennett with a hilarious story from the September, 19, 2018 show, What I Thought I Knew.

Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

To learn more about Long Story Short and sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

For tickets to upcoming live shows at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, go to https://www.3sarts.org/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support

In this episode

Read a bit of the transcript or check out the full episode and stories above.

This week, we’re going to talk about fathers and daughters. Personally speaking, I’ve been lucky to have a great relationship with my dad. He’s not just a good guy and a good father, but he’s given me a lot of great advice over the years. He instilled confidence when I hadn’t, I had zero confidence in myself.

And he gave me an invaluable gift that has brought me here today: an appreciation for a well-told story. But I know not everyone has had the same kind of relationship with their dad. For some, it’s a relationship of fearful respect. For others, it’s mistrust. Or their relationship might be tinge by loss because for a lot of people I know at this point in my life, their dad is no longer with us.

For this episode, I have two stories from daughters talking about their fathers for better or worse. This first one is from Charlene Thorburn. She is a physician assistant whose stories are some of the series’ most memorable. Charlene is vibrant and funny and so honest. Uh, I just don’t see how you’re not going to love her and her story.

The Business of Storytelling – Episode 7

Summary

What makes a story resonate? How can you get a message to break through? On this episode, Beth talks to marketing pro Mike Teixeira, co-founder of Crackle PR and founder of DECK presentations. They talk about story structure, developing plot and the hero’s journey, as well as what storytelling for business really means and what companies need to do to make it work.

Beth also discussed the themes for the 2021 Long Story Short live shows at 3S Artspace. The first show, It’s All Relative, will be on Wednesday, April 14. This live streamed show will include some audience involvement, a hallmark of the Long Story Short live shows for the past five years. 

Portsmouth Live Storytelling Information

How do you get involved in a show? How do you get tickets? Here’s all you need to know.

For tickets to upcoming live shows, go to https://www.3sarts.org/

To learn more about Long Story Short and how to become a storyteller on future shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

For tickets to upcoming live shows at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, go to https://www.3sarts.org/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support

In this episode

Mike Teixeira provides lots of good advice in this episode on storytelling including reference to Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth.” Check out part of his interview below or get the entire interview above.

When I decided to do these interviews on the show, one of the first people that came to mind was my guest for today, Mike Teixeira. A few years ago, , the two of us hosted a storytelling workshop together and Mike was really great. He took a portion of the presentation and talked a lot about story structure and arc, building tension that got the listener or the reader from point A to point Z.

And I also really wanted to talk to Mike because of his experience in storytelling for business. Mike built his career in marketing and as the co-founder of Crackle PR and the founder of DEC Presentations. Storytelling has become such a buzz word in marketing and business right now that I think it’s lost a bit of its meaning.

And for so many of the people who normally listen to the show or have gone to the live shows, hearing about storytelling in business is not why you came here. So allow me to take a moment and convince you to stick around.

You keep mentioning the hero’s journey? If I, uh, done my homework correctly, that’s a Joseph Campbell and, ,

One of my favorite books in college was “The Power of Myth” where he spoke to Bill Moyers and it was a cool interview book and it was one of those books that just blows your mind when you’re in college and ideas are exciting and fresh.

And I remember them discussing how there’s universal themes to stories that just keep getting reused and reused since we sat around the fires in the front of caves. And one of those themes that are universal is the hero’s journey. The idea that. , a person starts pretty normal lives. All of a sudden everything changes.

They go through adversity and they end up, , you know, transformed I here. And, and it’s, it’s something that I’ve kept in mind a lot through marketing. And Aaron’s trying to tell stories in different format. But I got really excited when I found out that one of the writers that Pixar, , the gentleman by the name of Ken Adams, I think he’s a, he’s an improv, , artists and a writer.

He wanted to kind of dissect the hero’s journey in a, , in a formula friendly kind of way. So he created a very cool structure that they call them Pixar prongs. And that got me excited because I think one of the biggest hurdles. When your average person has to do a presentation or a public speaking event is we want to denigrate ourselves.

We want to say, Oh, I’m not a hero. You know, nothing I do. Is that exciting? What are people going to want to come and listen to me for? What, what kind of things can I tell them? , that are going to excite them. And so if you start talking to them about a hero’s journey, I think that creates even a bigger verbal.

So when I found this Pixar formula, I was like, wow, this is great because it’s so attainable. It’s just the series of blanks and it’s, like a fill in the blank and it’s just, it’s so common down to earth.

Uh-Oh with Paul Doncaster – Episode 6

Summary

For this episode, Beth does something a little different. She interviews storyteller and author Paul Doncaster about his approach to crafting a story. Paul has been featured in a number of storytelling shows throughout the Northeast, and on this episode, he tells another story about a time he thought he was doing something right but he was oh-so wrong. 

This story was recorded on February 4 and is part of a new, ongoing series of interviews Beth is conducting on different approaches to storytelling.

Learn More About the Show

For more information about the Long Story Short series and the live shows for 2021, go to http://www.longstoryshortpod.com. 

Follow us on Instagram: @longstoryshort3s 

Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LSSat3S 

Join our email list: http://www.longstoryshortpod.com/contact

Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

To learn more about Long Story Short and how to become a storyteller on future shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

For tickets to upcoming live shows at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, go to https://www.3sarts.org/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support

In this episode

You can read the beginning of Beth’s interview with Paul, or listen to the full interview above.

Today, I’ve got Paul Doncaster. He’s a proud father of two outstanding young women and one blue tick beagle. He’s also a published author and has been telling stories on the stage since 2016. Some of the places you may have seen him locally are on True Tales Live and on the Long Story Short live show, this September- past September, . He’s also done three moth grand slams and was featured in season one of the PBS storytelling series stories from the stage.

We’re going to talk a little bit today, with Paul about live storytelling and the process of putting a story together and then he’s going to tell a story for us.

All right, let’s get to it. Please welcome Paul Doncaster. Hi, Paul, how are you doing?

Hey, Beth. How are you?

Good. So I was thinking we could start off, just kind of giving us a little bit of background on how you got into storytelling and what sort of made you want to get up on the stage?

Well, like a lot of people I, I started, um, I started storytelling, born out of chaos, personal chaos in life. I have a younger sister who was very active in the local Boston storytelling scene, uh, years ago and I remember going to one of her performances and thinking to myself, “I can do that.”

Better Left Unsaid – Episode 5

Summary

Everyone can think of a time they were told something they wish they could unhear. This episode explores the concept of unwanted information with two stories that offer big surprises at the end. From confessions to invitations, these are two stories Beth selected because they stuck with her long after the show.

This Episode’s Guests

Lovey Roundtree Oliff is the host of The pod Caste System with Lovey, a highly-rated show about the intersection of culture, pop culture and race. Listen to The pod Caste System here.

Michael Boulerice is the author of The Adventures of Kung Fu Mike and the Magic Sunglasses: A Confession by Michael Boulerice, which can be found on Amazon.

For more information about Long Story Short or to inquire about being a guest of the podcast or a live show featured storyteller, go to longstoryshortpod.com. 

To stay connected and to get updates about up coming live shows, follow us on Instagram @longstoryshort3s or on Facebook.

Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

To learn more about Long Story Short and sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

For tickets to upcoming live shows at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, go to https://www.3sarts.org/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support

In this episode

Read the beginning of this episode or get the full stories by listening above.

For this episode, we’re going to talk a little bit about, um, the idea of things better left unsaid. We can all relate to hearing something that we just did not want to know, like good old TMI. It’s stuff that you can’t unhear, but for some reason they feel compelled to tell it.

There’s another kind that I call the sinister invitation, where for example, you’re having a chat with your boss and it’s pretty friendly and then it segues into what he’s doing this weekend, and then before you know it, he’s inviting you to his swinger party. You know, it’s not so much the words that they’re saying that need to be left unsaid, but it’s more of what it reveals about them.

How one minute you believe that you’re talking to one person and then a simple phrase and a small action can completely transform how you see them forever. But the one better left unsaid that I think is most powerful, or I should say most misunderstood, is the confession. Our culture so praises the act of confession and sees it as honorable and vital to building our character and who we are and protecting our own sanity.

The truth shall set you free, right? But what I think gets too often overlooked is how the confession isn’t getting rid of a burden. It’s shifting a burden onto another person. And when you’re the one hearing the confession, you’re the one who has to bear it and process it and figure out what it all means.

 

Holidaze – Episode 4

Summary

It’s that time of year! We bring you two holiday stories–one winter one summer–to get you in the spirit. We have stories from Amy Jane Larkin and Austin Sorrette about what happens when friends and family gather together, and Beth talks about what she misses most about getting together for the live shows.

As part of the season, please consider giving to those in need, whether it’s to feed the body or the spirit.

Support New Hampshire Non-Profits

3S Artspace: https://www.3sarts.org/support

Footprints Food Pantry: https://www.footprintsfoodpantry.org/

Cross Roads House: https://www.crossroadshouse.org/

Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

To learn more about Long Story Short and sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

For tickets to upcoming live shows at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, go to https://www.3sarts.org/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support

In this episode

Read the beginning of Austin Sorrette and Amy Jane Larkin’s stories or listen to the entire episode above.

Austin Sorrette

This essay is called “Welcome to the Family.” Smith and I had met in August in 2016 and throughout the month we went from being perfect strangers to absolutely inseparable. We talked about everything together: writing, music, art, love, travel, family. At the end of the month, I was leaving to vacation in Denver with my friends for a week.

The day I was supposed to leave, Sam drove me to the airport so I could catch my flight. And right before she, right before I left, she said, “Don’t forget about me.” “How could I forget you?” I said, “You still owe me for dinner last night.” At the time, I only allowed Samantha to see the polite, dad jokes side of my humor.

Usually my humor is as black and blue as a corpse in a cookie monster costume. She mentioned before I left that during Labor Day weekend, she would be up with her family at her Uncle Bob’s house in Drake’s Island, a small beach town on the coast of York, Maine. She said I was welcome to come up and meet her parents the night I fly back. And I said, yes, without a second thought.

Amy Jane Larkin

I have two quick anecdotes, that I think really quickly illustrate the big business of holidays in my family. When I was 18 months old, my grandmother spent a hundred dollars on a set of pajamas for me to wear for the first hour of her New Year’s party, just to greet guests.

And the second, when I was about five, I woke up on Easter morning uh, and found what I thought to be a monster floating in our bathtub and turned out to be just a really big ham that needed the space for soaking. Um, that ham was to feed maybe 10 people. Uh, my family is small on my mom’s side and that’s who we spent, uh, pretty much every holiday with, um, my mom and I lived with my grandparents most of the time, uh, my aunt and my cousin some of the time and eventually my mom’s second husband, uh, who became my dad. Uh, and that side of my family is huge. Uh, but that’s a story for another time. This story is mostly about what it was like to grow up with my mom’s parents. Uh, my Grammy and Grampy Eva and Sam.

Pink Pumpkin – Episode 3

Summary

One of the unique things about the Long Story Short live show is the Pink Pumpkin. During each show a volunteer from the audience is selected to come up on stage and tell a story based on that night’s theme to open the second half. Not even the host knows what’s going to happen! This episode features two stories told by Pink Pumpkin volunteers. One about a series of events launched from a wrong numbers and another about the memories we create as kids around the adults in our lives.

Portsmouth Storytelling Opportunities

To learn more about Long Story Short to become a storyteller, or sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

For tickets to upcoming live shows at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, go to https://www.3sarts.org/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beth-lamontagne-hall/support