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Celebrate First Night w/ massmouth

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Celebrate First Night w/ massmouth

Time: December 31, 2013 from 8pm to 10:30pm
Location: Hynes Convention Center
Street: 900 Boylston Street, 207 & 208
City/Town: Boston, MA
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Phone: 617-942-2553
Event Type: first, night, story, slam, storyslam, 2014
Organized By: massmouth
Latest Activity: Dec 28, 2013

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Event Description

Once storytelling events during the Family Festival have ended and the young ones have gone to bed,  massmouth has been invited back to celebrate First Night and say hello to 2014 with two back-to-back story slams:

8:00pm to 9:00pm 


9:30pm to 10:30PM 

at Boston’s biggest party, First Night!

Hynes Convention Center

900 Boylston St Boston, Massachusetts 02115

The theme for stories is any prompt* from Season V story slams. "Stories may contain some explicit sexual content and language."

(*accident, used, teacher, 9 to 5, spirit, fear, magic, risk, we are family, serendipity, feast, risk, celebrate, revelation, holidaze)

Tell your 1 minute story or sit back and listen to some of Boston's best storytellers.

Slam winners from our Greater Boston story slams will perform along with volunteers from the audience with 1 minute stories on any of the season's themes. They can drop their names in the “hat” and a few will be drawn at random to tell in each slam.

Both story slams were standing room only last year so come early to get a seat.

About these story slams

Like a poetry slam, a story slam is a performance based contest where volunteer storytellers bring their best true stories on a theme. Due the transitory nature of 1st Night audience, tonight's slam will not be judged.


  1. No notes, no props, no poetry, no music. Straight up storytelling.
  2. Keep to time limit or be applauded and hugged off stage.  
  3. Connect to theme
  4. 3 minutes with one minute grace period = 4 minutes.
  5. It is a PG-13 family show at 1st Night - tell and use PG-13 language.
About First Night

First Night, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to building community and celebrating diversity through the arts. With 35 years under its belt, the organization has grown into an internationally-renowned festival presenter. 

Listen to our podcasts at iTunes and podcast webpage. And check out our video archive to get an idea about 5 minute stories

COMING SOON: see eventbrite to reserve tix for the semi-finals FINALS of the 
On April 24, 2014, 7-9PM All the finalists will gather at Coolidge Corner,  main Theater to compete for a week in a medeival townhouse in Tuscany and other prizes.
Listen to our podcasts at iTunes and podcast webpage. And check out our video archive

Other massmouth slams once a month, this season:

Mondays: Radio in Somerville Sundays: Doyle's Cafe in JP

Saturdays: Burren - back room in Somerville, Mondays: Club Passim in Cambridge, MA

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Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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