the living art of storytelling in Massachusetts


Co-Hosts: Tony Toledo, loose cannon and emcee extraordinaire and the lovely Doria Hughes, storyteller fabulosa (left). 

FEATURE: Norah Dooley will tell stories from Boccaccio's 14th century collection of tales, The Decameron. Norah has chosen tales that range from naughty to lusty, and include romantic tales that come from ancient story traditions of India and the bards of the Holy Roman Empire.

Susan Miron will accompany on the harp drawing on various ancient folk melodies and dances from Southern Italy. The music comes from authentic folk songs of Campagnia, Calabria, Puglia & Napoli as transcribed by John LaBarbera, mandolinist.

Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian author and poet, a friend, student, and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist and the author of the Decameron. Boccaccio is particularly noted for his natural and witty  dialogue and his sympathetic female characters.

Additional prizes include a $25 dollar gift certificate from Brookline BookSmith,  passes to story slams + mugs and T-shirts maybe added.

Wine and beer are available. Complimentary chocolates on Valentines Day. Tickets will be $10 online and $12 at the door

Puppet Showplace Theatre is an award-winning non-profit performing arts organization  32 Station Street  Brookline, MA 02445


We will pick 5 tellers for each night and leave two slots for sign-up and random choice from “the hat”.  

Pre-selected tellers get in free and must arrive by 6:30pm to claim slot

This program challenges tellers of traditional stories with the following guidelines:

- tell a story no longer than a 7:59 minutes

- the story must be fiction and

- from any folk or world tradition

- the story may NOT be a literary work,

must be the teller’s own version, in their own words, of a folk tale [random examples: Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, Foolish Hans, Anansi tales, Giufa, etc.] and

- all  story genres are permitted:   (parable, myth, legend, fable, tall tale etc.)

tellers may use poetry, props, costumes, music BUT no notes

We have secured the prizes and the audience will choose winners


Want to make sure you have a spot at the slam?  Start by recording your story here

and if selected you also will have

free admission


1st and 2nd place winners will advance to the finals date and venue TBA • Grand Prize TBA

winners may perform again if there is room but cannot win twice.

Click on links in red below to listen at a new page. These were for "feast and famine"

Example one: Stone Soup ( note, this story would NOT be eligible because it is read  & I am not the author of this version ) it is on theme and a folk tale.

Example two: Old Horse and the Bell of Justice ( this is my version of this very old Italian folktale so this would be eligible because it is on theme and a folk tale.)


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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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