A New Venue and a New Workshop

Better Said Than Done founder Jessica Robinson is excited to be leading a new six week storytelling workshop at a new venue in Vienna, VA starting September 21st. The Insight Shop is a great location for learning mindfulness, creativity and other self-care disciplines. “Telling the story of your life” is a perfect fit. I hope you’ll join me for this mindful, creative, self-care storytelling workshop.

Read more about the class here:  Insight Shop Class

Register here.

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Bloodsuckers

Another hot July night of storytelling. In “Bite Me: stories of bugs, blood and anger” the storytellers let off some steam and made the audience itch with excitement. BN Heard took on the task of keeping all the hot heads in line hosting another great night out at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA.

Here are some hot pics of some cool storytellers.

Davine Ker

Justin Werfel

Catherine Calvin

Miriam Nadel

Sandra Hull

Dustin Fisher

Jennifer Greene

Joff Infante

Special thanks to BN for hosting, David Supley Foxworth for handling photos and videos, Mary Supley Foxworth for working it at the door, all the amazing storytellers for sharing their true tales, and The Auld Shebeen for putting up with us every month!

As always, Better Said Than Done storytelling is true, personal and truly entertaining.

Join us for our next show at The Auld Shebeen, “Vacation: stories of family, fun and disaster” August 26th.

Details on that and other Northern Virginia storytelling shows here.

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Bite Me!

On July 29th, 2017 join host BN Heard at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA for “Bite Me: true, personal stories about bugs, blood and anger.”

Bite Me: stories of bugs, blood and anger
July 29, 2017
The Auld Shebeen
3971 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030
6:00PM Doors Open
7:00PM Show
$15 Entry Fee at Door (Cash Preferred) or Purchase
$12 Advance Entry Here




Full bar and food menu available. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Storytellers include Catherine Calvin, Dustin Fisher, Jennifer Greene, Sandra Hull, Joff Infante, Davine Ker, Miriam Nadel and the newest addition to the Better Said Than Done family Justin Werfel.

If you can’t make it to this spoken word storytelling show, check out our upcoming storytelling shows here.

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No Pain, No Gain

Better Said Than Done’s June storytelling show at The Auld Shebeen, in Fairfax, VA, “Labor Pains” featured true, personal stories about bosses and babies.
We videotape our shows at The Auld Shebeen. We don’t share all the videos, and watching a video is not the same as sitting in an audience, but still, we like to give you the opportunity to relive your favorite stories over and over. If you really like one, you could watch it 4 times a day like a 4 year old watching Moana (or a 40 year old, if I’m being honest). Then you could walk around quoting Nick Baskerville or Aimee Snow instead of the Rock. How fun would that be? Give it a try. Start with the videos of our storytellers from June (below) and then work your way back!

Richard Barr‘s story about working it!

Allison Stevens‘ story of suspicion and poop!

Joe Roles‘ story of pharmaceuticals for women.

First time storyteller Aimee Snow‘s story about patience as a patient.

Catherine Calvin‘s battle with a bad boss.

Nick Baskerville‘s story of a pick-up truck vs. a baby.

Brandy Walker‘s home birth experience.

Robert Lovejoy‘s adult education.

True, personal storytelling is what Better Said Than Done is all about. We are ever grateful to the storytellers for getting personal and being true. And the audience for listening, laughing and sometimes even learning.

Join Better Said Than Done at The Auld Shebeen again for our next spoken word storytelling show “Bite Me” on July 29, 2017. Advance discount tickets and more information at www.bettersaidthandone.com/storytelling-shows/

Join storyteller Ellouise Schoettler in August for “Arlington Cemetery: My Forever Home” at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA. Click here for details about our remaining Summer Spotlight Series shows.

And we return to Reston for Storytelling at the Lake on August 9th. Information on all of our upcoming storytelling shows here.

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Labor Pain Stories

Better Said Than Done’s June storytelling show was all about bosses and babies. “Labor Pains” featured true, personal stories about work.

Jessica Robinson hosted the storytelling show at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA – our usual last Saturday of the month venue.

 

Richard Barr started the evening with a story about some twists and turns in his career.

Allison Stevens was the lead suspect in a infamous crime at her place of employment.

Joe Roles described a time when he worked for big Pharma and discovered their moral compass was about where you’d imagine it to be.

First time storyteller Aimee Snow waited impatiently to find out if she was or was not pregnant.

Catherine Calvin put a rather unfortunate boss in his place.

Nick Baskerville shared our stage for the first time with a story about how his wife and he decided whether or not to have more kids.

Brandy Walker shared the intimate details of her home birth experience.

Robert Lovejoy gave us insight into what college professors really know.

All in all, the storytellers’ labor paid off with some great stories for a great audience.

Join Better Said Than Done at The Auld Shebeen again on July 29, 2017 for “Bite Me.” Advance discount tickets and more information at www.bettersaidthandone.com/storytelling-shows/

Join storyteller Ellouise Schoettler in August for “Arlington Cemetery: My Forever Home” at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA. Click here for details about our remaining Summer Spotlight Series shows.

And we return to Reston for Storytelling at the Lake on August 9th. Information on all of our upcoming storytelling shows here.

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Memorial Stories

May’s Better Said Than Done storytelling show fell on Memorial Day weekend and so we paid tribute to our soldiers and memorialized our families with our true, personal stories at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA.

Jack Scheer hosted “Memorial: stories of soldiers, service and saying goodbye.”

Mel Pine started the spoken word storytelling show off with a story about his brother-in-law. Watch Mel’s video.

Davine Ker’s story was about saying goodbye. Watch her video.

Veteran storyteller Richard Barr talked about his time serving in the military. Watch his Army story here.

First time Better Said Than Done storyteller Erin Benbenneck shared a story about volunteering for the USO. Watch here. 

Jack Scheer shared a mini story about saying goodbye to a marriage. Watch Jack Scheer’s story. 

Another veteran, Jack Pelar, told a true tale of his time in the Navy. Watch here. 

Better Said Than Done founder Jessica Piscitelli Robinson memorialized her father in this spoken word tribute. The spoken words, in this case, involve a lot of swear words. Consider yourself warned and then watch the story here.

Paul White shared his story of service in an adventure upon a Russian ship. Watch Paul White’s storytelling here.

Thank you to Jack Scheer for doing the most wonderful job hosting, to all the storytellers for sharing their truly personal stories, to The Auld Shebeen for continuing to feed us and ply us with great beer, and to you, the audience, for coming to our shows, sharing our posts, and being part of the Better Said Than Done community.

Join us in July for these shows:

No More Helen Keller Jokes — Anne Thomas — July 9, 2017, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 5:00 PM (doors at 4:30 PM), $10

Storytelling at the Lake — July 12, 2017, Lake Anne Coffee House – upstairs, 1612 Washington Plaza North, Reston, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), free admission

Bite Me: stories about bugs, bites, blood, and anger — July 29, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

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Storytelling this Saturday: a labor of love … and laughs

There may be tales of working 9 to 5 for horrible bosses. But, look who’s talking! Our storytellers – Richard Barr, Nick Baskerville, Catherine Calvin, Robert Lovejoy, Joe Roles, Aimee Snow, Allison Stevens, and Brandy Walker, with host Jessica Robinson – will make it all seem effortless.

Labor Pains: stories of work, bosses, and babies
Saturday, June 24, 2017
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
The Auld Shebeen – downstairs
3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
$15 per person (Buy your tickets online by 6 PM on June 23 for $12 each.)
Cash preferred at the door.

Full dinner and bar menu are available at The Auld Shebeen. Seating is first come, first served.

Join us in July for these shows:

No More Helen Keller Jokes — Anne Thomas — July 9, 2017, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 5:00 PM (doors at 4:30 PM), $10

Storytelling at the Lake — July 12, 2017, Lake Anne Coffee House – upstairs, 1612 Washington Plaza North, Reston, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), free admission

Bite Me: stories about bugs, bites, blood, and anger — July 29, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

 

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Three times the stories all summer long!

You may be taking a break this summer, but Better Said Than Done will be busier than ever, with three shows every month!

Our Summer Spotlight Series, held the second Sunday of each month, features solo storytelling shows at Epicure Café. Susan Gordon kicks off the series with So Both Shall Live, at 5 PM (doors at 4:30 PM), on June 11.  Read more here, and mark your calendar for shows on July 9 and August 13. Each show is $10 per person at the door.

Next, we are delighted to announce the launch of Storytelling at the Lake, a free show on the second Wednesday of each month, at Lake Anne Coffee House in Reston. Our first show, will be on June 14, at 7 PM, and will feature stories from Richard Barr, Catherine Calvin, Dan Loehr, Jessica Piscitelli Robinson, David Supley Foxworth and Mary Supley Foxworth. You can join us on July 12 and August 9, too!

And, of course, we continue our Monthly Show on the last Saturday of the month at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax. Up next is Labor Pains: work, bosses, and babies, on June 24, at 7 PM (doors at 6 PM). Buy your tickets online by 6 PM on June 23 for $12 each; $15 per person at the door.

Come early to take your seat in the audience, or sign up to take the stage.

 

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Start your summer with storytelling!

It’s been so hot the last few days, it feels like summer is already here, though we’re still a week away from its unofficial start. Welcome the new season with us at our storytelling show next weekend in Fairfax!

Memorial: stories of soldiers, service, and saying goodbye
Saturday, May 27, 2017
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
The Auld Shebeen – downstairs
3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
$15 per person (Buy your tickets online by 6 PM on May 26 for $12 each.)
Cash preferred at the door.

The line-up for the evening includes true, personal stories reflecting the meaning of Memorial Day from Richard Barr, Davine Ker, Jack Pelar, Mel Pine, Paul White, and first-time teller Erin Benbennick, with host Jack Scheer.

Full dinner and bar menu are available at The Auld Shebeen. Seating is first come, first served.

And mark your calendars for our upcoming shows and workshops!

So Both Shall Live — Susan Gordon — June 11, 2017, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 5:00 PM (doors at 4:30 PM), $10

Labor Pains: bosses, work, and babies — June 24, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

No More Helen Keller Jokes — Anne Thomas — July 9, 2017, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 5:00 PM (doors at 4:30 PM), $10

Bite Me: stories about bugs, bites, blood, and anger — July 29, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

Arlington National Cemetery: My Forever Home — Ellouise Schoettler — August 13, 2017, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 5:00 PM (doors at 4:30 PM), $10

Vacation: stories of fun, family, and disaster — August 26, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

 

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Women Warriors Roared

On April 30, 2017, 9 women storytellers took the stage at Jammin’ Java, in Vienna, VA, to share their true, personal stories of obstacles and empowerment. Better Said Than Done raised $1250 for the National Network to End Domestic Violence during the storytelling show and fundraiser. But the night meant so much more than that.

In Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors, the audience shared an experience that will not soon be forgotten. Each of our 9 storytellers told a story of power, and of womanhood, that roared through the audience and out into the world. The stories told were the beginning of a movement. These women warriors are simply leading the roar.

Mary Supley Foxworth took charge of the stage, hosting the storytelling show.

Stacy Crickmer kicked off the storytelling night with her tale of working as a park ranger at the White House.
Sandra Hull shared a story about what Mother’s Day represents to her.
Felicia Reed spoke of a lifetime of surviving what no one should have to endure.
Kathy Stershic talked about a charming Brit who swept her off her feet and all the way to London.
Allison Stevens told a story of motherhood and her quest for a feminist child.
Jessica Robinson shared a story of a deception that lay buried for years.
Sharon Few’s story was about a very complicated family dynamic.
Brandy Walker shared how fiercely she fought for the safety of her child.
Anne B. Thomas told a tale of a time, not that long ago, when sexual harassment in the workplace was a laughing matter, to some.

The storytellers of Roar deserved their standing ovation. We are women. The audience heard us roar. It has begun.

Thank you to Kian McKellar for the photos. There were so many people who helped make Roar such a successful show and fundraiser, that I dedicated an entire blog post to thanking them. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to read about all the wonderful support we received in Roaring so loudly.

In addition to the show, Better Said Than Done has published an anthology of 21 personal stories called Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors, available for purchase here. All proceeds from book sales benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

For our May show, Better Said Than Done returns to the last Saturday of the month at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax. Join us May 27th, for Memorial: stories of soldiers, service and saying goodbye.

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