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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Support for Women Warriors

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Better Said Than Done hosted Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors. In the first storytelling show of it’s kind, 9 women warriors shared their true, personal stories about obstacles and empowerment. The show was not only part of a movement, it was a fundraiser for the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  Better Said Than Done raised $1250.00 in ticket sales alone for NNEDV.

We also sold a number of books, and will continue to sell them, so will tabulate those funds later. You can buy the book anthology Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors here.

I will post again soon with a recap of the fantastic storytelling show itself, but I want to take the time in this blog post to thank the many people I owe a debt to, the people who helped make Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors a successful night of storytelling.

The storytellers!
I can’t say enough about how fantastic the stories were. In fact, I will say more soon. But for now, thank you to all the women who shared their stories, who worked on crafting their stories for months, and who helped spread the word about this show and this cause.  Thank you Stacy Crickmer, Felicia Reed, Sandra Hull, Kathy Stershic, Allison Stevens, Jessica Robinson, Sharon Few, Brandy Walker and Anne Thomas for your participation and your beautiful souls.

The audience!
First of all, thank you for giving us a standing ovation. That was a pretty emotional moment for me, and I imagine for my fellow storytellers as well.  Secondly, THANK YOU FOR COMING! Seriously, we appreciate you buying a ticket and coming to the show.  Not only because you are the reason we raised $1250, but also because, without an audience, we’d have no one to share our stories with. So thank you, for being there and for listening.
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Press About Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors

Better Said Than Done has been fortunate to have built up a great relationship with many media outlets in the DC Metro/Northern Virginia area. I am personally grateful every time a press release is picked up, resulting in an article or calendar listing. Let’s face it, storytelling in Fairfax County isn’t always breaking news. But sometimes, we seem to hit a nerve – or a movement.

Our recent storytelling show, and fundraiser, Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors, must’ve sounded appealing because we were blessed to have been noticed by several great newspapers, magazines and blogs.

 

Here’s a brief recap of the press coverage Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors received.

DC Metro Theater Arts
“In the Moment” by David Siegel
April 25, 2017

Fairfax Connection Newspaper
“Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors” by David Siegel
April 24, 2017

Fairfax Times Newspaper
“They Are Women, Hear Them Roar” by Trevor Flynn
April 28, 2017

Northern Virginia Magazine Event Calendar

“Things to Do This Weekend”

The Washingtonian Event Calendar
“Things to Do This Weekend”

Thank you to the men and women of the press. Not only for the coverage you’ve given us over the years, but for all the work you do in keeping all of us informed.

These articles and more can be found on our press page.

If you’d like to join the movement, you can purchase Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors, the anthology, here.  All proceeds benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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Marching Videos

Better Said Than Done’s March spoken word storytelling show “Marching Orders: stories of moving on and moving out” was a great night out at the Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA.

But don’t take my word for it. You can’t order a Guinness, or hang out in a packed audience, but you can watch and listen to the storytellers share their interpretation of the theme thanks to videos provided by Capture Video.

It’s not exactly like being there – so come to our April show and experience storytelling live – but click the links below to watch the storytellers in action.

Host Derek Hills told the first true, personal story of the night.

Bill Grella is moving on.

Dan marched over mountains.

Paul White moved through stages of realization.

Stacy Crickmer had a very special helper in moving through life.

Bill Burton marched through the jungle and into the stream.

Joff Infante moved out of grad school.

John Kreul moved into the big house.

Better Said Than Done is marching on over to Jammin’ Java, in Vienna, VA for our April storytelling show. “Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors” features 10 women storytellers sharing true, personal stories about obstacles and empowerment. The April show is on a Sunday.
Read more and get tickets here.

All proceeds benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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Marching Photos

“Marching Orders: true stories about moving on and moving out” was the theme of the night at our March storytelling show at The Auld Shebeen, in Fairfax, VA. But not one of the 5 million (approximate #) audience members marched out on the show or marched home that night feeling anything but happy. The storytellers followed their orders perfectly – tell great stories!

Host Derek Hills doubled as the first storyteller of the night, telling a tale of his endeavors in the hard hitting news world.

Bill Grella shared a heartfelt story about friendship and loss.

First time storyteller Dan marched us through the steps he took along the John Muir Trail.

Long time Toastmaster, first time Better Said Than Done storyteller Paul White diagnosed bigotry.

Stacy Crickmer introduced us to a very special cat.

Bill Burton took us on a march through Madagascar.

First time storyteller Joff Infante put his microbiology degree to good use.

John Kreul took us where no man wants to go – jail!

Thanks to all the storytellers (not just John) for rocking the jailhouse with their mad storytelling skills and making it another great night out in Northern Virginia. Special thanks to Derek Hills for his mad hosting skills, The Auld Shebeen for hosting our shows, Bart Robinson for photographing and Capture Video, Inc. for videotaping.

We are marching on over to Jammin’ Java, in Vienna, VA for our April storytelling show. “Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors” features 10 women storytellers – telling it like it is. The April show is on a Sunday.
Read more and get tickets here.
All proceeds benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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Hear us roar

lioness There’s a proverb about March coming in like a lion. Well, this April is going out like a lioness!

Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors
Sunday, April 30, 2017,
7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
Jammin’ Java
227 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, Virginia

$20 per person
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Join us for true, personal stories on the challenges of womanhood, including family, work, school, relationships, sex, motherhood, and more, from Stacy Crickmer, Sharon Few, Sandra Hull, Felicia L. Reed, Jessica Robinson, Ellouise Schoettler, Kathy Stershic, Allison Stevens, Anne B. Thomas, and Brandy Walker. We are expecting this show to sell out in advance and strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets soon.

Better Said Than Done is also publishing an anthology of stories by the same name, Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors, featuring stories by 21 women from all over the US and Canada. The book will be available for purchase at the show on April 30, and on Amazon.com in print and Kindle versions.

All proceeds from ticket sales and the sale of the anthology benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Learn more at NNEDV.org.

Full dinner and bar menu are available at Jammin’ Java. Reserved seating is limited; general admissions tickets are first come, first served seating.

Get our other upcoming shows on your calendar now —

Memorial: true tales of soldiers, service, and saying goodbye — May 27, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

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

Want to be in the show or learn more about the art of telling a story? Take a storytelling workshop with Better Said Than Done!

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