If you are a fan of The Moth, you should get yourself down to the Grand Theater for Stories from the Dark Side.  If you have a difficult story you’d like to share maybe you’d even want to audition.   (For the uninitiated, the Moth is a weekly podcast and public radio show devoted to the craft of storytelling; people telling true stories live and without notes.)

Now Salem has its own version of this popular series.  For two more weekends (in May and June)  a group of eight brave individuals will be on stage at the Grand Theater telling impromptu stories about their own lives.   The way it works:  after auditioning and being chosen, storytellers are given a subject – for the most part a harsh, difficult, painful subject – just a few hours before the event, and a limited time on stage to reveal a side of their lives not often talked about.

On April 24 the subject was “the last time I fell apart,” and featured Chip Conrad, Jennifer Powers, Rob the Bartender, Stefanie Knowlton, Doug Hoffman, Dixie Licorice, Reverend Buerge, and Jessica Amos-McElravy.   The tellers spoke movingly and sometimes disturbingly on a variety of themes: the death of a friend, childhood abuse, an angry mother, the heartbreak of raising a schizophrenic child.  Although their story-telling skills were somewhat varied, they all get two-thumbs up for courage.

Stories from the Dark Side‘s creators – Jessica Amos-McElravy, Brian Hart and Carlee Wright, – hope to provide a way for people to talk about subjects that aren’t always considered socially acceptable.  They believe that this kind of personal story-telling creates community, and is empowering and redemptive for both participants and audience.

There will be another two performances in the same series to be held on the final Thursday of every month : May 29th and June 26th, at The Grand Theater, 187 High St. NE,.  $10 in advance $15 at the door.  Beer, wine and snacks are available.  For more information or to audition call (503) 569-1173

Stories from the Dark side

Grand Theatre

May 29th & June 26th,  7:30pm

187 High Street Downtown Salem