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Speak Up at CHS: Misinterpreted: Stories about Mixed Messages and Miscommunication

June 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm |

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCE STARTING AT 6:45 PM. Online ticketing ended at 5 pm.

The Connecticut Historical Society is excited to partner with Speak Up to bring their unique brand of engaging storytelling to our members and visitors. The theme of the evening is Misinterpreted: Stories about Mixed Messages and Miscommunication which connects to the themes of our current exhibit, Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf, which is on view until October 21. This show will seek to be inclusive of both the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing communities and will be accessible with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.

Speak Up is a Hartford-based storytelling organization that seeks to promote the art of personal storytelling to a wide audience and build a community of storytellers in Connecticut. Speak Up brings professional and amateur storytellers to stage to share true stories from their lives. Speak Up founders and producers Matthew and Elysha Dicks work closely with storytellers to help them craft their stories for the stage and teach storytelling workshops to storytellers at all levels.

Speak Up storytelling shows feature 6-8 storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Shows include a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time. Stories are 6-8 minutes in length. Shows are hosted by Speak Up producer Elysha Dicks, and storyteller and producer Matthew Dicks serves as one of the storytellers for the evening.

Tickets are $15 for CHS members and $20 for non-members. Seating is limited. Tickets are available online–click here. Tickets may be purchased online until 5:00 pm the day of the show, and then they are available at the door beginning at 6:45 pm. 

Doors open at 7:00 pm with free access to the Galleries and the performance begins at 8:00 pm.

We’re still looking for deaf and hard of hearing storytellers. Learn how to pitch your story using these guidelines (PDF).

Support for American Sign Language interpreter services for exhibition-related programming is provided by Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

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Please note, CHS will be undergoing renovations from Aug 28 – Sept 6. During this time, we will not be wheelchair accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.