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Long Story Short: Portsmouth Past, Present, and Future

June 14, 2023

Long Story Short:Portsmouth Past, Present, and FutureWednesday, June 14Doors: 6pm / Event: 7pmAll ages / SeatedPay-what-you-choose (starting at $10)Location: 3S Artspace


June Long Story Short theme: Portsmouth: Past, Present, and Future

For our June show, we're collaborating with Portsmouth NH 400 to celebrate the city’s 400th anniversary and the many stories made and told throughout Portsmouth's history. This show, cohosted by Beth LaMontagne Hall and Mark Michael Adams, highlights the Portsmouth from long ago, its recent history, and includes stories from some of our youngest residents.

Featured storytellers:

Bruce Pingree - former manager of the Press Room and local DJ

Rochelle Jones - Community Outreach Coordinator for the City of Portsmouth

Barbara Steinbach - former owner of the Elvis Room

Evan Mallet - owner/chef of The Black Trumpet, author, and James Beard semi-finalist

Chris Elliot - writer and musician


About Long Story Short:Long Story Short is not just a storytelling event. It’s an opportunity to share the funniest moments life brings us, the deepest human emotions, and the strangest day of your life with complete strangers. This bare-bones storytelling series, hosted by Beth LaMontagne Hall, is free of pretense and over-rehearsed monologues. The show throws a mix of professional writers, performers, and average folks who have no public speaking experience whatsoever on stage with just a mic and a spotlight to tell a personal story based on that show’s theme. What makes Long Story Short unique is the off-the-cuff feel many of the stories have, including each show’s one open mic slot. A brave volunteer from the audience is selected at random and must take the stage in a moment’s notice to open the second half, — not even the host knows what’s going to happen.

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Long Story Short will be formatted for special radio programs on New Hampshire Public Radio once again in 2023! A broadcast version of the all Long Story Short events will air as part of the “NHPR Presents” series, which aims to work with arts and culture nonprofit organizations across the state to bring similar community events to the air.

"Portsmouth Past, Present, and Future" will air on NHPR Friday, June 30 at 8pm, and Saturday July 1 at 4pm.

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