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Long Story Short: Growing Pains

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Long Story Short: Growing Pains
Wednesday, December 14
Doors: 6pm / Event: 7pm
All ages / Seated
Pay-what-you-choose (starting at $10)
Location: 3S Artspace


December Long Story Short theme: Growing Pains

Youth is wasted on the young, or so they say. For all we enjoy in energy, glowing looks, and endless freedom, youth is a time of uncertainty, big mistakes, and exploring new personas. This show features the good, bad, and ugly of growing up and the wisdom we gained along the way. Of course, not all growing up happens in our youth. Expect a story or two about lessons learned at all stages of life.

Featured storytellers:

Charleen Thorburn
Charleen's tale is about the time she auditioned for the Jr. high talent show and immediately regretted it. Being in the show taught taught her two things that made her braver than she'd ever been.

Duncan Craig
Duncan tells the story from his childhood when he and his father lived in a one-room motel. His father introduced him to his beloved tenor guitar just before selling it to pay for food and shelter.

Kemetia Foley
Kemetia's story is about love in the teenage years and getting a clue.

Kate Sheridan
Kate's story unpacks her journey from Ms. Sheridan (the teacher) to The Laundress (the mystic), all through the lens of the Wheel of the Year and its never-ending cycle of growth, death, and rebirth.

Mary Jo Brown
Mary Jo will tell a story about the most awkward moments of her teen years and her long search to find the place where she truly fit in.

Carrie Mayo
Carrie will show us how to tap into our natural way of looking at the world to solve problems, spark ideas and have a bigger impact than we’ve ever dreamed possible.


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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 in 2022! 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.

Air dates for "Growing Pains" are Friday, December 30 at 8pm, and again on Saturday, December 31 at 4pm. Be sure to tune in!


Thank you to our year-round Lead Sponsors: Raka

3S Artspace is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

3S Artspace is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan from the National Endowment for the Arts.