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Full Moon Story Slam – Dog Days of Summer

August 10 @ 7:00 pm

Theme: Dog Days of Summer

Storytellers and audiences are enjoying The Actors Studio of Newburyport’s (TASN) 16th season of true-life stories told without notes or props on themes ranging from synchronicity to pronouns. TASN’s Full Moon Story Slam is modeled after NPR’s Moth Radio Hour. It is a storytelling competition with a few simple criteria for both the official judges and the audience to vote for their favorites.
The Full Moon Story Slam has been a consistently popular event since its inception, so much so that, during Covid restrictions, it expanded nationwide as a Zoom event.
The Slam is our chance to gather as friends and share true stories from our lives. Simply put, a story slam is a competition based on the art of storytelling. It puts a dual emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. It is an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit – and it is great entertainment! Story slammers will tell a 5-minute short story based on the evening’s theme: Dog Days of Summer.
Criteria for judging:
The story has an arc: a beginning, a point of change, and a resolution.

  • Presentation of the story.
  • Time (no longer than five minutes, but no shorter than four minutes).
  • Connection to the theme.
Please remember, the story must be true. The story must be yours, and you may not use props, notes, phone or a written script.
If you know that you would like to tell a story, you can let us know by noon on August 10. Contact Marc Clopton at,  If you are not yet sure, you will have the opportunity to sign up during the event.  Storytellers and all audience members need to purchase a ticket.
When: Saturday, August 10, 7:00 P.M.  Doors open 6:30P.M.
Where: 1 Merrill Street, Cross Roads Plaza – Salisbury, MA
Tickets:   $21 in advance $23 at the door

Theme:  Dog Days of Summer

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Winners of June’s Pride-themed Story Slam:  Sue Sweet (Audience Favorite) and Kurt Mullen (Judges Choice)

The Actors Studio was founded in 1991 and  is a 501C(3) 65 seated theater which is a vital cultural resource for the community: to inspire, enrich and engage audiences and to develop both the art form and the individual by encouraging full creative expression.


August 10
7:00 pm
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