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Telltale Presents: Let’s Go Home

Hey, champ! Thanks for checking out Telltale. We are a monthly curated storytelling event for people that like to get vulnerable and take no shit. We are into genuine connection, laughter, heartbreak, poignant moments, and community building. We are solidly in our 5th season. Although we have generally gone back to doing our shows in person at The Chapel Theatre, there wasn’t an available date for us for November that worked for the crew, so we’re going to do a one off ZOOM ONLY show. No in person version. (We will be back to livestreaming and being in person in December though!) So let’s pretend it’s winter 2020 (gross….) and do this one more time. At Telltale, you can expect about 8 performers sharing something…

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Live Wire: Tom Scharpling, Mohanad Elshieky, Kaveh Akbar, and MAITA

TOM SCHARPLING Tom Scharpling has hosted the weekly radio call-in comedy program, The Best Show with Tom Scharpling, for 18 years. He and his comedy parter Jon Wurster released a 16 disc compilation of their greatest hits, The Best of the Best Show, in 2015 to critical acclaim. He is also known as the voice of Greg Universe on the hit Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe and as a writer-executive producer for the Emmy Award–winning show Monk. In his new book, It Never Ends, Scharpling is sharing a story he has never told before—his own harrowing coming of age. He chronicles the lengths he has gone to pull away from the brink of self-destruction, his difficult rehabilitation and how he committed himself to reinvention…

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Telltale Presents: Don’t Be Afraid

Hey, champ! Thanks for checking out Telltale. We are a monthly curated storytelling event for people that like to get vulnerable and take no shit. We are keen on connection, laughter, heartbreak, poignant moments, and community building. We are in our fifth season now, which is wild. After a number of zoom shows, and then a number of outdoor summer shows…. we are just rolling with what’s happening around us and we are officially back inside the Chapel Theatre starting in October–unless the weather is magically perfect–with an all vaccinated staff, vaccinated performers, and a vaccine card requirement at the door, as well as many assertive reminders about wearing your mask properly. At Telltale, you can expect about 7-10 performers sharing something with you, in…

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The Tesla City Stories Season 6 World Premiere

We are so grateful to be back! A monthly night of vintage radio comedy and drama — live onstage in Portland, Oregon! Straight outta 1944! Laughs! Chills! Romance! Danger! Booze! Eats! Cash bar! Live Foley! 1940’s live music! Prizes! Audience participation! New installment of “Blevins to Betsy“. Threatened by crooner Bobby Villanova’s attentions towards Betsy, Blevins takes comfort in the knowledge he’s still first in the hearts of radio fans. He is, isn’t he? “Blevins to Betsy” is a romantic-comedy set in the world of radio. He’s Blevins DeBell, America’s favorite radio star. She’s Betsy Harper, small town girl and production assistant at the TBC. Their fortunes and hearts become entangled when Betsy steps into the figurative shoes of Blevins’s former co-star and wife, Joan…

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Lux Radio Theater’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still”

Fake Radio opens its 2021 season of shows with a recreation of Lux Radio Theatre’s 1954 Broadcast of: ”The Day the Earth Stood Still” Our special guest star is Phil Proctor, cast member from the world-famous “Firesign Theater” comedy troupe!! If you don’t think Science Fiction can be hysterically funny, then welcome to the world of Fake Radio’s comedic recreations of old-time radio classics! An alien named Klaatu lands his spacecraft on Earth just after the end of World War II. He brings an important message to the planet that he wishes to tell the representatives of all nations. However, communication turns out to be difficult due to Cold War fears and Klaatu is forced to try an alternative approach. The result shocks the entire…

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Telltale Presents: What Did You Expect?

Hey, champ! Thanks for checking out Telltale. We are a monthly curated storytelling event for people that like to get vulnerable and take no shit. We are keen on connection, laughter, heartbreak, poignant moments, and community building. We are in our fifth season now, which is wild. After a number of zoom shows…. WE ARE BACK, PAL! With an all vaccinated staff, we will be doing a series of summer shows outside of our old venue, Chapel Theatre. I said we’d do these shows until things stopped making me mad…. and well…. apparently there’s an endless series of things to be angry at in this country. At Telltale, you can expect about 7-10 performers sharing something with you, in the way that feels right to…

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Telltale at the Tower Presents: We Are Infinite.

Hey, champ! Thanks for checking out Telltale. We are a monthly curated storytelling event for people that like to get vulnerable and take no shit. We are keen on connection, laughter, heartbreak, poignant moments, and community building. We are in our fifth season now, which is wild. After a number of zoom shows…. WE ARE BACK, PAL! With an all vaccinated staff, we will be doing a series of summer shows outside of our old venue, Chapel Theatre. I said we’d do these shows until things stopped making me mad…. and well…. apparently there’s an endless series of things to be angry at in this country. At Telltale, you can expect about 7-10 performers sharing something with you, in the way that feels right to…

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Telltale Presents: I Won’t Wait.

Hey, champ! Thanks for checking out Telltale. We are a monthly curated storytelling event for people that like to get vulnerable and take no shit. We are keen on connection, laughter, heartbreak, poignant moments, and community building. We are in our fifth season now, which is wild. After a number of zoom shows…. WE ARE BACK, PAL! With an all vaccinated staff, we will be doing a series of summer shows outside of our old venue, Chapel Theatre. I said we’d do these shows until things stopped making me mad…. and well…. apparently there’s an endless series of things to be angry at in this country. At Telltale, you can expect about 7-10 performers sharing something with you, in the way that feels right to…

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Premise Course: What is feminist power? Who decides? Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

Join us in a discussion of Aristophanes’ ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata and Spike Lee’s modern film adaptation of the book Chi-Raq. The class will focus on the Aristophanes comedy and will use Spike Lee’s film as a point of modern reference and comparison. About the book: “Aristophanes’ comic masterpiece of war and sex remains one of the greatest plays ever written. Led by the title character, the women of the warring city-states of Greece agree to withhold sexual favours with their husbands until they agree to cease fighting. The war of the sexes that ensues makes Lysistrata a bawdy comedy without peer in the history of theatre.” – Premise Goodreads page About the film: Spike Lee’s 2015 Chi-Raq is designed to provoke and make us…

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Tom Scharpling in Conversation With Nathan Fielder

Comedian and television writer Tom Scharpling is good at being funny, which is a miracle, considering what he’s survived. Like hitting a deer and narrowly escaping with his life on the night of the 2016 election. But that’s nothing compared to the struggles he had earlier in his life. It Never Ends (Abrams) is his memoir of a life writing comedy amidst a lifelong struggle with mental illness, a story he has never told before. It’s the heartbreaking account of his intense coming-of-age, and the lengths he’s undertaken to pull away from the brink of self-destruction. Scharpling brought himself back to life first with punk zines and NBA coverage, then through the world of comedy, writing and executive producing Monk, and creating one of the…

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