One year in, “Off The Wall” another prominent series produced by Your Real Stories
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Theatrical Journalism is gaining notoriety across the country and around Tampa Bay, in large part due to St. Pete-based Your Real Stories, which presents the next installment of its monthly storytelling series Off The Wall on June 25 at ArtsXchange.
“Live performances in intimate settings based on local stories that bridge the human experience,” June’s Off The Wall features a script from an interview with Leslie Diaz, who lost her home in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria in 2017. She now lives in Tampa with her four children.
Diaz will be portrayed by actress Jessy Julianna. The script will be performed in both Spanish and English, assisted by actress Blue Feliu along with two Spanish language interpreters, and interpreted for the deaf. Leslie Diaz will then join a conversation with the audience.
WHAT: Off The Wall: A Curated Series of Storytelling
WHEN: Tuesday, June 25th; Doors open at 6:30pm (drinks and gallery tours available); Storytelling begins at 7:00pm
WHERE: ArtsXchange in the Warehouse Arts District; 515 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL
TICKETS: $15.00 (student and senior discounts available) at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/off-the-wall-june-25-2019-tickets-62996272547
Off The Wall features the real people and real stories behind the photographic exhibit at the Your Real Stories Gallery & Studio. Each month a photograph comes Off The Wall in a live theatrical performance of the story behind the photo.
This script first appeared in Hurricanes Irma & Maria: One Year Later, at The Poynter Institute, in partnership with WUSF Public Media, with support from the Florida Humanities Council.
The Your Real Stories mission is “to create space for people to experience the compelling authentic stories of real people and to find the common threads that tie us together as humans.”
Lillian Dunlap and Jaye Sheldon founded/co-run Your Real Stories. Their St. Pete Stories was part of inclusivity and diversity training for the City of St. Pete. Their program on homelessness among LGBTQ youth, Out of the Shadows, sold out at the Palladium. They partner with USFSP’s OPEN Network, The Dali Museum, The Tampa Bay Times, and many others on continuous productions including Story Days in Tampa Bay (a festival of over 20 events in October).