Marathon theater starts monthly Story Slam, winners get $100

June 27, 2014 

If you have five minutes and a story to tell, stop by the Marathon Community Theatre by 7 p.m. June 29 and sign up for the theater's first Story Slam.

It's the start of a new monthly series inspired by urban story slams happening across the nation, and they're open to anybody. Ten storytellers will have a chance to vie for cash (and glory) by telling their true five-minute tale as it relates to the theme for the night.

The theme for the first Story Slam is "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times." The audience is the judge and will determine the storytellers' fates.

The winner walks away with $100 cash. Second place gets two tickets to see any show they want during the 2014-15 theater season at the Middle Keys playhouse, mile marker 49.5 oceanside. There is a $10 cover charge at the door.

The rules: Storytellers have five minutes to tell their true stories, with a one-minute grace period to wind it up. If you go over time, you might get the hook, so practice your timing. It must be a true story. No props, costumes or musical accompaniment. No cheat sheet, either.

The theater will announce the monthly themes on its website at and via e-mail for those signed up to the theater's list. To get on the Story Slam list, send an e-mail to and write in the subject line "story slam."

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