CONNECT: Community Forum February 23, 2015 @ 7pm

Your Real Stories teams up with American Stage to present an evening of theater, storytelling, and conversation inspired by August Wilson’s Radio Golf. Identity is arguably the most important theme in the play where Wilson raises questions about whether Black culture and heritage can survive integration.

Who are we? How much do we owe our heritage? And what is the cost of assimilation?

Your Real Stories creates live theater based on interviews from local community members who have struggled with these questions. This will be followed by a panel discussion with the actual storytellers and other community members who bring a broad range of experience to these same questions.

By including the widest variety of people in their interviews, theater works, and discussions, Your Real Stories strive to create a framework for building communities that are stronger through awareness of the values, goals, and challenges of all community members.

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Season Opens with Photographic Exhibit September 2-10, 2014

Mark your calendars for…

 “My Soul Looks Back: The Decades of Day Work Photographic Exhibit,” at The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum, 2240 9th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, Fl.  September 2-10, 2014.

The Opening Reception, 

September 2 

6:00PM-8:00PM

  2014-2015 Season at a glance…

 Your Real Stories, Inc.

in association with

Communication Research Enterprises, Inc.

presents

 “My Soul Looks Back: The ‘Decades of Day Work’  Photographic Exhibit”

in association with the

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum

September 2-10, 2014

12:00PM-5:00PM

Tuesday-Friday

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum,

2240 9th Ave S. St Petersburg FL 33712

                Opening Reception

               September 2, 2014

            6:00PM-8:00PM

“Digital Storytelling–50 Steps To Documentary Success”

featuring

Andrew W. Thornhill

Founder and author of ‘The Digital Television Report’

September 10, 2014

6:00PM-8:00PM

Cash bar and snacks open at 5:00PM

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum,

2240 9th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, Florida 33712

 “Disruptions”– Past, Present & Waiting Around The Corner”

The FCC Spectrum Auction, ATSC 3.0 & Digital Channels

in association with University of South Florida St. Petersburg

September 11, 2014

6:00PM-8:00PM

The Nelson Poynter Library, USFSP, St. Petersburg, Florida

140 Harborwalk Ave. S, St Petersburg, FL 33701

Storytelling Through the Ages
with a sneak preview of radio special

“What Are You Wearing New Years Eve?”

from the Fashion Media Project

Presented by

Thornhill Design Laboratory

September 13, 2014

11:00AM-2:00PM

Tampa Museum of Art

120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

“The Making of Decades of Day Work”

                                                 Jaye Ann Terry interviews YRS Artistic Directors

Lillian Dunlap and Jaye Sheldon.

November 11, 2014

7:00PM

The Studio@620

620 First Ave. South,

St Petersburg, FL 33701

“My Soul Looks Back: The ‘Decades of Day Work’  Photographic Exhibit”

in partnership with

The Studio@620

March 11-17

Gallery hours: 12:00PM-4:00PM

Tuesday-Saturday

The Studio@620

620 First Ave. South,

St Petersburg, FL 33701

“Decades of Day Work V”

March 25-27, 2015

7:00PM

freeFall theatre

6099 Central Ave.

St Petersburg, FL 33710

Community Conversation:

The Death of Malcolm X Plus 50″

April 16, 2015

7:00PM

The Studio@620

620 First Ave. South,

St Petersburg, FL 33701

 

Your Real Stories 2014-2015 Season!

For Immediate Release

 

Your Real Stories Announces its 2014-2015 Season!

Producers of the popular theatre series, “Decades of Day Work,” announced the “Your Real Stories 2014-2015 Season” at a waterfront  reception in St. Petersburg on July 31. The season opens September 2-10 with “My Soul Looks Back:  The Decades of Day Work Photographic Exhibit” in association with the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum, 2240 9th Ave South in St Petersburg.  An opening reception is set for September  2, 6:00 to 8:00.

The final day of the exhibit begins “Story Days in Tampa Bay,”  September 10-13.  This four-day event invites storytellers, writers, actors, artists, photographers, media professionals, futurists, and entrepreneurs to share information about new and beneficial ways to tell, develop and distribute stories. This season, the featured speaker is Andrew W. Thornhill, founder and author of The Digital Television Report. His presentation, “50 Steps to Documentary Success,”  is from 6:00 to 8:00 on Wednesday, September 10  at the Woodson. On  Thursday, September 11 from 6:00 to 8:00, Thornhill  presents “Disruptions–Past, Present & Waiting Around the Corner”  at the Nelson Poynter Library on the  University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. This interactive session answers questions about what’s next in the digital media world and  how new graduates and  people developing their own stories can win.

On November, 11, in partnership with The Studio@620, Your Real Stories presents “The Making of Decades of Day Work,” with attorney/author/playwright Jaye Ann Terry interviewing YRS Artistic Directors, Dr. Lillian Dunlap and Jaye Sheldon.

For 2015, YRS has scheduled  “My Soul Looks Back: The Decades of Day Work Photographic Exhibit II” in partnership with The Studio@620, March 11-17. Gallery hours are 12:00-4:00 Tuesday-Saturday. And March 25-27, YRS presents the fifth production of “Decades of Day Work” in association with  freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Avenue, St Petersburg, FL. A special guest storyteller will be announced later.  ” Decades of Day Work IV”  at the same venue  earlier this year featured storyteller and author, Dr. My Haley, widow of Alex Haley and collaborator with him on the book and television series, “Roots.”

The last scheduled production will be the first Your Real Stories “Community Conversation:  Stories, Food and You” on April 16, at the Studio@620. The evening explores what the death of Malcolm X  has to teach people of all races and religions, 50 years later. “The Death of Malcolm X Plus 50” begins at 6:00.

The Your Real Stories  mission is to use storytelling and the magic of theatre, documentary film and other media to challenge people to talk and listen to each other across perceived differences of identity, experience and opinions.  Your Real Stories, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization. We invite you to join us for any or all of our 2014-2015 Season events. Come and be inspired.

YRS Artistic Directors Jaye Sheldon and Lillian Dunlap
YRS Artistic Directors Jaye Sheldon and Lillian Dunlap

About the officers

Officers

Artistic Director/Founder        Lillian R. Dunlap, Ph.D.

Artistic Director/Founder        Jaye A. Sheldon, M.Mus.

Board of Directors

President    Teresa Nixon

Secretary   Linda Steele

Treasurer  Susan E. Langsdale

 

 

Decades of Day Work IV at freeFall Theatre Feb. 27 at 7

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lillian Dunlap
Lillian@yourrealstories.org
727-432-1602

“Decades of Day Work IV” at freefall Theatre
February 27

Your Real Stories Productions presents the stories from the real life “help” in “Decades of Day Work IV,” February 27, 2014 at 7:00PM at freefall Theatre, 6099 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. The popular series mixes music, drama, poetry and spoken word to tell the stories of domestic day workers and their employers. This time the show features special guest storyteller, author playwright, Dr. My Haley, widow of Alex Haley and collaborator with him on the iconic book and television show, “Roots.”

“Very special and enlightening.” “Powerful…extremely well told…(an) important contribution to social healing.” That’s what audiences say about the series. “Decades of Day Work IV” features the story of Dr. Haley’s grandmother, who was for most of her life, a maid. It also shares the stories of Alonza Wade, a local retired war veteran, whose mother ‘lived-in’ but couldn’t be ‘on’ Miami Beach in the 1940’s, ninety two-year-old Idessa Driver, whose mother threatened to quit and forced her depression-era boss to reconsider cutting her meager wages, and Elaine T. Woodward, who shared a 40-year sisterhood with her maid.

Beginning in 2011, directors and co-creators Jaye Sheldon and Lillian Dunlap partnered with The Studio@620 to produce the first three “Decades of Day Work” shows in November, 2011 and February and May, 2012.

Sheldon and Dunlap interview local community members about their experiences of domestic day work. They edit the interviews into scripts, and work with professional actors to create a unique and powerful theatrical experience, while the real life storytellers witness their stories along with the audience.
The show concludes with a moderated panel and audience discussion, featuring the storytellers. Cultural and historical context is supported through panel member Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, a nationally recognized scholar on women and work.

Due to the diversity of stories and storytellers, audiences will leave the theatre feeling as if a part of their own story has been told and heard. One of the series’ storytellers concluded, “It was the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Guest storyteller, Dr. My Haley will also be promoting her new book, “The Treason of Mary Louvestre.” The book is based on the true story of a seamstress and slave who became a spy for the Union Navy during the Civil War and helped the Navy in the historic “Battle of Hampton Roads.”

Tickets for the February 27th performance of ‘Decades of Day Work IV,’ are available through the freefall Theatre Box Office. The performance will be interpreted for the deaf. Tickets can be purchased by calling (727) 498-5205; online at www.freefalltheatre.com; or in person at 6099 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, FL.

Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $15
Student tickets are $12 with a valid student ID and can only be purchased in person at the
box office

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Your Real Stories,Inc. is now a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization!

Your Real Stories, Inc. is incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida (document #N13000007790 with an incorporation date of August 23, 2013).   We have IRS tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization (effective date of August 23, 2013). YRS is also registered under the Florida Solicitation of Contribution Act 1992.

Mission 

 We use storytelling and the magic of theatre, documentary film and other media to challenge people to talk and listen to each other across perceived differences of identity, experience, and opinions.  We use storytelling, not just to hear people’s stories but to take the next step to make it possible for people to talk to each other. Specifically, we are committed to raising the level of discourse on race in America and working toward the elimination of prejudice and discrimination.