Take a screen-break and join Story District (formerly SpeakeasyDC) for its return to the DCJCC with another live performance of heartfelt and hilarious true stories.
With fresh perspectives on the tug-of-war that persists between faith and identity in contemporary society, these expertly-crafted narratives complement our Rated LGBTQ sidebar.
Molly Kelly is a playwright, storyteller, Story District Board member, and performer who has told stories on the Story District stage since 2008 and has performed at Baltimore’s Stoop Stories, Story League and in the Bay Area at The Vent, Fireside, WordUp and The Moth.
Alex Brewer, originally from Boston by way of Chicago, has a soul forged in New England and tempered by the Midwest. He is rounding out his third year in DC and is equally thrilled and petrified to be performing on Story District’s stage for the first time. When not working as a consultant by day, you can find him either paging through a murder mystery, feeding his insatiable appetite for pop culture, or bopping around DC’s burbs in search of a new adventure.
When James Ayers left Columbus, Ohio, in 1992 for his dream job at Proctor & Gamble, he was on a path. It just didn’t lead where he expected. When his politics began to clash with corporate America, he gave up selling fat-free Pringles and Cover Girl makeup to Midwestern girls and chose another path—backpacking through Southeast Asia. Eventually, he landed in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria, ready to save the world. Two years later, he joined an international NGO and spent the next decade working in global public health in countries all around the world. In 2012, the NGO brought James to Washington, DC, where he has been following the path that led him here tonight.
Robin Katcher is described, in her own Blade personal ad-of-the-week circa 1999, as “curvaceous, loquacious, and vivacious.” Raised in New York by her Jewish immigrant family, she comes to her love of story genetically. Robin is honored to finally go beyond obsessively listening to storytelling podcasts and grace the Speakeasy stage for the first time. She is ridiculously happy to be married to Tonya and mom to Evie, the invincible toddler. Professionally, Robin is a consultant who partners with nonprofit justice leaders, organizations and networks to help them as they, basically, save the world.
Mike Boyd is Founder/Principal at Nice Work Company, a boutique marketing and communications firm in Washington, DC. After holding several senior-level marketing positions in the media and television industry, Mike launched his new venture in 2007 to apply his entertainment marketing skills toward building successful nonprofits. He has been an active member of the Story District community since 2008 and served on the Board of Directors from 2009-2014.
Elizabeth McCain is a grief counselor, interfaith minister, energy practitioner, and storyteller in Takoma Park, Md. Come see her one woman show, “A Lesbian Belle Tells” at The Capital Fringe Festival in July. Hear OUTrageous porch stories only a lesbian belle can tell!