Thursday: Hear stories of 'Home Means Nevada' at Reno Storytellers Project
The Reno Storytellers Project will bring six stories of Nevada to the Reno Little Theater stage April 19. The second show of the project's second season will regale listeners with stories of Native American life, finding acceptance in Reno, exploring Nevada' natural beauty and others that epitomize "Home Means Nevada."
The Reno Storytellers Project is a quarterly event run by the Reno Gazette Journal. We use oral storytelling to help strengthen empathy and connect our community through diverse, first-person stories of Northern Nevada.
In 2017, we sold out all of our shows at the Reno Little Theater. So in 2018, we're adding two showtimes, 6 and 8 p.m., for each night to help more of you experience and enjoy our shows.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at tickets.rgj.com. Ticket sales help cover the cost of the venue and support our journalism at the RGJ. Supporter tickets and sponsorships are available for those who want show their love for community (read more about them below).
We can accommodate some walk-ups on the nights of the show, but we encourage ticket purchases ahead of time. If the show is sold out, we can usually accommodate extra people or add you to the second showing. We cannot take cash or check at the door, so please bring a credit card.
Showtimes and themes
The theater sells wine, drinks and snacks to help support their nonprofit venture. All shows are PG or PG-13 so children can come but be aware we tell adult stories.
April 19, Home Means Nevada: Nevada's brown and green mountains, libertarianism, wide open spaces, small towns and big cities all hold a special place in our heart. What makes Nevada home to you? (Storytellers selected)
August 2, On the Road: Reno is surrounded by wide-open roads, is home to Hot August Nights and a transient town of tourists and newcomers. (See below if you have a story to tell on this theme)
October 4, Food and Family: As we prepare for the holidays, we celebrate the best of the West Coast's rich food culture. Join us as we share stories about the dishes that inspire us and the families who developed our palates. (See below if you have a story to tell on this theme)
Become a supporter of the Reno Storytellers Project
Do you love the concept of telling or listening to true, first-person stories in order to connect with diverse people in your community? That's what we love, too!
This year we're offering a Supporter Seating ticket. This one-time purchase gives the buyer two tickets to all nights and showtimes of the 2018 season of Reno Storytellers Project.
Supporters will be recognized with their names included in the Reno Storytellers Project program for the entire season. Supporters are guaranteed seating in the first two rows on the night of the event.
Tickets are $200 for two tickets to the eight showtimes we have this season. This is like supporting the theatre, the ballet, the symphony or museums. We want our patrons to feel like they are part of a community through their support of the season.
The Reno Storytellers team will send specific instructions to patrons so they can redeem tickets for themselves or others on nights of the event.
How to tell a story this year
The upcoming April 19 show, Home Means Nevada, is all set. But, we need storytellers for On the Road and Food and Family.
If you want to tell a true, first-person, 5-to-9 minute story to a crowd of 90 people, twice in one night, then we want your pitch. Send a 250-word pitch explaining your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look for stories that have a specific narrative arch about "a time when" something happened related to the night's theme. All stories need a beginning, a climax, a brief resolution with a change, a twist or a personal lesson.
Don't worry, we'll coach you through your stories in professional coaching sessions six weeks before the show starts.
We look for diverse tellers who represent the Reno community in race, religion, gender identity, age, country of origin. We select stories based on their impact, relatability and representation of Reno's many different types of people.
For an example of what to expect, check out our Reno Storytellers Project podcast.