Bruce Smith accepting his win at Drunken Telegraph’s April show, “Hot Pursuit”
At every show, after our Main Stage storytellers, we invite the audience to take part in a Story Slam where they can share their own 5 minute story on the night’s theme. (If the story is really rolling, people can sometimes squeak past the clock.) Our audience votes for the winner with the highly calibrated (not) Human Applause-O-Meter. The winner gets a gift certificate to Tacoma’s King’s Books.
These are *some* of the stories from our April show, “Hot Pursuit”. Not everyone tale makes it to the web – another reason to make the live show!
The stories below aren’t edited. These are people speaking in the moment, moved to reveal their lives to strangers.
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Never much of an athlete, Megan Sukys drew on other talents during a mandatory all-camp game. Photo: Scott Haydon
Unable to talk her way out of the traditional Capture the Flag game at her first camp job, Megan Sukys had to look for other ways to stay competitive on the field. It wasn’t until she faced down her Camp Director, a competitive triathlete, that she found her secret weapon for speed.
CLICK ON THE TRIANGLE BELOW TO HEAR HER STORY (13:07)
Paul Currington ignored many signposts on the path to choosing life. Photo: Scott Haydon
Paul Currington spiraled into deep depression after a long-term relationship ended. Then, a failed suicide attempt led him to an array of unconventional – and often barely effective – support that kept him stumbling toward a new reason to live.
CLICK ON THE TRIANGLE BELOW TO HEAR HIS STORY (21:02)
Jean McCord went from writing a crime novel to toting her own gun as a deputy. Photo: Scott Haydon
Despite a childhood fear of law enforcement, at the age of fifty Jean McCord became the only female reserve deputy in Pierce County, Washington. On her second night, she found herself on the trail of a murder suspect.
CLICK ON THE TRIANGLE BELOW TO HEAR HER STORY (14:56)
Gene Ryan was always a “rule follower” – until he discovered his Paradise in Ecuador. Photo: Scott Haydon
After biking from Vancouver, B.C. almost all the way to Peru, Gene Ryan needed some time to rest. What was supposed to be a short stay in the Valley of Longevity, though, turned into an increasingly challenging pursuit of a little more time in his happy place.
CLICK ON THE TRIANGLE BELOW TO HEAR HIS STORY (15:01)
When her eight-year-old son asked for love advice, Kellie Richardson had to blaze her own path to good mothering. Photo: Scott Haydon
Kellie Richardson knew she would do things differently than her disco-queen-turned-housewife mom. And she seemed to succeed with her first child. Then, she had a son with the spirit of a caveman poet. His second-grade love pains forced her to redefine the image of perfect parenthood she had been chasing.
CLICK ON THE TRIANGLE BELOW TO HEAR HER STORY (19:37)
On the last day of his mall store job, Dean Burke skated the edge of law enforcement. Photo: Scott Haydon
Dean Burke was a competitive speed skater in his youth. That came in handy when he had to fulfill a rite of passage at the sporting good store where he worked, skating the mall in an American flag Speedo – and little else.
CLICK ON THE TRIANGLE BELOW TO HEAR HIS STORY (10:16)
Sometimes, you don’t know what you’re capable of until you find yourself running for your life. Going on the Big Chase, or being Chased, changes us. Tonight, we present six stories of Hot Pursuit and we’ve got a sold-out house (pretty impressive for a free show!) at Tacoma’s Broadway Center Studio III. If you didn’t get a chance to…
The chase for the next Drunken Telegraph show is almost over – but like most, the last part is the hardest! If you’ve requested tickets, the Broadway Center box office opens at 11am for wristband pickup. There are only 140 wristbands available – it’s first-come, first-served – talk about HOT PURSUIT!! Get your wristband early, so you don’t end up…