‘Off-season’ stories sought

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — An Island Story Slam lead-up competition is set for Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

The theme of this year’s competitions is “off-season.” Anyone with a story to tell on that theme is welcome to participate. Stories will be told on stage, may run the gamut from absurd to inspirational, and must be true, personal, less than 6 minutes long and told without notes.

Three winners from this first round will move on to the main stage event at The Criterion Theatre on March 10 to compete against winners from other towns for $500. A second lead-up is to be held at the College of the Atlantic.

The lead-up competition is free and open to the public. Call the library at 244-7065.

This local take on the model popularized by the Moth Podcast features Downeast residents telling their best stories live on stage. Stories will run the gamut from absurd to inspirational, and they’ll all be true.

Visit the Island Story Slam Facebook event page for more details. All finalists will get to perform on the Criterion stage, and the story slam champion will receive a cash prize. Email [email protected]

All tickets for the slam finals cost $15. Balcony seats are by reservation, orchestra tickets are general admission. Visit criteriontheatre.org.

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is Bar Harbor’s nonprofit historic performing arts and movie house.

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