The Telling Room presents

Show & Tell: A Literary Spectacular

Tue, May 9, 2023

State Theatre

Doors: 6:30pm - Show: 7:30pm - all ages

$65, $50, $35 - reserved seating

Buy tickets in person (without fees) at the State Theatre box office Fridays 10am-3pm, or the night of any show. The State Theatre box office will open 1 hour before doors night of show.

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Show & Tell Portland

The Telling Room Presents Show & Tell: A Literary Spectacular

Show & Tell is The Telling Room’s annual 90-minute literary variety show, featuring authors and musicians from Maine and beyond as they share their stories alongside The Telling Room’s young writers. Produced and directed by Sean Mewshaw, Show & Tell 2023 will be emceed by comedian Mo Awale and DJ Mosart212, and features storytelling by acclaimed authors Weike Wang and Lynn Steger Strong; performances by Telling Room Students & Alumni; and a musical guest appearance by Olas. All proceeds from this event go towards supporting The Telling Room’s free, nationally-recognized writing and publishing programs for youth.

Sponsored by: Allagash Brewing Company, Bernstein Shur, Bread & Butter Catering Company, cPort Credit Union, Canopy by Hilton Portland Waterfront, Coffee by Design, Dead River Company, Down East Magazine, the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein, Machias Savings Bank, Martin’s Point Healthcare, the State Theatre, Pierce Atwood, Po’ Boys & Pickles, Print: A Bookstore, Pulp + Wire, Radiology Professionals, Transformit, Verrill, Vitalius Real Estate Group, WEX, and WMPG.

Talent Bios:

Mo Awale is a newer voice in the Maine Comedy scene. Born in Kenya, but raised in Portland,ME, Mo’s struggle to fit in has become his greatest asset in comedy. His comedy drifts between new and old personal stories and his particularly awkward angle on them.

Mo “mosart212” Nuñez is a producer/dj/educator/activist. Mo has been djing for over twenty years. He is the host of the podcast Symphony Sessions.

Olas is a band of musicians and dancers heavily influenced by traditional flamenco, expressed through a musical blend of American folk, rock, and Latin American sounds, palmas, original Spanish verse, and contemporary flamenco choreographies. Their work includes both original song and dance pieces as well as celebrated flamenco and Latin American covers and celebrates the power and importance of music and dance. Olas claims no one genre or tradition but strives to honor music and dance as passionate, expressive mediums. They create, congregate and play for the love of playing. The members of Olas are:

Molly Angie – voice, cajón, palmas
Lindsey Bourassa – dance, palmas, voice
Anna Giamaiou – voice, palmas
Megan Keogh – dance, palmas, voice
Aleta Krajewski – voice, palmas
Leif Sherman-Curtis – guitar, voice, palmas
Suzanna Angie Sutherland – voice, palmas
Chriss Sutherland – lead vocals, guitar, palmas
Kaya Teret – dance, palmas, voice

Lynn Steger Strong is the author of the novels Hold Still, Want, and Flight. Her non-fiction and criticism has appeared in The New York Times, The LATimes, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, and elsewhere. She teaches at Columbia University and Bates College.

Weike Wang is the author of Chemistry (Knopf 2017) and Joan is Okay (Random House 2022). She is the recipient of the 2018 Pen Hemingway, a Whiting award and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares and The New Yorker, among other publications. She is in the 2019 Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prizes. She earned her MFA from Boston University and her other degrees from Harvard. She currently lives in New York City and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and Barnard College.

Sean Mewshaw is a film and stage director. He cut his teeth in Los Angeles, working on movies such as Gangs of New York and Remember the Titans, and directing his own short films featuring the likes of Frances McDormand and Tony Hale, before moving to Portland to direct a feature written by his wife Desi Van Til: Tumbledown, starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis. It won awards for Best Film and Best Director at the Savannah Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the Napa Film Festival, and went on to screen in theaters nationwide. Sean’s theater productions in Portland include True West, Constellations, and Killer Joe, all at SPACE Gallery.

Please note that this program may contain some adult themes and language. We encourage parents to use discretion.