Long-running storytelling night relocates to Brooklyn

Long-running storytelling night relocates to Brooklyn
Photo by Anya Garrett

In a city as neurotic as New York, it was only a matter of time before therapy became the topic of a storytelling night.

Long-running storytelling show the How I Learned Series is relocating from Manhattan to Brooklyn on June 25 — and its first event in its new home at Union Hall will feature a string of tales about storytellers’ experiences on the couch.

“Ask New Yorkers if they have been to therapy and the answer is usually yes,” said comedian and writer Selena Coppock, who will be one of the featured performers. “Therapy is relatable and puts the storyteller in a position to speak about self-analysis and self-discovery.”

Coppock — who has also performed at storytelling events such as the Moth Story Slam, Risk!, and Stripped Stories — plans to tell the tale of the depressive aftermath of a bachelorette party and how she turned to therapy to get through it.

The most important element of entertaining storytelling, said Coppock, is to balance the amount of comedy and poignancy.

“The audience can get on board with you when there is a point of poignancy or sadness or candor, especially if it is unflattering for you,” she said.

The How I Learned Series was created in 2009 by Park Slope storyteller and photographer Blaise Allysen Kearsley, who said she is thrilled to bring the show to her home borough.

“I think Union Hall is the best place for us right now. The show will be there every month for the rest of the year, and potentially thereafter,” said Kearsley. “I’m pretty excited about it. Also, I live like, seven blocks away.”

“How I Learned There Might Be Some Issues” at Union Hall [702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400, www.unionhallny.com]. June 25 at 8 pm, $6–$10.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at [email protected] or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.