Who says it’s bad manners to kiss and tell?
Jefferson Bites’s true story telling series Spill! invites the adventurous and the unafraid to tell their own tales of queer romance and sex.
The confessional show is an offshoot of Bare, which Bites came up with by combining the spoken word-style performances made famous by the Moth with his own blog about the “life of a parent, and pervert, in New York City.”
There’s only one requirement: everyone must tell the truth.
“When I offer advice to the performers, I tell them ‘Your story doesn’t have to be raunchy, but you can feel comfortable saying what you want to say,’ ” said Bites, who uses a pseudonym for his performances and writing.
Booked for the February edition of Spill! is J. La Londe, a comedian and storyteller who often focuses on his family tree, which “if you had it, you’d try to hang yourself from it, but you couldn’t because it’s not sturdy enough.”
The story he will tell is about his mother, who sold lingerie by hosting parties at his house.
“As a puberty-stricken boy, I would put my ear to the wall and listen to these housewives who are trying to spice up their marriages,” said La Londe. “I’ll discuss how that has affected my life.”
Spill! usually follows the structure of one musical guest, four or five curated performers, and at least one open mic performer.
“The person spontaneously doing the open mic might be someone I know or might just be someone who got a hair to tell a story,” said Bites. “We’ve heard some great stories come out of the audience.”
The best part of the show, said Bites, is the close-knit, sex-positive community that’s growing out of all that over-sharing.
“It feels a little like a movement,” said Bites. “Socializing afterwards is highly encouraged.”
Spill! True Stories of Queer Sex, Desire and Romance at Public Assembly [70 N. Sixth St., between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 384–4586, publicasse
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