Speaking from first-hand experience is a narrative style that's the hallmark of many 21st-century art forms. In this episode of Spark, see how Bay Area artists are making the form uniquely theirs.
Begin with the kind of stories that won't put you to sleep as you'll discover with Porch Light, a monthly revue in which storytellers walk an emotional tightrope on stage, spilling their guts in front of a live audience.
In our second story, visit students at Tamalpais High School who are learning the fine art of documentary theater, a form that now dominates American drama. We follow their production from first interview to finished performance as they document the history of protest in the Mill Valley community.
Finally, we'll go backstage with comedian and actress Marga Gomez as she workshops a new one-woman show based on her experiences growing up in an ambitious show-biz family.
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Learn about documentary theater from Tamalpais High School's Conservatory Theater Ensemble.
Hit the San Francisco club scene at one of Porchlight's monthly storytelling revues.
Visit Marga Gomez at The Marsh as she discusses her transitions between the worlds of stage comedy and Hollywood.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
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"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
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