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May 25, 2015, Memorial Day Open Mic!

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May 11, 2015 Evening of Short Stories!

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Click here for more of the April Newsletter

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We are bummed to announce that tomorrow night’s UV Open Mic is CANCELED:(
But we’ll see you Monday, Feb 9th!

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Sooooo great to be back!
Bob and Stella, our father-daughter duo, brought their beautiful smiles, awesome energy and touching tales. David share his tales on mood swings. Yalitza shared an entry from the nostalgia from an old journal. We also met a new friend called Mary Catherine, whom we hope we will see again. We also had some cafe tenants that lingered around and smiled.
We introduced a new component of storytelling. Before the start of the event guests were asked to write out topics they would like to hear a true story about. At the closing of our readings, 3 volunteers, plus myself pulled out one of the suggested topics and told a 3 minutes true story. It was a real hit. A nice jovial way to bring the evening to a close.
I’m so delighted to be back. Here are some pics from our first night back!

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Click here for the rest of our January Newsletter! 

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It has been an interesting few months. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to…

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Still recovering from play festival….

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Check out our JULY Newsletter. Below is an excerpt from festival participants

Keith Johnston, Returning Festival Playwright

What is it about the Unboxed Voices Short Play Festival that has you coming back for more?
UV is a nonjudgmental, friendly, open-minded, professional organization that provides a safe space to explore, perform and mature as an artist.

What did you take away from your UV experience last year?
I was challenged to write, direct and perform in new environments and collaborate with very gifted artists.

What are you hoping to get out this experience?
Eventually I will have developed fully workshopped material that has been tested on real audiences.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone new to the festival, what would it be?
To get the best out of it relax, stay open and give all that you have because you cannot get hurt in a UV production.

What excited you most about the festival?
The level and varied of talent. UV is always diverse.

What are you hoping the audience gets from this experience?
Growth from another enjoyable experience that opens opportunities for artist to be seen, producers to expand and directors to practice.

Tom Block, New Festival Playwright
What made you want to be a part of the Unboxed Voices Short Play Festival?
The Unboxed Voices Short Play Festival offers an important chance to see my work produced in a premier venue, shared with other strong short plays.  The Krane Theater, in the heart of the downtown theater scene, is the perfect venue to explore a new piece.  Additionally, by sharing the stage with a number of other plays, I can learn more about how other writers approach this genre.

What are you hoping to get out of this experience with Unboxed Voices?
First and foremost, the chance to see the work come to life.  It is one thing to write a play, it is something else entirely to see it performed by quality actors in front of an audience. The audience’s reaction to the work can teach me as much as anything about the play, no matter what I or the actors think.

I also love the chance to see other playwrights working in the same space and format, to see how they create a story arc in the short span of 10 minutes.

If you could ask someone a question who has been involved with the Play Festival before, what would it be?
I’m always curious about the interaction among the participants at a festival such as this one — so I would ask what steps were undertaken by the organizers to facilitate these relationships?

What excited you most about the festival?
Seeing the work onstage in front of an audience for two glorious nights in July!

What are you hoping the audience gets from this experience?
In my work, I am trying to stretch the emotional register of the piece from humor and even absurdity to sadness and pathos, so I would like to see my audience have a full range of emotional experience.  In the best of cases, they will go from light-hearted laughter at the beginning of a piece of mine to tears by the end.

David Mitnowsky, Returning Festival Playwright

What is it about the Unboxed Voices Short Play Festival that has you coming back for more?
I’m a glutton for angst, stress , comradery and excellent work. Plus the thrilling experience of seeing something I wrote come to life.

What did you take away from your UV experience last year?
One of the black boxes. It’s now my couch.

What are you hoping to get out this experience?
A smooth tech/performance week.
Emerge a better writer.
Ideas for next year.
Fun.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone new to the festival, what would it be?
Be friendly and open and patient to everyone in the project.

What excited you most about the festival?
I get to work with friends.
I get to meet and work with new people.

What are you hoping the audience gets from this experience?
An evening that entertains or moves or shockes them.
A new or renewed interest in Unboxed Voices.

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Reflections on June 24th, 2014 Open Mic, by Kat Chua

About 3 hours before yesterday’s open mic I received an email from Artem, one-half of the evening’s featured performer. Before reading the email my breathing stop for a moment. I feared they were going to cancel. Knowing that our regular musician David Mitnowsky would not be there I feared that we’d have an empty house. This pang of fear is common for me on Open Mic nights. The format of uncertainty and spontaneity is nerve-racking.

Of course I was wrong about Artem, he and Antonia were just checking in (because that’s what responsible people do). My fears about the evening have always been for nil; things have always worked out and always better than expected. Last night was no different. The tone was set by the host with the most, Nick van der Grinten. His English swag was smooth and witty. We had a full house and had to turn folks away, which was difficult. We did however enjoy some new and returning acts: Artem and Antonia performed their ukelele-playing wedding singing characters, a combination of improv, audience participation, and silliness made for some great songs and funny stories. For the 3rd time Ciara Santos returned with her fierce poetry. Bob Milnes, aka Braxton Hicks, lured us with new lyrics as a solo musical talent. Our very own Lexy Nistico wrapped us with her poetic grace differentiating “being angry” and “having anger.” She was followed  by the booming words of Justin Serrano. Then Marissa Dooley, May’s Open Mic featured performer returned with her acoustic guitar and howling lyrics reflecting on college life. She was followed by the self-love themed words of Alanna Finn, who was then followed by veteran UV writer Rachel Castillo and her 100 sides of Gemini. Miladic MC then came to the mic and shook the walls of the cafe with his words. The famous Keith Johnston strummed his guitar and lip-smacking trumpet. Closing the evening, Artem and Antonia, still maintaining the imaginary world of being at a wedding as wedding singers took us out with some poignant, silly, and mayhem-making love songs.

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Review of Evening of Short Stories | June 9 | by Nick van der Grinten

We had a full house for our Evening of Short Stories this evening. Five women from around the globe read a wide variety of work.
The evening kicked off with Julia Strayer reading “The Theory of Everything”. She was followed by Ruth van der Grinten who shared some of her memoirs of her childhood during the Second World War in England. Lois Ann Abraham read “Mates” from “Circus Girl and Other Stories” – her latest published collection of short stories and Donna Finn read her autobiographical work “The Journey”. The evening ended with Sahar Muradi reading her work “The Things They Wait For” about her grandparents and family from Afghanistan.
As we chatted with the audience members at the end of the evening, we realized that they were as cosmopolitan as the writers, with people from around the world enjoying another great evening of voices being unboxed.

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Check out our June Newsletter!

Which includes: Youth Playwright Profiles

Leah, 14 from MS 51 (William Alexander Middle School)

What inspired you to write your play? 
My teacher gave everyone a single line and mine was “My mother says you’re a cancer and I can’t see you again.” I took it literally.

What do you do when you are not writing plays? 
I’m acting in plays and hanging out with friends.

Paul,16 from City College Academy of the Arts

What inspired you to write your play?
What inspired me to write my play was the experience that one gets when they arrive to a new place. It’s going into a new environment that has a different atmosphere than what somebody is used to. It’s sometimes good or bad. What also inspired me was whether somebody would let this new environment change them. I got the idea for this play while being inside an airport, where there are so many different types of people.

What do you do when you are not writing plays?
When I am not writing plays I like to sometimes draw. Most of the time I like to read.

Kari, 16 Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
What inspired you to write your play? 
A conversation I overheard on the train inspired the relationship between two characters and I continued building from there.
What do you do when you are not writing plays? 
When I’m not writing plays I’m listening to music, learning new languages, reading, studying theatre at school, or spending time with friends and family.

Jacob, 15, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

What inspired you to write your play? 
I was playing my favorite video game and I realized that it portrayed a certain faction in a good light so I wanted to see what it would be like to portray the same group in a bad air.What do you do when you are not writing plays? 
Doing homework, hanging out with my sisters and friends, watching GOT(game of thrones) every AMC show there has ever been, and reading published plays.
Bernice, 16 from City College Academy of The Arts
What inspired you to write your play?
I was inspired by grief and being afraid of letting go of loved ones. I have lost loved ones, but I was never able to say my goodbyes. I also talked to people who have lost people they care about and still can’t let go of them. I wanted to write a play that can be a tribute for the people I have lost as well as the people others have lost. In a sense I wanted the play to help the audience say goodbye to their loved ones and help them understand that it’s okay to move on and that saying goodbye to their loved ones does not mean that you will lose them forever because you will always have them in your heart.
What do you do when you are not writing plays?
When I’m not writing plays, which is rare, I like to watch movies, listen to music, watch videos, run around New York City, read books, go to the park, hang out with my family/friends, go out to eat and relax.
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Featured N.U.V. (NEW to UV): We met Ciara Santos at our April Open Mic. We were blown away by her words and the fact that it was her first time sharing at an open mic.


Here are a few words from Ciara:
Where are you from?
The Bronx
What do you enjoy writing about?
I enjoy writing about my life experiences and stuff I’m going through.
How did you hear about UV?
I heard about UV from an old friend.
What made you come back a second time!?
I came back because I beleve I have something to say and a story to tell. I may not be a public speaker but I know people relate to my poetry. It’s what I live for.

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It’s Sunday night and I’ve just finished dessert and watching a 16 year old play x-box one. A great way to end a productive day. Nick and I spent the day preparing for this year’s short play festival. He spent hours doing his ‘thang’ on the computer to produce a brilliant gif advert/postcard. I sat in gratitude of his enthusiasm to find solutions. I spent the day in email correspondence with playwrights and directors, looking over budgets, and the calendar. All this with the background of a silly dog and new x-box one energy. I can’t even believe how much time has past and how much we’ve done and all the things we want to do. To quote my friend Heather, ‘I’m living the dream.”

-kat (5/18/14)

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Open Mic Review by David Mitnowsky

On Tuesday April 29,  UB hosted their second open- mike night. It was a truly wonderful evening featuring an eclectic array of talented performers. Our featured performer was Rachel Blithe who  opened and closed the evening. Ms. Blithe delighted us with her unique style and musical props. Four performers delivered very personal and passionate spoken word pieces by Topaz ,Lexy, Chauncey, and Milad. Also performing for the first time we’re poets Ciara and Catherine who both pushed through their first time jitters and shared their beautiful and enlightening poems with us. We were also treated to two guitar and singing performances , Jon performed an original tune about the  hustle bustle of the city while David Mitnowsky and Ronald Divito sang their “hit”: a Paul Simon tune called The Boxer. Up-and-coming comedian Sam took the stage next – she just happened to be having coffee and signed up spontaneously! Rounding out the evening was the ever popular and talented J. Anthony Roman who read one of his stories. The uniqueness of personalities and materials made this evening delightful and not without a slight  touch of the bizarre.

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Check out our MAY Newsletter!

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A big thank you to all of the performers who came out for UV’s Open Mic Night!!! #unboxedvoices #nyc#newyork #thinkcoffee

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From the top: David Mitnowsky, Lexy Nistico, Jon Pierson, Ron Devito, J. Anthony Roman, Topaz, Rachel Blithe, Ciara Santos, Sam Turret, Catherine Montemarano, Chauncy Valasco, and Miladic MC

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Our 3rd Annual Ode to Poetry!

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Spending the day together for our first all day retreat! Generating idea for the next couple of years. Anything you guys want to see from Unboxed Voices? #unboxedvoices #nyc 

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Please support our UV Team member Lexy Nistico in running the NYC Marathon! Click here for more info!

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Check out our April Newsletter!

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Open Mic was a hit!

A special thanks to Marissa Duchowny

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Super excited about our NEWEST Project!UV open mic

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We had such a blast the 4th Annual Variety Show! Thank you Parskide Lounge!

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Click here to check out our March Newsletter!

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Click here to check out our FEBRUARY Newsletter! which includes…

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Of the many amazing things that UV has experienced the Milnes Duo was an unexpected delight. Since 2010 the father-daughter duo of Bob and Stella have been joining us once a month for our Evening of Short Stories. Rain or shine, Stella sick or not sick, the two are a staple part of our monthly event.

We would like to share Bob and Stella with the world because they are super awesome people. Here are some questions they answered (separately) about their time with UV:
How did you first hear about Unboxed Voices?
Stella: I remember hearing about it in 2010, when Kat began organizing the readings and spreading the word.
Bob: From Stella Milnes, my daughter, (poet/writer) and Livia Pantuliano, her mother. But I had heard about Kat Chua- teaching artist, long before that, from Livia and Stella.
What was your first impression? Has that idea changed for you over time?
Stella: I was deeply impressed by UV since the very start. The first time I went to a UV event, I knew I was in the right place with the right people. I love seeing how large it has grown with so much support and creative collaborations.
Bob: I was so happy to find such a welcoming creative bunch of writers, actors and musicians, presenting their work on a monthly basis.
You have both been coming back every month together, why have you decided to share this monthly experience together?
Stella: Going to UV with my dad has been a very enlightening experience, in ways I had never expected. We’d attend the readings together, and afterwards we’d have discussions about it. This was also around the time I had discovered that my dad had tons of beautiful poetry hidden away in notebooks that he had kept throughout his life.  After collecting and looking over them together, this led to him sharing some of his own old and new poetry at a UV poetry reading. We share ideas for new poems by email—sometimes we even text first drafts to each other. So, in a way, UV helped me realize where my poetic genes came
from!
Bob: I don’t think I would’ve ever read any of my own poetry in public, or acted, if it weren’t for Kat and UV. The experience has only grown in my mind to a much larger creative circle of artists and endeavors. UV is the tip of the iceberg! Well we are both artists. I’m totally thrilled and amazed to see and hear Stella perform her work in public: it’s always a surprise. I consider her a collaborator. And we both get so much from the experience. I owe it to her and her mom to have discovered UV. But mostly because I love Stella to bits.
What would you be doing the second Monday of every night if you didn’t have UV?
Stella: Wait…are you suggesting a world without UV!?
(Real answer: I honestly have no clue. Spending that extra hour writing, I’d hope.)
Bob: I’d be hunting to find something else creative, or a performing situation somewhere!!
Lastly… What’s your favorite drink at Think Coffee?
Stella: Well…their coffee, of course! I always buy a cup when I’m there. Can’t resist!
Bob: Favorite drink? Their Black Tea of course!

Come and listen to Bob play music at our March 8th Variety Show and come listen to Stella’s poetry on April 14th for UV’s Ode to Poetry.

We are thrilled to announce that Joseph Garel and  Alanna Ann Finn
have joined the UV team! 
Joseph Alexander Garel
I’m from a small neighborhood in the Bronx. A secluded patch of bushes in these big, bad woods. I’m a musician, actor, writer and an educator. What excites me about Unboxed Voices is the opportunity it creates for artists to express themselves, free of censorship or judgment. UV creates a platform for these artists to throw their stories and experiences into the ether, allowing them to dance into the hearts and minds of all in audience.
I’m truly appreciative for the chance I’ve been given to be a part of something that connects and expands communities the way UV does. I look forward to a future of connecting people with people, and empowering those people to use their own voices  – unboxed.

 
Alanna Ann Finn

Native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens, very grateful to be working with this group of enthusiastic and creative individuals. There is nothing more exciting than collaborating with people who share a common goal of creating something to share it with others.

I’m not sure if enough has happened to me in life just yet that would really warrant a book, but if someone were to write a very short book about my life, it would probably be some sort of dramedy titled “What’s Next?”
We’re hoping for a sequel.

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Click here to Check out our October Newsletter! which includes

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By Alanna Finn

I should start by telling you that I am not an actress. So, you can understand my confusion when I received an email from Kat Chua, the Director of Unboxed Voices, asking me to audition for a play in UV’s Second Annual Short Play festival. Against my better judgment, I said yes. And, well, after a painful 5 minute audition and a bad case of sweaty palms, I somehow got the part.

After the initial excitement of landing the role, Kat emailed me the script. The part called for a 20-something female in a relationship with her long term boyfriend. UV participant,  J. Anthony Roman, was cast as the boyfriend. I thought, “How hard could this be for someone, who was, in real life, a 20-something female in a relationship with her long term boyfriend?” Answer: pretty fucking hard. I would be one of just two people in this “short” play. Short can feel very long when you don’t know what the hell you are doing.

Rehearsals took place at Kat’s house in Brooklyn. It was a long train ride to her place from work, spent reading over my lines until I got there. I will spare you, again, the painful details of the first rehearsal. I’ll just say it ended with a lot of apologies, mostly for my inadequate ability to act paired with my complete inability to remember my lines. I felt like this was going to be the routine: play practice, humiliation, and a grand finale of apologies to both Kat and Anthony.

But, Kat had other plans.

I apologized for the last time as the first rehearsal session finally concluded. Kat pulled me aside and looked at me quite seriously. Her eyes slightly narrowed in on mine. I was a bit nervous, she had my attention. I thought she was ready to replace me. She began to speak in a hushed, but threatening tone. “Do not apologize. Stop apologizing.” I wanted to say sorry again, but I shut my mouth. Well, I didn’t have much of a choice, I wasn’t about to go against the director’s directions.

After a threat like that, you only have one option: not to let your team down. And that’s what it was; what we were: a team working towards the same goal.  Several rehearsals later, it began to feel like I was actually acting. The lines started to feel like my own words. The actions felt less like memorized awkward physical movements, and more like actual human interactions. I’m not sure if anything I did was acting, but it certainly felt like it was something.

The actual performance dates are more of a blur than anything else. I don’t remember much about being on stage, other than that the lights were really bright. I remember more vividly the time I spent with Anthony backstage, in a cramped space coupled with lot of nervous energy. We would whisper our lines back and forth to each other behind the curtain just before it was our cue to go on. Right before we hit the stage from opposite ends of the curtain, we’d give each other a thumbs-up through the darkness. Because that’s what teammates do before game time.

As I look back now, I realize the time on stage was just a bonus, a small percentage of my overall experience compared to the hours I spent at Kat’s house, and those small moments with Anthony backstage. It’s funny, I feel like while I was trying to learn how to be someone else on stage, I started to find pieces of my own self offstage.  It was never really about being in the spotlight; it was a culmination of what got us there. It was the work that went into something that started from absolutely nothing, Kat’s vision of what it could be, in her apartment in Brooklyn…and I feel like it turned out to be even better than we imagined. I often think, if magic exists at all in this world, it’s in there somewhere.

It’s been a little over three months since the lights came up on the stage that weekend, and I still find myself continuing my involvement with UV. Since saying “yes” to the short play festival, I like to think I made some long lasting connections, and have said “yes” to more opportunities I would’ve said “no” to in the past. I recently sat next to Kat when I went to see Anthony’s original play production of Locombia (great piece of work, by the way!)  Just before the lights went down and the show started, she asked me if I would write about my experience with UV for this month’s newsletter. I am not sure if this really encapsulates my entire experience with UV, or does it any justice, I just know that I don’t plan on saying “no” anytime soon, and I hope I continue to get the opportunity to say “yes”.

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Check out our SEPTEMBER Newsletter

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Check out the August UV Newsletter

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5 days to OPENING NIGHT of our Short Play Festival!

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12 Days to Opening Night!

Want to win 2 FREE TICKETS to UV’s 2nd annual Short Play Festival? Then show us some LUV!!!!

To be entered into our free ticket concert we’re asking our Facebook fans to post pictures of themselves on the Unboxed Voices Facebook Page holding a sign saying “I Luv UV.” Whichever picture gets the most likes by our other fans wins! So make sure to get all of your personal cheerleaders to LIKE our page too so they can vote for your pic!

Winners will be announced on Monday, July 22nd at noon. Good luck UV LUVers!

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Counting down! 17 days until Opening Night of our 2nd Annual Short Play Festival!

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Our 3rd Anniversary!

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Click here to view our JULY Newsletter!

Reflections By Rachel Castillo

In February 2011, the day before I was to read for the first time in the Unboxed Voices short story series, my uncle Herman died of heart attack. I remember that day clearly, finding out at work, hearing the strain in my father’s voice, holding the responsibility of informing my cousins that their father had passed away unexpectedly.

In the midst of that day, I remembered that I was to be in Brooklyn the following night to read a short story about growing up in Hell’s Kitchen in the 50s/60s. My first instinct was to cancel; no way could I pull it together to not only finish editing my story but to read it to a small intimate crowd in a cozy little lounge. My mind was too busy replaying the last few times I had seen my uncle, wondering how my grandfather was feeling having to now bury his second son, and my cousins, so many states away trying desperately to get to Connecticut while a storm raged in Kansas City.

Somewhere in the midst of all of that, two things pulled me to show up the following night. The first was my dear, sweet, kind, brilliant friend and co-worker Katherine Chua, the founder of Unboxed Voices. She works hard to create spaces where artists can come together and share their work, be themselves, make each other laugh, push each other to be better. Who could let down a person like that (plus, that face, who could let down a face like that??). The other pull was my Uncle Herman. He was, to put it lightly, a spirit on fire! Nothing, and I mean nothing, was impossible to my uncle. If a normal person took 2 hours to get from Danbury, Connecticut to Midtown, Manhattan, my Uncle took an hour and 15 minutes. Who had time to waste a whole 45 minutes! When I was induced with my son, who showed up at the end of my first day of labor to my complete and utter disbelief?? You guessed it, my Uncle Herman. Because of that spirit, I knew that I had to read my short story the following night. He would have wanted it no other way.

Reading that night, just as it has continues to be every time I participate in an Unboxed Voices event, was and is therapeutic. Let me clarify, I don’t mean therapeutic in a medicated, pay someone to listen to me kind of way. It is how, I believe, we were intended to truly heal, reenergize, therapize; in community with laughter, words, imagination, re-telling, and remembering. It is what I don’t have enough of in my life and what I am grateful for to all those who work so hard to put together Unboxed Voices opportunities for myself and others. Getting a chance to get lost in the stories of others: semi-nude joggers and nudist colonies; unrequited love; urban childhoods; sleep-away camps; helps me to step away from sometimes seemingly insurmountable challenges: finances; work; relationships; motherhood; and what sometime feels like the rat-race of life.

The recent Unboxed Voices Anthology is yet another one of those opportunities for which I am grateful. Seeing my story surrounded by the smart, haunting, hilarious, and rich stories of others helped me to feel a part of a community of people who also find writing and sharing to be an essential part of their being. If you haven’t picked it up…please do. And when you do take your time reading it; enjoy it; savor it. I choose those words because that is how my Uncle Herman saw life… as something worth enjoying and savoring… even if he did it a bit faster than others. He was definitely there the first time I read for Unboxed Voices..and I know he hasn’t missed any of the Unboxed Voices shows that I have read in after that. Who could blame him… he has great taste….

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July 8, 2013, 7:30pm-8:30pm at Think Coffee @ 1 Bleecker Street,  (on Bowery)

Join us for the 3rd Anniversary of Evening of Short Stories and Unboxed Voices! We will be featuring stories by Heidi Kleister, Gwen Deely, Mitch Levenberg, Stella Milnes,
Keith E. Johnston, David Mitnowsky, J. Anthony Roman, Kat Chua, Richard Ploetz
and Alanna Finn!

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June 10,  2013, 7:30pm-8:30pm at Think Coffee@ 1 Bleecker Street, (on Bowery)

Join us for Evening of Short Stories featuring Rachel Castillo, Dave Jacobs,
and Robin D’Amato . Music by David Mitnowsky. Hosted by Lexy Nistico!
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Featured S.U.V. 
Interview by Lexy Nistico
You might recognize our SUV of the month, Keith Johnston, from his various performances at Unboxed Voices events.  He has performed at multiple Variety Shows as well as an Evening of Short Stories.  He’s practically family! His musical talents are beyond remarkable.  From playing the guitar, congas, or even singing, Keith can really do it all.  I sat down with him recently to get a little insight on how his musical career began.
 
So Keith, just to start off, when did you first start playing music?
I was about seven years old. I was taking piano classes with my sister. But I really hated it because the instructor was so mean.  I kept asking my parents if I could play guitar instead. I didn’t really have a desire to play guitar but I was just looking for any way to get out of taking anymore piano classes. One Christmas I found a guitar underneath the tree and it all started from there. I took individual lessons for a while and then I stopped lessons after few years and just started playing by ear.
 
You didn’t like piano, but you seemed to stick with guitar.  Why is that?
I was incredibly shy. I was really petrified to talk to people. So when I got to play my guitar it almost acted as my voice. Playing music helped me speak.  Until I took an acting class later on in life which really help me break out of my shell.
 
After your youth, where did your musical talents take you?  
I played for various bands throughout the years. Then in the late 80’s I ended up being in the band for Lisa Lisa. That was a really great time in my life because I got to sing back up, play guitar, and travel all over the world and meet new people.
 
That sounds really amazing. So you played music for so many years, why do you keep playing?
Music is life. Music is a universal language. In every single country and every single part of the world you always find music. You will even find music in everyday life. Through the steps that you take, through the cries that you hear, there is music everywhere. It feeds my soul.
 
So what is next for you?
Well, at this point I feel like I’ve pretty much done everything that I wanted to do in my life. Right now I’m focusing on writing it all down. I’m working on writing an autobiography that will tell stories of all my experiences in life.
 
Please be sure to check out Keith’s website at www.kejarts.com.  Also, support the American Theatre of Harlem, one of the many side projects that Keith is a part of!  You can visit their website at www.americantheatreofharlem.org.

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May 13, 2013, 7:30pm-8:30pm at Think Coffee@ 1 Bleecker Street, (on Bowery)

Join us for Evening of Short Stories featuring Rose Fontanella, Monica Hope
and Robert Shattuck. Music by David Mitnowsky.
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Check our our May Newsletter!

Very Exciting!

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Unboxed Voices is thrilled to announce the playwrights for this year’s

2nd Annual Short Play Festival!
Drum roll please…..
Heide Arbitter, Farasha Baylock, Leila Buck, Kat Chua, Erica Ciccarone,
Keith E. Johnston, Heidi Kleister, David Mitnowsky, Sahar Muradi, Lexy Nistico,
Omar Perez, Richard Ploetz, and Najee Ritter.
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April Newsletter: Featuring at Interview of J. Anthony Roman by Lexy Nistico in anticipation for UV’s May 5th Evening with J. Anthony Roman at Culturefix and more! Click Here!

Watch his video!

ROMANFLYER

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April 15, 2013, 7pm-8pm at Think Coffee @ 1 Bleecker Street, (on Bowery)
Join us for an evening of Ode to Poetry, featuring Roberto C. Chavez, Priscilla Flores, Antonio Lyons, Robert Milnes, Stella Milnes, David Mitnowsky, Lexy Nistico, Edie Nugent and the one and only Rachel Rear!

…was a HIT!

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We are sad to announce that in light of Bar 82 closing at the end of March 2013, Unboxed Voices’ Evening of Short Stories will be moving venues. We are DELIGHTED to announce that we have found a new home at Think Coffee at 1 Bleecker, on the corner of the Bowery (aka 3rd Avenue). We hope to see you there on Monday, April 15th to celebrate Poetry Month and to celebrate a new partnership!

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March 9th, 2013

March UV Newsletter

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Unboxed Voices Variety Show 2013

Many thanks to the folks who came out to support last night’s 3rd Annual Variety Show/Kat’s Birthday Bash! It was a packed house! And of course THANK YOU to the wonderful performers! Brian Cichocki, Rachel Blithe, David Mitnowsky, Busty Kitten, Kat Sullivan & Julie Kathryn, Joseph Webb, Rose Fontanella, Keith E. Keith Johnston, Joseph Garel, Dorcas Evelene Dorcas Davis & Nick van der Grinten, and to the folks who volunteered services for the raffle (Keith, Julie, Krista Fogle, Marci Renee, Sweet Treats and Kelly Smith.) Of course thanks to the Staff of Unboxed Voices, Nick, David, and Lexy Nistico.

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Join us for an evening of Short Stories, featuring stories

Tracey Orick
Rachel Rear
David Mitnowsky
Nick van der Grinten
and Priscilla Flores!

March 18, 7pm-8pm at Bar 82 136 Second Avenue, East Village

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Ya’ll were amazing!

Below is a pre-show pic during sounds check. Click here for a couple of Video Clips 
Click here for more Variety Show Pictures

Variety Show 2013 Audience

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Unboxed Voices Anthology: Volume One!

Available for purchase at Unboxed Voices events at $15 or ONLINE

Featuring short stories by Mitch Levenberg, Rose Fontanella, Nayanda M. Moore, Michael Betza, M. Tracey Ober Jonathan Schaefer, Nick van der Grinten, Kat Chua, Rachel Castillo, Roberto C. Chavez, J. Anthony Roman, Stella Milnes, Priscilla Flores, David Mitnowsky, Gwen Deely, Keith E. Johnston, Lexy Nistico, April Gray Wilder, and Erica Ciccarone

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March 8, 2013 at Bar 82, 7:30pm!
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Performances by:

Brian Cichocki
Rachel Blithe
David Mitnowsky
Busty Kitten
Kat Sullivan & Julie Kathryn
Joseph Webb
Rose Fontanella
Keith E. Johnston
and more!

Hosted by Dorcas Evelene Davis & Nick van der Grinten

FREE EVENT!

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February 18th

Featuring stories by:
Monica Hope, Rachel Castillo, Julieanna Gray and Tracey Orick!

Bar 82, 7pm-8pm
136 2nd Avenue, btwn St. Mark’s and 9th Street
FREE Event

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Featuring stories by Robert Shattuck, Rachel Lin, Heidi Kleister and Mitch Levenberg!

Reminder Coming Soon: Unboxed Voices Anthology!

cropped-unboxed_box_170px.png Our first Evening of Super Short Shorts will be Monday, January 7th, 7pm-8pm at Bar 82! Featuring short scenes written by J. Anthony Roman, Ghana Leigh, Chris Harcum, Keith Johnston, Kat Chua and more! Free Event!

PLUS! Keep your eye out for the first volume of “Unboxed Voices Anthology”

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Evening of Short Stories for the 2013! at Bar 82, 7pm-8pm at 136 Second Avenue, East Village, off St. Marks.

MONDAYS:
January 21st
February 18th
March 18th
April 15th
April 29th
May 13th
June 10th
July 8th (3 year Anniversary!

More Events coming SOON!
2013 new year sparkler

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Join us on NOVEMBER 26th for an Evening of Short Stories at Bar 82 for Featuring works by

Larry Silberfein, Lexy Nistico and April Bacon!

And on DECEMBER 10th, 7pm-8pm, for an Evening of Short Stories at Bar 82 for Featuring works by David Mitnowsky, Erica Ciccarone, and Priscilla Flores!

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Tereza Lee, Nick van der Grinten, Gwen Deely, and Keith Johnston

FREE Event
Bar 82 at 136 Second Avenue, off St.Marks