I got to write about one of my favorite things, stories and storytellers, at NOLA.com this week.
Imagine a one-room church tucked into a quiet block. The outside is daffodil yellow. On a plain concrete driveway, members of the congregation line up before service. But this is an unorthodox type of church: some members mix gin and tonics standing on the sidewalk. Some stamp out cigarettes with their Mary Janes. Some know each other well enough to embrace, and some only smile shyly at the crowd. They are all here, though, for one reason. They all believe.
They are devoted to the power of story.
Sophie Johnson, one of the co-founders of Shipwrecked, calls the storytelling showcase a ”celebration of the human condition.” After attending several shows, and listening to many of the program’s podcasts and satellites, I’d wager that the 100 or so lucky people who cram into The New Movement on Sunday (May 12) would agree. And as with any good celebration, there will be cake.
And for the unlucky—can you imagine a church where you actually have to turn people away?—there is a salve. Each episode is recorded live at The New Movement and produced as a podcast, released later that month. (Plus, as Anna Shults reports at NolaVie, even the people who are turned away get a cookie and a sticker.)
Advance tickets for Sunday’s show sold here.