Secret’s Out: New Year Spectacular Recap

Whether or not if it’s a secret between friends, spouses or one we keep to ourselves, the secrets we keep and share can ultimately reveal something about us and our humanity. Nearly 200 guests found out how little secrets can have a big impact in our lives at Alverno’s Pitman Theater for our New Year Spectacular with the theme “Our Little Secret.” This special, curated event featured various storytelling formats, and each teller had 10-minutes to share.

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"Change of Heart" at Sugar Maple. Photo by Art Montes

Change of Heart Recap

When February arrives, it will be impossible to escape the talk about matters of the heart. Before the Valentine’s flood begins, we gathered for the first story slam of 2017: Change of Heart. On Tuesday, January 10th, we met at Sugar Maple to talk about the sweet and sticky situations that arise during a change of heart.Continue reading “Change of Heart Recap”


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Perfect Storm – Recap

December 14th–The first true breath of Wisconsin winter. The Wind Chill blew a bitter, bone-chilling cold, which seemed to only embolden the Ex Fabula audience to bundle up and face Old Man Winter for our December StorySlam (and the last of 2016), “Perfect Storm.”

As the crowd meandered into the Times Theater, there was an electricity in the air. While holiday tunes played overhead, strangers and friends chatted as audience members freed themselves from their protective layers and settled in for a night of love, laughter and loss.Continue reading “Perfect Storm – Recap”


Recap: It’s Complicated

Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, male or female, there’s no better phrase than “it’s complicated” to describe the mixed emotions Americans have felt over the last couple of weeks. And while many emotions come into play – surprise,  frustration, and more – November’s “It’s Complicated” StorySlam reminded us that complications are part of our lives, for better and for worse.

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Hidden StorySlam Recap

It was a perfect autumn evening with a warm breeze and a large harvest moon hanging low in the sky as fans and friends passed through the doors of the Milwaukee Public Museum. Audience members received the rare opportunity to explore the Museum after-hours, taking a stroll through The Streets of Old Milwaukee and other exhibits before settling in for a night of moving stories that made us laugh, cry and cheer.

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Doors Open Slam Recap

Milwaukee: home to some since childhood, while brand new to others. If there’s one thing people can agree on, though it’s that Milwaukee is special. At least that was the consensus during the Doors Open Milwaukee StorySlam on Saturday evening at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society. Ex Fabula teamed up with Historic Milwaukee for a series of Milwaukee-inspired stories from a hand-picked group of tellers and a common thread could be heard: you don’t have to attend Doors Open Milwaukee to see the openness this city offers year-round.

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Risking It Recap

What comes along with end-of-summer barbecues and the back to school season? Well, the Ex Fabula season, of course! Our Season 8 opener, ‘Risking It’, took place Thursday evening in Bronzeville.  Stories have a way of coming full circle, and so do season openers; we opened our Season 7 StorySlam at Garfield’s 502, too.

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ALL STARS 2016: Game Changer Recap

The end of the season…..already? Yes, its true. On Saturday, Ex Fabula concluded another spectacular season with the annual ALL STARS StorySlam.  Locals filled the Pitman Theatre to hear fresh, ten-minute true, personal tales from this season’s Audience Favorites relating to the evening’s theme Game ChangerContinue reading “ALL STARS 2016: Game Changer Recap”


Forgotten:Recap

Mother Nature, did you forget that it’s spring? While we continue to navigate the fluctuating weather patterns, locals packed into the Times Cinema on Tuesday evening for true, personal stories relating to the theme of Forgotten’.Continue reading “Forgotten:Recap”


American Song StorySlam with the Milwaukee Rep

Photos courtesy of the Milwaukee Rep

We are a society in despair yet so full of promise. Communities separated by a common thought: survival. On Tuesday April 5, an intimate crowd of about 115 was treated to true, personal stories and poetry inspired by themes explored in The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s World Premiere Production of American Song. Megan McGee took the helm preparing and reassuring the crowd throughout the evening as storytellers tackled issues pertaining to parenting, anti-violence and racism.

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