On December 12, it appeared Speak Easy was back for good. Then Omicron got involved and the January 9th show was cancelled. February was looking hopeful but then Covid saw its shadow and another six weeks of social distancing was declared. Finally, this past Sunday (3/13/2022), Speak Easy made it’s second return with eight readers and a sold-out audience. In an unplanned departure from previous shows, this one was devoid of prose-fiction. Instead, along with two poems, the rest of the content was memoir, which seemed appropriate since the majority of the readers were at one time or another cast members of Listen To Your Mother Rochester, the annual fundraising event featuring true stories of mothers and motherhood. The audience appreciated the readings and the cocktails, and everyone seemed happy that things were — at least for an afternoon — somewhat back to normal.
For the second time, the show was recorded so those who were unable to snag tickets can stream it on demand. If you want to check it out, you can purchase a streaming ticket through March 28.
Next Up: It’s Speak Easy: The Poetry Show! For the first time, we’re checking the prose and memoir at the door and going with all poets! Check out our website for more info and tickets.
Lineup for Speak Easy No. 3, Sunday 3/13/2022 at Cheshire:
- Change of Heart — Christine Green
- These are the Good Old Days — Hope Herting
- Yes — Evvy Fanning
- Threes — Mary Brzustowicz
- True Detective — Jane Knickerbocker
- Ghosts in the Nursery — Sarah E. Webb
- Vice — Michael Mercado-Soto
- Leaf It — Bonnie Jaeckel
Special thanks to Tony Ruffo for all his technical wizardry and mad production skills, Rob Shelton for camera work and gaffing, Kevin Watt for capturing our souls, Ekendra Dasa for our awesome theme, and Tara Shelton for popcorn and door duty!
Download the program from this show here.
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