Fewer than two weeks and only about 50 tickets remain for the Feb. 2 show of True Stories - Live! We've got a fantastic lineup of storytellers you don't want to miss. Not only that, but Lincoln's only Zipline brew will be on tap for the event.
The theme of the night is "Second Chances." Who among us deserves a second chance more than the men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan (and their families back home)? For that reason, the net proceeds from the Feb. 2 True Stories -Live! will go to the Lincoln Community Foundation's veterans support programs.
Lincoln's newest (and finest) craft brewery has become the inaugural sponsor of TRUE STORIES - LIVE! Thanks to the capital city's own Brave New Brew! Zipline is available on tap at Old Chicago and a number of other local watering holes.
Wesaam Al-Badry photo
Former death row inmate Curtis McCarty will be among the speakers at True Stories - Live "Second Chances" on February 2. McCarty was exonerated in 2007 after serving 19 years on death row in Oklahoma for a murder he did not commit. He was convicted twice and sentenced to death on three separate occasions based on evidence that included testimony from a forensic examiner later fired for forensic fraud. McCarty was freed after the Innocence Project showed his DNA did not match evidence found at the crime scene. McCarty lives in Lincoln. He has yet to receive any compensation -- or an apology -- from the state of Oklahoma.
Rick Stempson, screenwriter for the 2009 Jeremy Piven-Ed Helms-Will Farrell movie The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, has joined the roster of storytellers for the Feb. 2 TRUE STORIES - LIVE! When he isn't writing, Stempson is a tennis pro at the Lincoln Racquet Club. Stempson and writing partner Andy Stock also penned the comedy Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach.
Wesaam Al-Badry, a storyteller in the upcoming True Stories - LIve! "Second Chances," was featured this week on Huffington Post. The next True Stories - Live! is scheduled at the Haymarket Theatre for February 2. Tickets go on sale October 2. Check the blog in the coming weeks for more news of storytellers.
Lincoln criminal trial lawyer John Stevens Berry Sr. has agreed be a storyteller at the second TRUE STORIES - LIVE! John is a decorated Vietnam veteran who has tried a wide variety of cases, from murder to the largest drug bust in the history of Japan.
True Stories - Live! is proud to announce the first speaker for a storytelling encore Feb. 2 at the Haymarket Theatre -- Lincoln photographer Wesaam Al-Badry. The theme of the night is "Second Chances." Al-Badry's stunning black and white photographs of the first True Stories - Live! appear on this website. When he was seven, Wesaam and his family fled Iraq during the first Gulf War. They spent six years in a Saudi Arabia refugee camp before coming to the United States. You can read more about Wesaam in this story published today on the Common Ground News Service or at the Lincoln Journal-Star. You can also visit his site at wesaamphoto.com.
Tickets for the next True Stories - Live! go on sale on October 2. The theme is "Second Chances." This can be literal of figurative. If you know anyone in Lincoln (and vicinity) who would make a good storyteller, please give me a head's up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars. True Stories - Live! returns to the Haymarket Theatre on Feb. 2 with a new lineup of storytellers. The theme of the night: "Second Chances."