Tag Archives: Telling Project


17 Apr

Hello Readers! I am pleased to announce that we now have official “Telling: Austin” flyers! Please print them out, hand them out, share them online, pin them around town or on your bedroom wall. They’re a great way to get the word out, and, as you can see, they look pretty cool too. We also have an official press release. Leave a comment if you would like to receive a copy of it for your local newspaper, radio station, etc.

Also, today our own cast member Leila Levinson published an article about “Telling: Austin” on the Huffington Post blog. It is so fabulous to have a cast member who is an online contributor to such a great newspaper and an incredible honor to be a part of this story. In Leila’s article, “Time to Listen to Veterans Tell Their Truths,” she offers a first-hand depiction the Telling process and its impact on herself, her fellow cast, and the Austin community. You can enjoy her post here.

And remember, there’s only eight days left until opening night. While the cast and crew are busy with rehearsals, you can do your part too by RSVPing to the show, sharing this blog with your friends, and donating to the Telling Project.

Thanks for reading!



1 Apr

Hello readers!

With opening night only 24 days away, we have made an event page on Facebook with all the performance details, including showtimes and dates, maps to the locations, and much more. Admission will be free, but the experience will be priceless. And I promise that’s no April Fool’s joke. So, I expect all of Central Texas to be lined up for seats when the doors open!

Click on the picture below to access the Facebook event page. Please RSVP to the event and share it with your friends!


13 Mar
TP_castandcrew2Cast & Crew, left to right: Stacey Shade-Ware (Director), Jennifer Hassin (Cast), Steve Metze (Cast), Laura Muncy (Cast), Leila Levinson (Cast), Regina Vasquez (Cast), Laura Hammons (Cast), Schandra Madha (Production Assistance and Blogger), Charlotte Gullick (Writer), and Jonathan Wei (Writer and Creator of the Telling Project). Not shown, but there in spirt: Chris Leche (Writer), Malachi Muncy (Cast), and Anisa Moyo (Cast)

Last Thursday, March the Seventh, Telling: Austin hosted a cocktail party to raise funds and community awareness for the upcoming performances in April and May. I am pleased to announce that the event was a huge success! Many, many thanks to all those who attended or made a donation. Due to your generous support, we were able to raise nearly $2,500 to put towards production costs.

Thursday night’s highlights included, but were not limited to:

  • A full house with a great atmosphere.


  • Delectable food, an open bar, and plenty of great conversation.
    A big thank you to Tito’s  for donating two handles of vodka, which our bartender used to make some delicious Dark & Stormies and Cosmopolitans, yum!


  • A ton of great silent auction and raffle prizes.
    Special thanks to our own Jennifer Hassin for donating her beautiful guitar sculpture “Music Around the World” for Thursday’s silent auction, and to Leila Levinson for donating two signed copies of her book Gated Grief. Elyse Fenton generously donated a signed copy of her poetry collection Clamor for our raffle, as well. Many thanks to Snap Kitchen, Dominican Joe Coffee Shop, and Laughing Goat Studio for their gift card donations. And a big thank you to Melinda Rothouse for her writing workshop donation. We also raffled a lovely wine basket put together by our gracious hosts, Jonathan Wei and Caroline Morris.


  • A photo reel of the cast’s service and family pictures.


  • And, of course, lots of laughs.


If you missed out on the festivities, don’t fret! We are still raising funds to make sure that we are able to offer “Telling: Austin, TX” free of charge, and we can’t do that without your support. You can donate to the Telling Project here. You can also help us by getting the word out: share this post on Facebook, follow the blog, Tweet about it, email your friends about the project, or just tell the guy sitting next to you on the bus.  The more the better!

And, of course, mark your calendars with all six performance dates: April 25-27, May 2-4. The cast did their first read-through of the script today, and I can tell you, this is going to be a performance you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned for more updates!


Many Thanks for Your

Generous Support


Have a Lovely Spring

A Dancer’s Tour of Duty

14 Feb

Please click the photo above to read this month’s cover story of The Village Voice, “A Dancer’s Tour of Duty,” by Roman Baca as told to Jonathan Wei (the creator of the Telling Project.) This is a truly uplifting story illustrating the transformative power of the arts, exactly the kind of power the Telling Project strives to accomplish.

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10 Feb


Today was our first rehearsal for Telling: Austin, and it was an astounding success. After connecting for so long only by email or one-on-one meetings, it was fantastic to have (most of) the cast and crew together at last in one room–a room kindly provided by Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus as our regular rehearsal space. Scripting is still currently in progress, but in the mean time our rehearsals will be focused on developing performance skills and presence. These initial rehearsals will be essential for getting the cast comfortable with an audience and, equally crucial, us and one another. Stacey Shade-Ware, our marvelous director, led all of us, crew included, in a number of vocal exercises and games meant to encourage a cohesive energy within the group. Once the scripting process is complete, our rehearsals will shift towards editing and performing the final script. Today was very productive, very encouraging, and tons of fun. I know this is going to be a great cast.


In other news, one of our cast members, Malachi Muncy, is an artist who makes paper from donated military uniforms and uses them for his art prints. He is doing really profound work in his community and offering workshops on paper-making. Please click the flag above to learn more about the process and donate to his cause. In one day, he’s earned over $500 in pledges towards his goal of $2,500. These donations will be used to buy much needed supplies for his paper studio. The more you pledge, the more amazing veteran prints you can get. If the studio does not reach it’s pledging goal by March 9, they will not receive the donations they need.


9 Feb

Yes, you. And bring a friend too.

Thursday March the 7th, Telling: Austin will be holding a fundraising cocktail party to increase public interest and, of course, to raise funds for the performance. To attend, please click the invitation above to purchase your ticket. There will be fun, frivolity, good company, and refreshments. Your presence, positive energy, and generous donations will be the driving force behind us on the home stretch towards opening night.

I hope to see you there.


20 Jan

What an exciting day for Telling: Austin! We were lucky enough to have the crew of CreativeChaos vmg film one of our last interviews for their feature length documentary, Thank You for Your Service (in production), “about America’s treatment of Veterans and the culture and politics behind the failure to successfully reintegrate returning soldiers into society.” The Telling Project, Telling: Austin will be featured in the film, and we’re all really thrilled to be a part of their project.

To learn more about Thank You for Your Service and CreativeChaos vmg, visit: