I’m a huge fan of This American Life. If you aren’t familiar, it’s a radio show produced by Public Radio International and syndicated across the country on public radio stations and downloadable by podcast. This American Life (TAL) is an expert when it comes to great storytelling.
Back in 2009, TAL hosted a live version of the show and beamed it via satellite to theaters across the United States and Canada. Unfortunately I missed it, but I have a DVD of it for making a donation to Chicago Public Radio.
So it was with great delight that I heard TAL is doing it again! This Thursday, May 10, TAL will perform an episode at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York and broadcast it around the country and in Canada at select theaters. The show will be at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST or 7:00 p.m. MST/8:00 p.m. PST.
According to TAL’s website, “the show will feature stories by Ira Glass, writers David Sedaris and David Rakoff, comic Tig Notaro and Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington, plus live music by OK Go. It’ll also include things you could never do on the radio, like a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, original animation, projected illustration and more. Plus special surprise guests.”
My husband and I have our tickets, and I am giddy with anticipation. If you are a fan of TAL, you can find out how to get tickets here. And if you aren’t yet a fan, I think the live show would be a great introduction.