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Stories about heartache, awkward moments and discovering who we are, taken from recordings of live performances at the storytelling series Long Story Short at 3S Artspace.

For over five years, Beth LaMontagne Hall has hosted the series featuring stories from professional writers, performers, and people who have no public speaking experience at all. The stories may be unpolished, but they are always honest. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking (usually a little of both) Long Story Short aims to bring stories from average people to the stage in hopes of making the world a little closer.

Long Story Short Beth LaMontagne Hall

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Stories about heartache, awkward moments and discovering who we are, taken from recordings of live performances at the storytelling series Long Story Short at 3S Artspace.

For over five years, Beth LaMontagne Hall has hosted the series featuring stories from professional writers, performers, and people who have no public speaking experience at all. The stories may be unpolished, but they are always honest. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking (usually a little of both) Long Story Short aims to bring stories from average people to the stage in hopes of making the world a little closer.

    Close to You - Episode 14

    Close to You - Episode 14

    If there's one thing we've learned since March 2020, it's that humans need human contact. When we're feeling alone or disconnected, stories help bridge that gap and bring us closer together. Stories are also essential to memory and legacy and help us celebrate what we love about the people who are no longer with us. 
    In this episode are two joyful stories of remembrance. The first from Chuck McMahon, Content Director of Tiny Bully agency in NH, author and former reporter, who talks about becoming a father in a way I rarely hear men do. The second story is from Jessica Bacon, a long-time Long Story Short participant who honors her brother on what would have been his 49th birthday with a collage of stories about his mischievous spirit and love for cars. If you appreciate classic vehicles, you've gotta catch this one.
    If you like our show, please subscribe, rate and review! You can also find us @longstoryshort3s on Instagram.
    To learn more about Long Story Short and sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

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    • 41 min
    We've Got Some Big News - What's Ahead for Long Story Short

    We've Got Some Big News - What's Ahead for Long Story Short

    We've got big news, including new episodes dropping this fall and winter. If you've been missing stories from us, make sure to check out the new episodes with archival stories from some of the most popular shows, as well as new interviews with writers, photographers, podcasters and even a mystic oracle. There's more in this little minisode, so make sure to give a quick listen to hear about all we have planned.

    While you're at it, check out the new Long Story Short logo, designed by Amy Jane Larkin, a LSS Advisory Board member and graphic artists with And How, an Arundel, Maine-based 3D animation and graphics design studio. Learn more at: https://madebyandhow.com/

    We've also got a live show coming up on September 8 at 7pm at 3S Artspace. To get tickets and learn more, give a listen, and then go to https://www.3sarts.org/

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    What Could Go Wrong - Ep 13

    What Could Go Wrong - Ep 13

    Have you ever sat down in class only to realize you forgot there's a test that day? Or decided to show off your water skiing skills (despite never being on them) and fallen flat on your face? What Could Go Wrong is a meme for a reason - everyone's been caught off guard trying to fake it until they make it. In this episode, we have two stories about diving into a situation only to realize they are in way over their heads.

    First is Heather Armitage, a library and hilarious storyteller who launches this teen drama about disobeying parents off with a bang. Her story was recorded live at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH as part of the September 2019 show, Breaking All the Rules. 

    Next is Tristan Law, a LSS Advisory Board member and talent booker in New Hampshire. Before he was booking national acts at some of oldest and most popular music venues in the state, he was a bartender - which is fodder for many stories right there. If you've ever had a nightmare about entering a room completely unprepared, this story is for you.

    If you like our show, please subscribe, rate and review! You can also find us @longstoryshort3s on Instagram.

    To learn more about Long Story Short and sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/


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    • 32 min
    Another Minisode! - June 2021

    Another Minisode! - June 2021

    There are some great events coming up in June, including another Long Story Short live show. But that's not all. There are storytelling events around New England and beyond that celebrate diverse voices and explore identity in honor of both Pride Month and Juneteenth. Give a listen and if you're looking for more info, check out the links we've included here.

    Long Story Short live show at 3S Artspace - SOLD OUT! - But virtual tickets still available at https://www.3sarts.org/

    The Moth Virtual Story Slam: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eastern-virtual-storyslam-rhythm-registration-146794266603?_ga=2.149402166.1098958053.1621987323-1685510138.1620154924

    Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival: https://flatwatertales.com/

    Black History Trail Juneteenth 2021: https://www.facebook.com/events/black-heritage-trail-of-new-hampshire/juneteenth-2021-art-of-the-story-exploring-how-dna-powers-a-changing-narrative/495019428514881/

    Life's a Drag: https://www.3sarts.org/


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    At Your Service - Ep. 12

    At Your Service - Ep. 12

    The live stories are back! We've got two stories about the ins and outs of serving others. Whether it's the service industry or the health care industry or elder care, it takes a special temperament to provide great service. 

    The episode features Dagan Migirditch, co-owner of Liar Bench Brewing Company, based in Portsmouth, NH and Larry Clow, a writer, editor and frequent trivia champion. Both are exceptional writers whose talent shines through in their storytelling style and comedic timing.

    Dagan's story is from the 2015 show "The Waiting Game" and Larry's story is from the 2016 show "Past Lives."

    To learn more about Long Story Short and sign up for email alerts about upcoming live shows, go to https://longstoryshortpod.com/

    For tickets to the June 9 live show at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, got to https://www.3sarts.org/






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    Stories With Puppets: Interview With Pat Spalding - Ep. 11

    Stories With Puppets: Interview With Pat Spalding - Ep. 11

    Beth talks with storyteller, performer and former puppeteer Pat Spalding, one of the people behind the storytelling series True Tales Live. They discuss Pat's early days of telling stories through puppets, monologue-style storytelling, and how Covid has her writing all new material. This episode is chock full of wisdom about crafting and rehearsing stories for the stage. It's a must listen for anyone who wants to get into storytelling, or would like to up their performance game.

    To connect to Long Story Short and learn more about our upcoming live shows, go to https://www.longstoryshortpod.com/

    To watch Pat Spalding's show, We Stayed Together for the Puppets, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igpfaYAibw4&authuser=1




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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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Murrame ,

Great storytelling!

I was lucky enough to attend one of these shows live - and enjoyed it immensely.
Having the Podcast is the next best thing to being there. Well done!

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