Live Storytelling Event Features Local Storytellers at True Tales From the South Bay

With guest performances by Dr. Robert Slay and author Mariana Williams

TORRANCE, CA – 24 Mar, 2017 – In the tradition of live storytelling inspired by The Moth and StoryCorps, the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to present “True Tales From the South Bay”, a night of storytelling by local residents and guest performers at the George Nakano Theatre on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm.  The show will be hosted by author and producer Mariana Williams and will feature Dr. Robert Slay from “Untold Stories of the ER.”

Featured Storytellers

Dr. Bob Slay, stand-up comic, creator of the “Untold Stories of the ER” show, and 2015 winner of the Long Beach Searches for the Greatest Storyteller competition, is the featured guest storyteller.  Known for his hilarious true stories from his time working in emergency rooms, Dr. Slay has also been seen on

Host Mariana Williams is no stranger to telling stories on stage.  She’s performed on The Moth stage in both New York and LA and was a “GrandSlam” finalist.  She loved sharing her stories at The Moth, but found the drive into LA difficult – so she brought storytelling to Long Beach by starting the “Long Beach Searches for the Greatest Storyteller compeition in 2011.

South Bay Residents Share Their Stories

Chosen storytellers submitted five lines about an incident in their life that had a surprising outcome.  Any type of story was welcome: profound, hilarious, sentimental, romantic, or even coming-of-age.  The only requirement was that the story must last no longer than six minutes.

“We have found in this short 6 minute format, it’s best to limit the tale to a single incident.  That way the listener doesn’t have to keep track of too many characters and can go in deep to the emotional level of that one turning point,” said Mariana.

“It’s not a teachable moment, like a TED talk, not stand up open mic night where you have to be funny.  It’s just sharing an anecdote that was profound or pivotal to your life.”

The stories are curated by Mariana for diversity and emotional palate to ensure the show has a good flow and doesn’t skew too heavy (or too light).  She looks for just the right balance of emotion and levity for an enjoyable evening of story-sharing entertainment.

Story Submissions Still Accepted

True Tales from the South Bay is still accepting submissions for the show on April 2nd.  If you have a tale to tell and you’d like to be a part of the grand tradition of storytelling, send five lines about your story to Mariana Williams at

Come on out to support your South Bay neighbors and to listen to the stories they have to share!

Tickets for the performance on April 2, 2017, at 7:00 pm, are $10 and seats are still available. 

Purchase tickets at the James R. Armstrong Theatre box office located at 3330 Civic Center Drive N, Torrance, CA 90503, by calling (310) 781-7171, or online here

About the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation:

TOCA works with the City of Torrance to provide high-quality, culturally diverse, educational, and entertaining experiences for the community.  We strive to enrich the lives of those in the South Bay through the performing arts.

Media Contact
Company Name: Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation
Contact Person: Christian Wolf
Phone: (310) 378-8100
Country: United States