3rd Annual Halloween PoP in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

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prose_of_pie_201510-Halloween Special

The PoP Halloween tradition continues with our 3rd annual show in the world famous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery!  We’ll be back in the Washington Irving Chapel – the perfect venue for an evening of true Halloween tales. As always, you’ll start off tasting a few pies and have a chance to vote on your favorites.

Tickets are already selling for this special edition of Pros(e) of Pie, the Hudson Valley’s most popular storytelling series. Come find out what’s been drawing audiences to sold-out shows across the region for more than two years. Trust us, it’s not just the pie!

When: Oct. 14, 8pm


Location: THE SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY (540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY)
And, let’s keep it clear folks : the show will be at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – not the Old Dutch Church. Use the entrance about half a mile north of the Old Dutch Church.

ALL tickets for this show will be sold online. Door tickets are not guaranteed. Doors open at 8pm sharp.


The pies entered in our bake-off are baked by members of the audience. Tempted to enter your creation for a chance to win a gift card? You’ll need to (1) buy tickets early, (2) email us your info and the type of pie you’re bringing, and (3) try to drop your pie off by 7:30p for the best chance at votes!

If you’re interested in telling a storyemail co-producers Ivy Eisenberg  or Zak Shusterman for additional information and to schedule an audition.


Sept Theme: “DON’T KNOW MUCH”

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We’re back from an amazing week at Chautauqua Institution where we taught a 5-day storytelling workshop and presented a special edition of PoP! With a full class and a packed audience, this may become part of the growing PoP tradition.

Get ready for a great Fall line-up, starting with a return to an amazing venue we discovered earlier this year.  For September’s show, we’re back at Center @ 862 in Scarsdale. Last time, 862’s convenience to the train station and pre-show dinner options lured audiences from Connecticut, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. Just make sure you save room for dessert!

When: Sept 12th, 8pm
Venue:  Center @ 862
             862 Scarsdale Ave – Scarsdale


About the theme: Tell us about that time you didn’t have all the information — Did you jump to conclusions? Make a fool of yourself? Did you have to wing it? How’d it turn out? Maybe you just had that “Don’t know much Biology” song stuck in your head. We want to hear your tales and how they turned out!

Pie bakers welcome: Tempted to see how your pie-baking skills stack up against your neighbors? Here’s an incentive for entering a pie in our bake-off. Your pie gets you one free admission! Please keep in mind: to get your free ticket, you MUST let us know what type of pie you’re bringing a pie at least TWO days in advance of the show.  Get in touch soon with the type of pie and we’ll reserve your spot!

Storytellers: We’ll have prepared storytellers and plenty of open mic slots. If you have a great story you’d like to share, email co-producers Ivy Eisenberg or Zak Shusterman. Don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of open mic slots that night too.

We all have a story within us. Come share, listen, and eat!

CHQ Theme: Choices & Chances

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We’re delighted to be presenting a very special installment of our show at the Chautauqua Institution. All week, we’ve been working with a dozen aspiring storytellers in our “Telling the Stories of Your Life” class.  They’re crafting their tales for Friday afternoon’s show.  The theme, as selected by our students, is CHOICES & CHANCES.



When: July 24th, 4-6pm
Venue:  Hultquist Center, 1st Floor
at the southeast corner of Bestor Plaza

FORMAT: This is a true modern form of storytelling, so the rules to follow are:
(1) Only true stories, please!
(2) They should be your own stories – something you experienced or observed firsthand.
(3) This is story-telling, not reading. Notes are allowed but no reading please.
(4) The story should be related to our theme – CHOICES & CHANCES. But feel free to stretch that theme to suit your needs!

Open Mic: In addition to our students, we’ll have several open mic opportunities for communities members to share their own 5 mins story related to the theme.

About the theme: Did you have to make a tough call? Miss an opportunity? Benefit from plain dumb luck? Here’s your chance to choose to share your tale with the rest of the CHQ community; and we want to hear it!  Bonus points if you can stretch the theme to fit your tale.

Pie: Pie will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Unlike our standard shows, this will not be a pie bake-off, but a casual pie social. So please limit one slice of tasty pie per person.

Storytellers: We’ll have prepared storytellers and plenty of open mic slots. If you have a great story you’d like to share, email co-producers Ivy Eisenberg or Zak Shusterman.

We all have a story within us. Come share, listen, and eat!

PoP on the Radio at Chautauqua

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Pros(e) of Pie co-producers Ivy & Zak will be interviewed on local radio station WJTN this morning at 10am. We’ll be talking to veteran host Jim Roselle about the storytelling class we’re running at the Chautauqua Institution all this week and announcing details of the special installment of Pros(e) of Pie to be held on the grounds this Friday.

You can livestream the broadcast here.

And stay tuned for more details on Friday’s event!

This Week: Storytelling at the Chautauqua Institution

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Greetings from the beautiful Chautauqua Institution, on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York. This rocking chair porch is the perfect spot to take it all in. Our hosts and their guests have spent summer evenings sharing tales on this spot for over 60 years.

We’re gearing up to teach a week-long storytelling class called “Telling the Stories of Your Life”.  The course aims to prepare students to tell true stories harvested from their own lives, just like we hear every month at Prose of Pie. At the end of the week, brave souls and members of the Chautauqua community will have a chance to share their stories publicly during a special Friday installment of the show.

If you find yourself in this part of the state and want to join us, you can find details and register through Chautauqua’s online course catalog.


Catch our storytellers at these upcoming events

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Jim Keyes will be performing at Hudson Social on June 6, 3pm, as part of RiverArts inaugural music tour.

Go see James Bewley again hosting the hilarious Wunnerful Wunnerful! a Tribute to Lawrence Welk as alterego Dale Seever, host of Dale Radio on 6/25 at Ars Nova as part of ANT Fest.

You can see our Ivy Eisenberg doing an excerpt of her hilarious one woman show at Theaterlab on June 17.


May Pros(e) of Pie – another standing room crowd!

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What an incredible close to our PoP‬ season! Another standing room crowd filled Curious-on-Hudson‘s wonderful space, entertained by our 4 featured storytellers, plenty of open mic storytellers and no less than seven glorious pies.

  • James Bewley

This month’s “Fork in the Road” themed show featured:

  • James Bewley, trekking up from Brooklyn, to share his tale of a fork that led from performance art to a little bit of justice.
  • Susan Landon, audience fave and piemaker extraordinaire, telling us about the many forks in the road for the directionally challenged.
  • ‪Our own Ivy Eisenberg recounting the fork in the road that led to volunteering for involuntarily termination.
  • Superstar performer and PoP regular Jim Keyes sharing life’s many splendid forks.

And, congratulations to this month’s PieMistress‬ Margaret for her so-good-we-were-fighting-to-lick-the-empty-pie-plate Strawberry Lemon Pie. Her prize: a giftcard to Dobbs Ferry’s own The Parlor (get it? they make pies too!) #‎ShopLocal‬

Curious-on-Hudson– an audience favorite venue and the Rivertowns favorite place to learn and do; and the inimitable Dina Rose Friedman for doing everything and making it better in the process!

The Pros(e) of Pie team is taking a brief hiatus while we prepare for our debut at the world renowned Chautauqua Institution. We’ll be back at the end of the summer bigger, better, and with more surprises.  Until then, look out for all the incredible activity throughout Westchester and the Rivertowns.

PoP goes Global

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Have you heard the news? Pros(e) of Pie co-producers Ivy Eisenberg and Zak Shusterman have been invited to teach a week-long storytelling course this Summer at the prestigious Chautauqua Institution in western New York. We’ll also be presenting a special Friday edition of Pros(e) of Pie on the grounds.

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What’s a Chautauqua anyway???

It’s a 140 year old non-profit adult education center and summer resort in Western New York that’s been designated a National Historic District that started a movement that reached over 45 million people in 10,000 communities across the country.  The tradition continues every Summer, as Chautauqua attracts a range of world-renowned thought leaders, entertainers, academics, activists and public figures organized around a different theme each week.

Along side the headliners, individual and multi-session classes are offered on a range of engaging topics.  Pros(e) of Pie will be there during the “Irrationality”-themed week focusing on the irrational world of human decision-making. We think that’s going to inspire some great storytelling. Come join us at Chautauqua if you can!

1000s of years of Storytelling

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Looking for some inspiration for your own storytelling? You’re not the first to think about this.

People have been thinking about this for 1000s of years – as long as there’ve been people. This TED piece covers a few of traditions that have developed around the world.  From hulu to shadow puppets to calypso – there are so many entertaining options to choose from.

You never know which you might see the next Pros(e) of Pie. So get your tickets early!