By Paul Iarrobino

Celebrating Our Love

It may have been cold, dark and rainy on Valentines Day evening but there was a festive and fun vibe inside the packed Clinton St. Theater. I can’t recall the last time I felt this level of electrifying energy in a performance space before. There was so much chemistry between our featured couples as well as with the audience.

Each couple took turns telling their “how they met” story with honesty, heart and humor. Their stories were vastly different but their experiences were universally powerful. And, if that wasn’t enough, we had fun with them during a game show portion. They were great sports about it too!

A big thank you to Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and End HIV Oregon!

Here’s what Heidi and Nick have to say about their experiences:

Telling my story onstage was not nearly as scary as I thought it was going to be!  Thanks to Paul’s gentle and creative guidance, I felt I had a story that other people would appreciate hearing.  And meeting with the other storytellers ahead of time–people I’d never met before the rehearsal–made me feel like I was just sharing my story with a group of good friends.  Plus, it was great fun to have audience members come up afterwards and tell me they could relate to my experience!  I would definitely do it again!

Heidi Green

Thanx Paul, for allowing us to share our story with people in the community. We were so flattered by all the comments and compliments from the audience members as they approached us after the show. Now we’re hyping up for “Our Fabulous Gay Wedding!” when you are ready to do so. Thank you so much for inspiring us to be part of this event. We love what you do!

Nick Chiacchiaro

Here’s the video clips for you to see what all the fun was about, and thanks for your continued support of local storytelling!

Cynthia Butts & Ellen Yarnell

Heidi & James Green

Judge Kemp & Eric Schnell

Nick Chiacchiaro & Windrin ‘Cris’ Crisostomos

Game Show

#howwemet #ellenyarnell #cynthiabutts #jamesgreen #heidigreen #ericschnell #judgekemp #nickchiacchiaro #windrincrisostomos #endhivoregon #portlandsistersofindulgence

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