Thursday, June 22nd Big Blue Door presents a brand-new show called Fire & Smoke. Hosted by The Fire Tigers, with three guest poets and five improvisers, Fire & Smoke brings spoken word poetry and longform improv comedy in an incendiary mix!
Identical twin sisters, Flora Lark and JonaNoelle are The Fire Tigers
. Created in 2014, their shows integrate a love of poetry with their passion for activism. They’ll host the show and bring three guest poets:
Tony Russell lives in Charlottesville. A naturalist, gardener, poet, photographer, and peace activist, he has worked as a carhop, as a busboy, as foreman of a crew clearing fire lanes, as a day care provider, as an Upward Bound director, as an advocate for senior citizens, as manager of an apartment complex, as a laborer in a glass factory, as a teacher and school administrator, and as an outreach worker for a health care center. He also served–many years ago–as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Patsy Asuncion’s Cut on the Bias
(Laughing Fire Press 2016) depicts her world slant
as a bi-racial child raised by an immigrant father and WWII vet. Other publications include: The New York Times, Vox Poetica, The New Verse News, Spirit, Snapdragon, The Truth About Fact
, and many more
is a poet, storyteller, storytelling coach, and the leader of Big Blue Door’s summer storytelling group
. He’s also a homeschooling dad and a freelance editor.
is co-director of Big Blue Door. He teaches improv, storytelling, and manages Big Blue Door’s McGuffey studio, and and still enjoys performing with The Administratio
n, as well as other Big Blue Door ensembles.
moved to Charlottesville from Austin, Texas (although, when it’s to his advantage he seems to be from Cincinnati). When he’s not coaching, performing, and teaching improv with Big Blue Door, Nauder is working towards his PhD in Clinical Psychology at UVa.
is the current token UVA student at Big Blue Door. She is a Public Policy and Biology double major and is most notable for her brief stint as a latte artist in Norfolk, VA. Kelsey has performed with Big Blue Door’s ensembles Half-Price Candy
and Lemon Cello
was brought to Charlottesville when his wife came here for school. He likes wine-tasting, comic books, and his podcasts at Heck Yeah Comics
and the Geek Cinema Society
. He’s performed with Colorblind Astronauts
, Mr Mammals
, and The Bitter End
is a consultant and writer of humor, fiction, and public health reports. She’s performed with Mr Mammals
and Colorblind Astronauts
. She was one of thousands of people cheering in the stands for a pretend baseball game during the filming of the movie Bull Durham
. That was thirty years ago, but she still enjoys yelling for no reason.
BIG BLUE DOOR FIRE & SMOKE
Spoken word meets improvised scene as five of Big Blue Door’s improvisers riff off five area poets. Hosted by the Fire Tigers!
Belmont Arts Collaborative
221 Carlton Road
Thursday, June 22nd
Show starts at 8pm!