We’ve got news!

Here are a few things the Rabbit Box board has prepared for you…

– New in Rabbit Box merch is a simple logo tote. Grab it at our next show for just $15.

– Headed to the show by yourself? Sit at the “Independents Unite!” table with a board member and others flying solo.

– We now have a “house storyteller” available each month from the board in order to keep the quality stories coming.

– We were pleased to see our partner, the Athens-Clarke County Library, win the Southeastern Library Association’s 2022 Outstanding Library Program Award for “One Book Athens: One Book, Many Stories!”

– Did you see our cover story in Flagpole as we celebrated our 10th anniversary?

Thanks for your support, Athens! We’ll see you on Oct 25 for “Undone” and Nov 22 for “Last Call”

October Show

Rabbit Box presents: “UNDONE”

October 25, 2022

7 pm – 9 pm

VFW on Sunset in Athens

Tickets are $10. Cash at the door or Venmo @rabbitboxstorytelling

Featuring: Kris Shultz as emcee

Storytellers include: Tom Kenyon, David Lockman, Doug Monroe, Charles Wilmoth, Freida Hammett, Molly Croft, and Mony Abrol.

Rabbit Box “Written Recollections” Special

Hello Rabbit Box Family! This is an online special we did last year in collaboration with the OLLI (Osher Life Long Learning Institute) Memoir Writing Group. This special features 7 Athens senior citizens who kindly share their personal stories with you, our virtual audience.

The storytellers are Charles Wilmoth, Jim Marshall, Kathleen Wright, Glenn Ames, DeAnne Wilmoth, Peggy Harrington, and Earnest Thompson.

Press the Play button, and prepare to be rewarded with a septet of unique, timeless tales, The effects of these 7 gems range from stoking the fires of your laughter, dousing your eager minds with suspense, infecting your person with childlike wonder, and possibly bursting the barriers to your tears with their solemnity. The charms of these stories are manifold, so take what time you need to enjoy them.

The burgeoning, brilliant partnership between Rabbit Box and OLLI and the seemingly serendipitous circumstance which led to this online special are integral to a great story all it’s own. You can read about that story and the bios of our storytellers by clicking HERE.

Keep a look out for our October “Lost & Found” show at the VFW, and know that we’re very excited to return to the public forum.

We’ve missed you all, and may this virtual show serve as a morsel to whet your appetite(s) for the next chapter of Rabbit Box. We hope that you’ll keep up with us, as we can’t do it without you, and invite others to take in our experience.

Please enjoy “Written Recollections”! (All Stories Recorded by Board Member Connie Crawley, The Special Hosted by Board Member Sean Polite)

Rabbit Box 2020 Written Recollections Special

Raise Money for Rabbit Box with your stories!

Rabbit Box is excited to announce that we have a donor who will donate $5 (up to $300) to Rabbit Box for every story (or artwork) that gets posted!

In this hard time when we’ll all holding our breath to see what the future holds, we know it’s hard to write a great story incorporating a beginning, middle and end when we don’t know how (or when) all this ends. We’re all anxiously moving through this time of grim news, a long period without handshakes, hugs, and dance lessons — and a bad-hair month on top of that. So we thought we’d encourage check-ins, too. You don’t have to have a fully fleshed-out story. Just tell us how you’re doing or provide a snapshot of life where you are in audio, video or print form. You can send a photo or other artwork, too. Let’s stay connected!

What is Rabbit Box planning next?

Thank you for asking! Starting in April Rabbit Box is going back to monthly shows and we’ve got some great themes lined up! Let us know if you’re interested in telling a story on any of these themes.

April 8th – Nesting: The Place that Holds You

May 13th – Happy Eight-iversary!

June 10th – Stuck

July 8th – What’ll Ya Have?

August 12th – Vanishing Athens

September 9th – Women on the Front Line

October 14th – A Night Out

November 11th – Family Lore

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pride and Prejudice

By Nikeala Frederick

Rabbit Box’s October show “Pride and Prejudice,” a collaboration with Athens Pride, gave voice to the Classic City’s LGBTQA+ community. Return emcee Tara Stuart fostered an environment of respect and support by making a point to ask each individual’s preferred pronouns and letting it be known that coming out is not simply a one-time event but a daily process

Kicking the evening off with good humor, the first storyteller of the evening, the writer and journalist David Ferguson, said that his preferred pronouns are he, him, or cake. The audience responded by chanting “cake!” (Who doesn’t love a good piece of cake?) As a child in Columbus, Georgia, he preferred the company of his opera singer mother’s friends and her jewelry box more so than that of boys his age. After coming out as a teenager, David made the decision to walk “gay first” into a room, asserting that when he came out of the closet, he “took the door off.” After visiting Athens for a college tour, he knew it was the place for him. He has since gotten married to a wonderful man, become the lead singer of the band Kompromat, and over the years is grateful to have found a diverse, safe community here.  

The LGBTQ acronym has now expanded to a more inclusive acronym, LGBTQIA+. Elise Stangle’s coming of age story gave insight into an A+ perspective. After years of confusion and feeling abnormal, Elise has finally found her place identifying as asexual.  

Local activist Cameron Harrelson has a story full of beginnings. He grew up in a rural, religious community where everyone was “the same.” Being a gifted musician, singer, and public speaker, Cameron was thrust into the spotlight at a young age, particularly within his church. By high school he was a full-blown worship leader, often speaking against what deep down he felt described himself. It wasn’t until he moved to Athens for college that he decided to stop living a lie. Even though his grandmother said that she would never attend his wedding, he wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up in the front row when the day comes.

Cracker Jack storyteller Ida Barrett reminded the audience that no one owes you a coming out story, and you don’t owe others one, either. Each person’s story is his or her own to share. 

For this Rabbit Box show, a second Cracker Jack storyteller, Moriah Payne, was welcomed to the stage. Growing up in a strict, religious household where the word “gay” was not used and later attending a faith-based college, she tried to live up to certain expectations. But from a young age she knew that she liked girls. She tried dating guys over the years, but it never worked out. She just came out last month at Athens Pride and is now living happily in her truth.

Muralist, dance instructor, and make-up artist Jean/Jen Arias, who has lived in Spain, New Jersey, and Athens is now dealing with a second coming out. After starting adulthood living as a gay man, Jen is now ready to start a new journey as a trans woman. 

For the first 40 years of Morgan Henry’s life, she went by the male name she was assigned at birth. Growing up as a boy, she was “gently corrected” by adults to not act too feminine even though that’s what felt natural. She spent years trying to figure out where she fit in. 2016 proved to be a pivotal year when she found out that gender identity, biological sex and sexual attraction are all separate parts of each person’s overall identity. She now spends her days in the artistic and game-design realms living happily as a gender queer trans lesbian.

Lucy Ralston described hate as jumping through hoops for little people who make you feel small. She knows all about having to pretend to be someone you’re not when it’s too dangerous to be your true self. She has dubbed this year, her 30th, as an opportunity to live a more genuine and open life.