Can I Sit with You?

Can I Sit With You? Seattle Photos
April 30, 2008, 6:39 pm
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Here’s Jen & Shan Getting Interviewed by the NPR Reporter:

Jen Gives the NPR Reporter the Scoop

And here’s the whole darn photoset:

April 28, 2008, 6:10 pm
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Our show in Seattle was fantastic. We are exhilarated and exhausted. Photos and videos to come.

The reporter who interviewed us expressed surprise that none of the live stories were about special needs. So, while you wait for event news and media, here is a piece about what it is like to cope with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) in the classroom.

by James Penha

From the time he carefully
pulls the stool from beneath
the massive black slate
of the science laboratory table
    to align
    the outer edges
    of its rear legs
    the line
    from the table
    –the black –the white
    imitation marble imitation marble
    tile tile
    from the white from the black
    imitation marble imitation marble
    tile tile
    on the left on the right
and arranges
the equipment required
for the experiment
to follow the set-up printed in the laboratory manual he stared at
so long last night at home
he fell asleep
before trying to revise his English homework
or reading consumer math,
Angel worries what he will do
forty-three minutes
and ten seconds from now
when Mr. Klepper
five minutes
before the bell
forty-two minutes
and fifty-five seconds from now
tells the class to clean up which means
Angel will be watched
forty-two minutes and forty-five seconds from now
to see if today he pushes the stool
back into the shadows
beneath the dark desk slab
where there is no line
to align
to its feet
so if Angel does push the chair
into chaos
his head will spin, stomach churn
and he will cough up what he didn’t
in preparation for the day
eat for breakfast or
he will be given one last chance by Mr. Klepper
again to cooperate
before being sent to the office and
two hours
forty one minutes
and five seconds from now
detention instead of home,
so there is no time
or space to think of science
and he’s falling
    per second per second
to earth

April 25, 2008, 3:25 pm
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I have it on good authority that you Seattlites are the spontaneous kind, so we’ll see the rest of you at the door. You might want to get there a tad early to make sure you get a seat.

Can I Sit With You? Live in Seattle
Annex Theatre
1100 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122

Sadly, Els Kusher will not be able to join us tonight. But we look forward to sitting with the rest of you.

We will be back with videos, pictures, and new stories on Monday.

April 24, 2008, 7:13 am
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CISWY Seattle is tomorrow. GASP!

If you’d like a guaranteed seat, please buy your will call tickets by 8 AM Friday:

Buy Tickets Now:

If seats are still available after will call cut off, we’ll post a notice in this space, and you can buy your tickets at the door. Cash only.

See you there!


More CISWY Events, back here in The Bay Area:

MAY 7, 7:30 PM
Angelica’s Bistro, Redwood City
863 Main Street, Redwood City, CA
No Cover, Donations Accepted, Reservations Recommended

This is a really exciting event for us, as several of our readers have never before agreed to perform their stories in public.

Angelica’s is a lively, versatile restaurant with a charming atmosphere and a considerable wine and beer selection. It is also family-friendly, but as usual please review the stories below before deciding to bring your children along.

Jen Scharpen
Elaine Park
Lea Cuniberti-Duran
Judy McCrary Koeppen
Shannon Des Roches Rosa
and Jennifer Byde Myers


We’re also going to be at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Saturday, August 9th, at 4 PM. I wonder if they’ll rotate our photos in the header alongside Mario Battali, Dave Barry, Isabel Allende, and Anne Lamott?

Sneak Eep: Lea Hernandez, cartoonist, manga sage extraordinaire, and artist for the Can I Sit With You? book cover, will be joining us.

Get Your Can I Sit With You? Seattle Tickets While You Can
April 16, 2008, 12:59 pm
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We just heard from the NPR reporter who contacted us about the April 25th Can I Sit With You? Annex Theatre show in Seattle, asking for technical sound specs so she can record the performers.

It’s finally hitting us: CISWY Seattle is a real show. We could very well be on NPR. (!!!!)

We also have limited seating. So, if you want to see CISWY Seattle, you should buy your tickets ASAP:

Tickets are priced at $5 and $12, which means you can choose how much to donate.

Will Call tickets is probably the best option at this point. We’ll have a list of Will Call names and will check them off at the door.

Also, we have some additional, fantastic news: Sarah Dopp will be joining our show! Welcome, Sarah.

To further entice you, here is the full list of CISWY Seattle readers, with links to the stories they will be performing:

Final note: children are welcome at the show. They are not allowed in the bar area of Annex Theatre, and you should read the stories above to make sure you know what said children will be hearing, but if you think they would enjoy seeing these stories read aloud, then please, get them a ticket.

Dodging Bullet
April 14, 2008, 8:00 am
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by Laura Eleanor Holloway
Age at the time: somewhere between 6 and 9

Everyone just called her Bullet.

Blond hair cut like a boys –- rumor was she had no mother,
Which seemed to explain the fact that her favorite toy was a hammer.
And not some hollow yellow plastic PlaySkool job that squeaked as you hit plastic pegs. No,
Bullet’s hammer was the real deal,
Straight from Heckinger’s –- “the world’s most unusual lumberyard.”

That day, the six swings were full of hostages:
Twelve legs brown with dirt and sun,
Twelve tender palms freckled with stinging rusty equal signs,
Twelve open-toed shoes dragging despondent trails in the soft dry dust as
Bullet made the rounds:

“Do you like me?”
Her hammer poised menacingly above timid knees,
There was only one way to answer the question.

Occasionally, as she moved down the line,
Someone would make a break for it and
Bullet, hammer-wielding Thor-ling,
Would chase them back to the swing set
And ask again:

“Do you like me?”
“Yes, Bullet.”

I had a lot of time to think
While the other five children were lying to Bullet.
Didn’t her father see from the window what his daughter was doing?
Why didn’t he stop her?
Take away that hammer?

“Do you like me?”
“Yes, Bullet.”

As she got a few children away, I whispered to Kathy:
“The only way we’re gonna get to leave is if someone tells her no.”
Kathy’s eyes grew wide in horror:
“But… she’ll hit you!”
“I know. Shhh.”

“Do you like me?”