From the SpeakEasy Archives:

With our live programming temporarily on hold, we are excited to dig back into our archives to bring you seriously entertaining stories. Our new ongoing series “From the SpeakEasy Archives” aspires to deliver our signature style of storytelling directly to you in your home.

Each week, we will feature a story from a past “Seriously Entertaining” show or “SpeakTogether” student matinee to entertain, to educate, and, most of all, to connect. We hope you enjoy the performances we will be highlighting. For us, they are a reminder of why connecting through stories is meaningful.

This week, award-winning poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips on how “poetry is the temple of one’s temperament.”

September 2015: ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS, author of the poetry collections The GroundHeaven, and, most recently, Living Weapon, as well as the sports memoir The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, shares a poet’s perspective on memory using the trailer for the 1980 film Altered States as his lens. Visit the author’s website here.


We regret to announce that our March edition of “Seriously Entertaining” has been cancelled to protect the safety and health of our speakers and audience.


Stay tuned for interviews/stories from those writers slated to be featured in the March show–artist and activist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Washington Post art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott, famed graphic designer Chip Kidd, and journalist Anne Nelson.


Seriously Entertaining Upcoming Shows

ALL SHOWS HELD AT JOE’S PUB at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St, NYC 10003. If a show is sold out, check our website again in a few days, as extra tickets sometimes become available closer to show date. Join our mailing list for further information.

4.21.20 @ 7pm – “DO OR DIE”
5.27.20 @ 7pm – “ALL IN DUE TIME”


On stage. In Schools. On the Road. House of SpeakEasy celebrates six years of connecting writers and audiences, students and book lovers. Our mission is simple: to expand access to books and their authors, and to share the transformative power of storytelling with the next generation of writers and readers. From our Seriously Entertaining shows at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater to our SpeakTogether programs in schools throughout New York City to our book truck visits to book deserts around the country, we’ve been busy! Catch up on all our efforts with this short video produced on the occasion of Speakeasy’s sixth anniversary.

This summer, SpeakEasy’s mobile book truck embarked on a 4,000-mile cross-country odyssey. From Brooklyn to New Orleans—and back again—we hit the road to bring books & poetry to over 18 cities. The “Poetry to the People” tour, in partnership with Narrative 4, offered workshops and readings on the way down. On the return trip, Speakeasy produced its signature Seriously Entertaining shows and SpeakTogether educational programs as part of a “No Place Like Home” tour. Everywhere we stopped, we gave away thousands of books to schools, youth centers, and communities in need. View photos from the trip here.

by House of SpeakEasy

Seriously Questioning…Maggie Paxson

Maggie Paxson is a writer, anthropologist, and performer. Fluent in Russian and French, she has worked in rural communities in northern Russia, the Caucasus, and upland France. She is the author of Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village, and her essays have appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Wilson Quarterly, and Aeon. Her newest book is The Plateau.
On November 12th, she will be speaking at House of SpeakEasy’s Seriously Entertaining show, For Good Measure alongside Nina Burleigh, James Geary, and Monique Truong.

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