Ever felt “different”? Most of us have. Whether it’s having a different nationality, ethnicity, interest, or unique personality, we all have differences that can set us apart – and also enrich us. SHINE storytellers share their inspiring true stories of feeling “different” on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica.

SHINE is a popular storytelling event that features storytellers coming together once a month on Sunday evenings to share their true stories. The event is known for its relaxed community atmosphere, live music, and powerful, entertaining stories.

This month, SHINE will be hosted by Alan Aymie an actor, writer, and stand-up comedian. Alan’s solo show, “Child’s Play” was seen in LA, NY and at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. He followed that up with the award-winning play, “RAP” and then most recently performed his newest critically-acclaimed solo play, “A Child Left Behind” in LA, NY, Ojai and Woodstock. Alan is the only performer/writer to have had his work produced at the HBO Workspace, Comedy Central Stage, PSNBC Performing Space, HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and the HBO Screening Room.

Live music will be provided by Brenda Varda, an exciting singer/songwriter, as well as award-winning playwright and multidisciplinary artist. Brenda has had numerous works produced in Los Angeles both as playwright and composer/lyricist. Along with being a writer and performer both in theater and cabaret, she also creates collective works with other artists through Wordspace, a creative writers’ organization.

Storytellers for SHINE are chosen from some of the nation’s top award-winning storytellers, writers, and performers. New storytellers of all ages and walks of life also take the stage. Six storytellers are booked in advance, and one is chosen from the audience in a random drawing.

SHINE is held monthly on Sunday evenings at the Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at www.StoreyProductions.com. Cash and checks only at the door.

Those interested in becoming a SHINE storyteller are encouraged to visit www.StoreyProductions.com in advance for monthly theme and submission guidelines.

SHINE is produced by Isabel Storey and presented by Storey Productions in association with Santa Monica Repertory Theater and UCLArts and Healing.

– Submitted by Isabel Storey, Storey Productions