Jacksonville News

Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo

Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo


Date ArticleType
10/3/2023 4:00:00 AM Member News


JACKSONVILLE, FL, September 27, 2023 – The Florida Theatre is proud to present the third season of its storytelling series, Untold Stories, with the first performance, Untold Stories – Fall, on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at the newly restored historic Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville.  Individual show and season tickets are available at www.floridatheatre.com or (904) 355-2787.  Patrons who purchase season tickets will receive a 25% discount:


  • Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. – Fall Theme
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. – Winter Theme
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. – Spring Theme
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. – Summer Theme


In addition, if you are a member of the Florida Theatre at the Cameo level and up, you will receive two complimentary tickets to each quarterly performance. The storytellers for Untold Stories – Fall are Jasmine Chanae, Ron Rothberg, Drew Brown, Allison Galloway-Gonzalez, Eva Grayzel, and Reign Supreme.  Music curation by Willie Evans Jr.  See their bios here.


Honoring the tradition of oral storytelling in a modern context, Untold Stories showcases six local storytellers in quarterly thematic story evenings featuring personal and transformative tales deeply wedded to the place we inhabit told by a diverse range of voices, both natives and residents of Northeast Florida. 


A casting call went out on September 1, 2023.  North Florida residents can still apply to become a cast member of Untold Stories. More information can be found here.


Untold Stories is a project of the nonprofit Florida Theatre.  The 2023-2024 season of Untold Stories is curated by Artistic Director Barbara Colaciello of BABS’LAB. Read Barbara’s bio here.


“Untold Stories is not an open mic night.  It is a professionally curated evening of storytellers whose work has been thematically organized to make a compelling and entertaining evening.  That said, everyone is local, and all the storytellers come from different backgrounds and experiences.  They’re you and me,” said Numa Saisselin, President of the Florida Theatre.


“These evenings are not merely a collection of individual stories but rather a cohesive whole, akin to a series of mini-plays, taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, from laughter to tears, from introspection to inspiration.  Something new this season is that our musical guests will create a soundscape throughout, intertwining the magic of music with the power of storytelling,” said Barbara Colaciello, Artistic Director of BABS’LAB.


In case you missed it, here are photos from past seasons.  In addition, you can catch season one of Untold Stories on the WJCT podcast on FM 89.9.  Read more about that here.




About the Florida Theatre

The Florida Theatre is a 1,865-seat historic theatre located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, that first opened its doors on April 8, 1927, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.  The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1987 to manage, program, and preserve the historic Florida Theatre in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building.  Learn more at www.floridatheatre.com.