Live Bait!

Flamenco Phil

“Live Bait: True Stories From Real People” is Providence’s original, longest-running true-life storytelling show. It has run the first Friday of every month (with two, maybe three exceptions) since it began in July of 2008. It’s been running in the AS220 Black Box before it was the AS220 Black Box back when the space hosted Perishable Theatre. Live Bait is a forum for community and communication. It is open to anyone with a true story, so long as that story somehow fits the monthly theme.
If anyone has story and would like to tell it, here’s what to do: enter your name into the fishbowl just before the show, then if your name is pulled out of said fishbowl, come up and tell it (just like you’re telling your friends over a couple of drinks). Please note: there’s a six minute time limit (we’ll let you know, nicely). No scripts or notes, no rants or stand-up, just true stories.  Everyone is encouraged to step up, performers and non-performers alike, to come share or just watch an evening of potentially funny, gut-wrenching, scary, enlightening, embarrassing, soul-baring, true stories.
Live Bait is produced and hosted by Phil Goldman, who before that, was a nude model in Singapore, a jungle guide in Thailand and a bank spy and Tai Chi instructor in Boston. He is currently a teacher of storytelling, eastern philosophy and meditation at School One in Providence.
Live Bait is the first Friday of every month at the AS220 Black Box.
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Live Arts Venues

Main Stage:
The AS220 Main Stage hosts over ten events a week and is a 200 capacity performance venue and gallery space. The venue contains 4 powered main speakers, three monitors, in house compression and efx, projection / dvd capabilities, and a 6 foot screen. A full inventory can be viewed here.  While the Main Stage hosts a wide array of artistic programming, it primarily is used as a concert venue. It is located at 115 Empire Street.


Black Box:
The Black Box is an extremely versatile 90 capacity performance theatre. It has a surround sound system, Subwoofer, digital projector with 8′ X 12′  screen, and full theatrical lighting. The space focuses on theatrical and dramatic works and encourages users to customize the space to suit the needs of their production. The Black Box is on the first floor of 95 Empire Street.


Dance Studio:
The dance studio hosts regular dance, yoga, and fitness classes and is available for rental for rehearsals and private instruction. The Dimensions of the marley floored room are  28′ X 42′ and it is equipped with mirrors, ballet barres, an easy to operate sound system and sunlight!

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Psychic Readings:
Psychic Readings is an intimate and mysterious multi-purpose room. It has a capacity of 45, but also has an “Annex Room” which moonlights as an art gallery. Psychic Readings is run in conjunction with the AS220 Artists in Residence on the third floor of the Empire Street building.


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