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Spill the Beans adds a charitable component to their storytelling series

The next event is on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and proceeds will help the homeless.

Victoria DePaul performs.

Mike Fenn

Philadelphia’s local storytelling scene, which only gets stronger as the months go on, is now about to expand beyond its mission of entertaining audiences with terrific stories by gifted performers…and help out the less fortunate.

On Wednesday, September 28, the Spill the Beans storytelling show will grace the gorgeous Le’Tage stage for its bi-monthly performance. However, according to the show’s creator, local storyteller, comedian, and actress Victoria DePaul of Gypsywolf Productions, this month’s effort will be a bit different from the event’s three prior shows.

“I plan to match the amount of money we make at the door and donate it to a homelessness charity,” DePaul explained. “After looking around I felt like Project Home was a great one to choose, as they are groundbreaking in the programs they have developed to help lift people up and out of homelessness.”

Having friends who are or have faced homelessness, the issue is something particularly meaningful to DePaul. In addition to matching donations, she also plans to have a box at the show where audience members can donate goods that will then be personally delivered to known homeless camps throughout the city.


“We will collect personal items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap with a plastic holder, clean socks (apparently a really important item that is often overlooked), snack bars, water bottles, etc.” DePaul said. “Even if we don’t make much or have much to donate, I feel like every little bit helps.”

Fittingly, the theme for the September Spill the Beans show is “Finding Your Way Home.” DePaul chose the theme not only for its obvious tie to the donation effort, but also because its ambiguity can be interpreted by the storyteller lineup any number of ways. “I like themes that force people to rummage through their closet of memories for old experiences or creep through the attic of their life for that old forgotten thing that maybe they weren’t ready or willing to appreciate then but now have new eyes to see it,” DePaul said. Past Spill the Beans themes have included “Off the Rails,” “What Dreams are Made of,” and “Worst Job Ever.”

Tickets for Spill the Beans: Finding Your Way Home are $8 and can be purchased at the door. Additionally, audience members are also encouraged to bring an item to donate to the homeless effort.

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