Ex Fabula: Water

Feb 18, 2017

Humans are 50% water. The Earth is 70% water. As Milwaukeeans the water is part of our identity; Milwaukee - a great place on a great lake. It’s no wonder why our February StorySlam theme is Water. Not only are we excited to honor and celebrate stories of Water, and those who work to sustain it, but get to do so for our first time at Lakefront Brewery! Even more exciting, event partner Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions will unveil Water Story MKE a free app developed by Reflo in collaboration with Ex Fabula to reveal the water stories hidden in plain sight throughout Milwaukee. It's like a digital scavenger hunt. All you need to play is a smartphone and a sense of adventure!

As incongruous as water is, so are the stories about it. This week we have two different stories of water.

In April of 2014 Isral Debruin took to the Hot Water Wherehouse stage for our Fool Proof StorySlam. Isral grew up going to summer camp from kindergarten through high school. Being a Bible summer camp, the pranks and mischief were fairly tame but the bonds and camaraderie grew strong. Of course, teenagers grow bolder and Isral and his cabin of boys concocted a plan to bring chaos to the camp in the form of water balloons. However, the tables turned as night fell. Tune in to hear how the ambush went so wrong.

Storyteller Alicia Wahl
Credit Kat Schleicher / Ex Fabula

Our second story takes us way back to March of 2011 and our Emergency StorySlam. Alicia Wahl works as a theatrical tech. One season she found herself working for an opera in a majestic open-air theater in Santa Fe during monsoon season. What could possibly go wrong? Theater is no match for Mother Nature. Or perhaps Mother Nature is no match for theater. You’ll have to listen to decide: