(Another) shameless plug of the day—Nancy Donoval


by Matthew A. Everett • June 26, 2008 • Nancy Donoval is not only a fantastic storyteller, she’s also just a deeply cool and nice person. She’s in a bind right now due to her health, and her artist friends are pitching in to help her out in many ways – one of which, tonight, is a show, with a great roster of storytelling and spoken word artists. I’ll let Nancy tell it from here…

Single White Fringe Geek (and Mom) is the blog of Matthew A. Everett, one of four bloggers covering the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the Daily Planet.

Thursday, June 26th, 7:00

a benefit to raise funds for

A Safe Home for Nancy

Featuring the delightful (and donated) talents of:
Kevin Kling
Loren Niemi
Wonder Dave Crady
Arjo – Founder of Spirit of the Horse Theater
(and maybe Leslie Ball)
Dean J. Seal as Host/MC
and Nancy Donoval as herself

Black Forest Inn, Festaal Room
26th Street and Nicollet, Minneapolis

$20 suggested donation
More cheerfully (and gratefully) accepted.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

This is a scent-free event. Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, hairspray, or other scented products.


Shhhh! Silent Auction Shhhh!

Bring items you wish to donate for auctioning.
We are collecting for this event and for future ones as well.

Details by clicking here


The Crisis In A Nutshell

As a storyteller, I specialize in finding the funny in the hard stuff, using humor to tell stories of dark and difficult life moments. I am in the midst of a pretty dark life moment right now which I’m hoping will make for a funny story down the road because right now, not so much.

I have MCS, a federally-recognized disability called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, which makes finding environmentally safe housing extremely tough to do. I must move from where I’ve lived safely the last several years. The need to move (by September 1) is causing a domino effect of health, housing and financial crises.

I’ve found an apartment that can be made safe but it needs a lot of work before it is. I need to raise $20,000 by September 1 to be able to make this housing environmentally safe enough to keep my MCS from getting worse.

A safe home is the only way I will be able to continue telling stories, teaching workshops, earning a living, being in the world.

If you’d like a fuller understanding of what the crisis is and why your help is needed, a link to some FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) answered as clearly and concisely as I am able is right here

How Can I Help?

I’m so glad you asked. You will help me create a safe home when you. . .

. . . Donate Now Online

Click this link to go to the Safe Home for Nancy Fund website, where you can make a donation for whatever amount you can give freely and comfortably

. . . Donate Now By Mail

Mail a donation for whatever you can give freely and comfortably.

Send checks made out to Nancy Donoval, or cash, money orders, lottery tickets, wooden nickels and shiny, lucky pennies to:

Nancy Donoval
2415 24th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

. . . Spread the Word

The more folks to help, the lighter the load. Forward this on to folks who’d be interested in the fundraiser, willing to volunteer elbow grease and/or make a donation.

. . . Volunteer Your Elbow Grease

Work is being done through the next few weeks to make the new apartment safe enough for me to move into it. We need as much help as we can get.

Contact Steve Schroer at Steve@HardcoverTheater.org — more info by clicking here

. . . Donate Goods/Services for a Silent Auction

Contact Katherine Glover at katherineglover@gmail.com — more info by clicking here

. . . Throw a Fundraising Party

This is the kick-off event for a series of fundraisers.
Future dates/venues TBA.

Backyard croquet & carnival, bake sale, house concert, or a fun event of your imagining. Contact Dean J. Seal at Sealtotal@aol.com or 612-823-6005 — more info by clicking here

. . . Put Me to Work

If you’ve been thinking of hiring me as a story coach, if you’d like to bring me to your area for a performance or a workshop, if you need help with a presentation or keynote, if your non-profit needs to clarify its story for fundraising and public relations, this would be a great time to get that on the calendar. While I am in need of donations to get through this crisis, I’m a working storyteller and I like to earn my keep. Call me or visit my website www.NancyDonoval.com for more info.

Thanks to all for your generous and kind support. Hope to see many of you on Thursday.


Click this link to go to the donation website for the Safe Home for Nancy Fund

Nancy Donoval
Storyteller • Story Coach • Communication Consultant

Entering his sixth year of blogging about the Minnesota Fringe Festival (and bringing Mom along for the ride as a guest reviewer), Matthew A. Everett is also a local playwright and three-time recipient of grant support from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Information on Matthew and his plays can be found at matthewaeverett.com.