Love Stories! and Other Stories for Adults

Denise McCormack, LVSG member, has something in common with actor John Lithgow.  They are both doing one person storytelling shows that feature stories for adults.  WHAT???!!  Storytelling to adults gives voice to tales that make people think, tales that require an audience that can sit still, adventures that show the complexity of human nature. Remember; the tellers of fairy tales and folklore originally told these stories to the grown-ups AFTER the children were asleep.

Lithgow performed an early version of his “Stories by Heart” show in Lehigh University’s Zoellner Center a few years ago.   Lithgow retells two stories that his father loved to read out loud to the family.  The stories are literary but his performance is the essence of storytelling – a little theater, a lot of just plain telling.   His performance, though funny and sometimes a little manic, is targeted at adults.

McCormack will take the stage on February 16th at 7 pm, at the The Center for Art in Wood, with her one-woman show “Love Stories”.   She will share literary tales and folklore that address the transformative power  of love, its expectations, its disappointments, and the longing for connection. “Love Stories” is part of Philly Theatre Week, 7 days of theater wonder in Philadelphia.  Get tickets here.

The Lehigh Valley Storytelling celebrates telling to adults with Tellabration!(tm), an international day of storytelling, and with the monthly Story Circles.  We hope to bring more thought and laugh provoking stories to grown-ups everywhere.  LVSG member, Larry Sceurman, says it best, “Keep a story in your heart.”  Stories teach, warm, and enlighten us no matter what age we are.

 

Sign up! – Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice

Lehigh University will hold a workshop entitled “Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice”, April 20 – 22, 2018.  The event will take place on Lehigh University’s main campus and in adjacent South Side Bethlehem.  The workshop is part of Lehigh University’s Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative or MDHI.  This initiative seeks to explore ways for students and staff at Lehigh University to interact, learn from and cooperate with community members of the City of Bethlehem.

LVSG member, Robin Reichert will present a storytelling performance, “A Woman Called Polly”, based on the life of Johanna Polly Heckwelder, during this workshop.  The performance will be followed by a group discussion on how the issues of the past impact and inform the present.  This event will be held on April 21st from 12:15 to 1:15 pm at Maginnes Hall, as part of the Lunch Caucus.

To register for Robin’s presentation and for the entire workshop, go to http://wordpress.lehigh.edu/odh2018/register/

Children’s Series 2018

Let the joy of the storytelling season (which is All. Year. Long., btw) spill over into the New Year with our Children’s Storytelling series at Godfrey Daniels.  The fun starts on January 21st at 2 pm.  SO MUCH FUN!!!!!

Here’s the line- up.

January 21st~~Ingrid Bohn
February 4th~~ MaryAnn Paterniti (MC~Kids Open Mic)
February 18th~~Robin Reichert
March 4th~~Judy England-McCarthy
March 18th~~Denise McCormack
April 8th~~Rob Aptaker
Cops’n’Kids are rumored to be at each event to hand out FREE books.  Admission will be charged but, free books? And great stories?  Totally worth the price of the tickets.