Love Stories – the Art of the One Person Show

Themed programs are a storyteller’s bread and butter.  Schools request stories about kindness, for example.  Churches want stories about faith.  Sometimes, the teller finds stories that fit so well together that she (or he) creates a one person offering that has to find an audience.

Nationally known tellers, like Jay O’Callahan have been commissioned to create full 90 minute programs for community celebrations or notable anniversaries.  O’Callhan’s “Pouring the Sun”, a story program about growth and change in Bethlehem Steel, was requested by SteelStacks back when it first opened.

Robin Bady, a storyteller well-known in the New York City area, has perfected personal stories that she performs under the title of Nancy Drewinski.  Bady’s tales cover her childhood in the ’50s and the turbulence of the Cold War.

Local artist Chaz Kiernan parlayed his remarkable likeness to Mark Twain into a side line for his storytelling career. LVSG member Robin Reichert produces programs that radiate with spirituality.  Denise McCormack put together a show of stories about “love” – not romantic love, but motherly love, or the love that binds families together or rends them apart and how that love can change a woman’s life – with her show “Love Stories”.

McCormack has offered her Love Stories program as an entry in Philly’s Theater Week in February of this year, at the National Storytelling Summit in Kansas City, MO, this past July.  This September, McCormack, a member of the National Storytelling Network; president of Patchwork, Philadephia’s Storytelling Guild; and board member of both the New Jersey Storytelling Network and the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, will offer Love Stories at three different venues.

On Saturday, September 3rd at 3 pm, Denise McCormack will share Love Stories at the Artworks Trenton in Trenton, New Jersey.

On Thursday, September 13th at 7 pm, The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA, will host McCormack’s solo show.

Godfrey Daniels will also host Love Stories on Thursday, September 20th, at 7 pm.

Check our calendar of events for the details of McCormack’s shows and other presentations by Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild members.