Portland Storytellers’ Guild Monthly Showcase
Stories are how we make meaning of our lives and our world. They make us laugh, think–and teach us how to be human. When the pace of change accelerates absurdly and our definition of “community” seems to change with every headline, stories can ground us and help us remember who we are.
The Portland Storytellers’ Guild preserves the ancient tradition of oral storytelling in the modern world by creating a space where teller and listener sit down and together, recreate the stories of our common humanity. Like all living things, stories come to life when they are nurtured by being told, heard and savored.
For 25 years, the Portland Storytellers’ Guild has been introducing people of the Pacific Northwest to the joy and power of stories in person, face to face. Old stories that may have been committed to print long ago breathe and move and sing again. New stories find their way from our lives into our tales. It is said that to be human is to have a story to tell. That is what the Portland Storytellers’ Guild is all about.
We invite you experience this magic at one of our monthly performances, now at the Historic Clinton Street Theater!
What influences who we are? Hearing our weird uncles debating the benefits of being a musician or a magician? Getting that poodle-head perm in second grade?
Storytellers Jeanne Anderson, Will Hornyak, Rick Huddle and Kriya Kaping explore real and imagined experiences — bending a spoon, contending with a sixth-grade bully, becoming the first woman of color to rocket into space — in an evening of stories “How Do We Become …Us?” — Saturday, October 5 at the Clinton Street Theater.
Tickets are $15 on line ($12 for Portland Storytellers Guild members and their guests) or $20 the evening of the show when doors open at 7 and the stories begin at 7:30.
Jeanne Anderson enjoys recalibrating familiar material to fit a different demographic. She usually regales schoolchildren with stories drawn from her own childhood as well as fairy tales and Shakespearean plays designed to explore everyday issues and encouraging the to see the world
from varying perspectives.
From Irish myths and Russian fairytales to Oregon tall tales, Mexican fables and beyond, Will Hornyak weaves a wide web of oral traditions into engaging performances. A featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, he is an advocate for storytelling as a change agent in personal and collective life and work with “Open Hearts, Open Minds” to bring storytelling, theatre and dialogue to Oregon’s incarcerated populations.
Rick Huddle has performed for audiences young and old in schools and at story festivals across the United States as well as in Mexico, Thailand and Colombia. Rick says that stories, songs, and laughter can help us better understand ourselves and each another – especially those with whom we don’t often agree. He and his wife Kristin are raising twins Gus & Marlo in Portland.
Kriya Kaping comes from a family of storytellers whose motto might as well be “If it doesn’t kill you, it makes for a great story!” When she is it on stage Kriya gathers material in a career specializing in media production, creative writing and public speaking.
“The Menace Among Us” Will Be Lurking in Stories at the Clinton St. Theater Nov. 2nd.
Four storytellers standing at the corner of Menace & Dread will shed light on the darkness near at hand in the Portland Storytellers Guild’s monthly show Saturday evening, November 2 at the Clinton Street Theater.
Janice Alexander, Trish Anderson, Norm Brecke and Anne Rutherford, share tales of the macabre that can lurk in the shadows, turning such seemingly innocent pleasures as walking the beach, bonding with a pet or riding a carousel into “the menace among us” in a show is recommended for mature audiences ready to enjoy a good scare. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.
Janice Alexander, a kindly grandmother and retired teacher grew up with an older brother who told her Edgar Allen Poe stories at bedtime. So she knows what it takes to share the shivers out of an audience
Trish Anderson never thought of her childhood as haunted, until she started telling stories, and found out that other people didn’t see or hear the things she did. Now she mines her upbringing for unsettling tales.
A well traveled professional storyteller, Norm Brecke grew up sharing ghost stories around the campfire, watched Creature Features every Saturday nights and saw Night of the Living Dead at the drive-in at age 6.
Anne Rutherford was raised in a house between a graveyard and a cow pasture, inspiring her love of the earthy stories she has told at the National Storytelling Festival and as a two-time Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center.