Game Changers: Remembering Moments That Matter

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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!

Game Changers: Remembering Moments That Matter



A trio of transplanted New Yorkers share stories about pivotal times in their lives in “Game Changers: Remembering Moments That Matter,” the monthly Portland Storytellers Guild show Saturday evening, December 7 at the Clinton Street Theater.

The three Big Apple expatriates, Maura Doherty, Edward Hershey and Pearl Steinberg, are happy to call Portland home now and accomplished storytellers with a range of recollections that span the continent.

Doors open at 7 and the stories start to flow at 7:30.

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December 2019 Storytellers

Maura Doherty told her first story when she was 5. “A man jumped out the window and broke his leg.”  Her audience included her younger sister Jo Anne next to her on the floor of their father’s 1946 Plymouth sedan, four siblings in the back seat and baby Peter on Mom’s lap in the front seat.  Jo Anne gasped and Dad called out from behind the steering wheel, “What man? Where did this happen?”  From that moment Maura was hooked on storytelling. She has performed for The Moth PDX and BackFence PDX as well as the Guild. Her one-woman show, “The Pot Luck,” recalls three people important in her life. Her stories take us from the Bronx to inside the walls of a convent to Tennessee, California and Oregon.

Edward Hershey draws stories from his varied career as a sportswriter, news reporter, author, teacher, government official, college publicist and union activist that includes stints as an antiques columnist and Shakespearean theater president in Maine, city alderman and basketball announcer in Ithaca, N.Y., and, for 43 years, a mainstay of the prestigious George Polk Awards for investigative journalism. He has written books on baseball and police hostage negotiation. He and his wife Leah, a retired teacher education administrator and highly accomplished hand weaver, set out for the Left Coast in 2005 and have never looked back. His memoir, “The Scorekeeper,” was a finalist for the 2018 Oregon Book Award.

As a child, Pearl Steinberg loved telling stories. Her father was her first mentor — he was an outstanding teller of tales. His facial expressions and voice changes brought his stories †o life no matter what person or monster he depicted. When he was away from home it fell to Pearl to tell bedtime

Stories to her brothers – a job she relished. Her first professional teacher, nationally revered storytellers Elizabeth Ellis, gave her an awesome start to her own venture into the professional storytelling. Prior to that Pearl was an adjunct instructor at New York University and Hofstra University for over 50 years, twice receiving Hofstra’s Continuing Education Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Special Admission

Tickets for the performance are $15 online at ($12 for members), and $20 the night of the show.