Yarn 4: Unexpected


YARN is a bi-monthly (every other month for those still arguing over the prefix), live storytelling show produced by local storyteller, Lesley Harper. Every show has a unique theme and features 6 storytellers who come from all kinds of backgrounds and do all kinds of things. We include a "musical intermission" in the middle of every show. This is a local band or musician with a 30-minute set for you to enjoy as you check in with friends, grab some refreshments and stretch your legs.

The goal of YARN is to offer an opportunity for people with varied backgrounds and interests to get onstage and connect with an audience by sharing true stories about themselves. It offers the audience an opportunity to hear wonderful stories which will fully entertain but what's more, offer a new perspective and insight into our own experiences.

YARN is hosted by Lesley Harper, Reuben Nisenfeld and Lani Jo Leigh of The Clinton St. Theater.

Yarn 4: Unexpected



Jenny Forrester has been published in a variety of print and online publications including Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama Magazine, Literary Kitchen, Indiana Review, Columbia Journal, and the Listen to Your Mother Anthology published by Putnam, 2015. Tin House let her study with some MFA badasses for the 2015 Summer Workshop at Reed College. She’s read at LitCrawl and the Verbalists in Seattle and at Portland’s Lit Hop. She curates Portland’s Unchaste Readers Series, the next one being January 20th at Literary Arts, downtown. Check out the Unchaste Readers website, as well as Jenny's website.

Donald Rose is a middle school teacher in Portland Public Schools.  He has told stories at Tad's Talks, SuperThank and Yarn.  He loves and hates Portland.

Brianna Barrett is a writer, filmmaker and performer born and raised in Portland, OR. She’s head storytelling coach of Notes of Hope, a storytelling concert benefitting young adults with cancer, and teaches a storytelling workshop this May with Portland Storytellers’ Guild. You can see Brianna in the following upcoming performances: Portland Storytellers' Guild (at Hipbone Studio) - January 9th; and The New Vaudeville (at Clinton Street Theater) - January 30th and 31st.

Tonya Jone Miller is a playwright, actor, and professional phone sex operator from Portland, Oregon.  She is best known for her award-winning solo shows, Threads and A Story of O's, which she has toured on the fringe festival circuit since 2012.  Tonya is the proud owner of a dirty mind, a filthy mouth, and a clean conscience. 

Reuben Nisenfeld is a life-long Portlander. He's a writer/performer and has produced and emceed a wide range of events from poetry slams to variety shows. He has been a member of several comedy-like organizations, written one-person shows, taught theater to children and is a writer of poetry and fiction. He's thrilled to be working with such wonderful, creative people at this 4th installment of the YARN storytelling series.

Lesley Harper is a storyteller who has been a competitor in The Moth's Portland GrandSlam (tied for 2nd!) and featured in Back Fence PDX's Russian Roulette series, Tad's Talks, Blumesday, "It's not me, it's you: Stories from the dark side of dating", a benefit for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, and Unchaste Readers Series among others. She is the Director of Development for Full Resolve Consulting (www.fullresolve.com) and Senior Producer of the storytelling show, YARN. She lives with her husband-type, daughter, 3 crabby old cats and a sassy chihuahua in Portland, OR. 

Music for Yarn 4 provided by LOS DOS.


Greg Stark - Guitar and vocals
Ken Ritz - Accordion, Sax, and vocals
Patti Jo Hansen - Uke and vocals
Jim Mooney - Suitcase Drums and vocals
Don Grant - Guitar and vocals
Mike Layton - Mandolin
Steve Morelli - String Bass, Mandolin and Vocals

We offer original music to relieve the the stress we all fall victim to from living in the 21st century. Life is hard, and we want to lighten your load one song at a time. Our goal is to have as good a time as possible on stage, and to make sure you are having as much fun as we are.

If you really need to get bummed out at a musical venue, you might try finding a production of "La Boheme." Otherwise, give us a try. We sing our guts out so you don't have to.


Special Admission

$9.00 in advance; $12.00 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds--only lack of seats).