If anyone out there has done public speaking, you know how much bravery it takes to tell a story to a room full of strangers. Being able to engage an audience with nothing more than a good story is challenging enough, but digging deep into your own experience, taking an audience of strangers with you on a personal journey and helping them to feel what you experienced, that takes some serious talent.
This weekend Portland Story Theater is presenting four days of solo storytelling in “Singlehandedly,” the world’s only festival with a focus on long-form, personal narratives. Every night listeners will be treated to new works presented by some of the Northwest’s most compelling storytellers. Audiences will get up close and personal in the intimate Hipbone Studio as the artists delight them with real, true stories. While the focus is on local talent, there will be a special, nationally-acclaimed guest artist-in-residence: Annie La Ganga.
“Solo performance is about being present.” says Lynne Duddy, co-founder of Portland Story Theater. “It is a conscious performance that engages people deeply, where the artist is always present in the moment, taking the audience on a journey through the inner workings of the heart. Storytelling as solo performance is not about “I” or “me,” it’s about “we.” It is a shared experience that breaks down the barriers between teller and listener, and both are transformed.”Arts >