Portland Storytellers Guild: What Lies Ahead

This is a past event. Saturday, January 5 at 7:30pm 9:30pm

Clinton Street Theater 2522 S.E. Clinton St.; Portland, OR

If you’re like most people, you try to imagine what the future is likely to bring. You plan, schedule, coordinate ... and then life happens. That’s the theme of What Lies Ahead…—an evening of stories about the delight, longing and uncertainty of everyday living in the first Portland Storytellers Guild show in the coming year.

Janice Alexander, Rick Huddle, Rick Huddle, Chuck McConnell and Kelly Hoffman will share tales of laughter and challenge, triumph and tragedy, unexpected opportunities and unintended consequences— a new father’s diaper skills, a young girl’s choice after the KKK burns a cross in her town, one man’s decision after losing his spouse, the true story behind the lyrics of a well-known song and more. 

Kelly Hoffman has delighted audiences with her stories since grade school (and now it hardly ever gets her into trouble). Take sheer physical power coupled with dynamic cadences, throw in a rich and varied life filled with powerful personal experiences and you start to get an idea of what her stories are like. She has been a member of the Merchant Marines, a firefighter, a marriage and family therapist, a mom and a wife. Kelly has two master’s degrees, each focusing on the healing benefits of storytelling for society and in families.

Rick Huddle has performed in schools across the U.S. as well as in Mexico, Thailand and Colombia and at such noted venues as the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, the Art of Story, Tapestry of Tales and the National Storytelling Festival-Exchange Place. In summers, he teaches performing arts to children with special needs at Camp Yakety Yak. A Mother Story Slam winner, he also dives for Ultimate Frisbees, spins around in a Cyr wheel and hangs out at Posies, a coffee shop in North Portland. Rick says he believes stories, songs and laughter can help people better understand themselves and one another, especially those with whom they disagree.

Chuck McConnell came to Portland in 2010 after two careers in public broadcasting, one at stations in seven states and the other with a national association serving the public broadcasting industry. He has lived in 11 states and traveled through all 50 and was a Peace Corps volunteer in post-Soviet Eastern Europe. Chuck considers his penchant for storytelling “genetic” and proudly proof offers proof — a 1914 certificate honoring his father (a second-grader at the time) for “excellent work in the oral reproduction of stories.”

In its 33rd year, the Portland Storytellers Guild is the area’s oldest and most inclusive storytelling group with nearly 100 members exploring personal narrative as well as fables, folk tales and stories of times gone by. There is a concert on the first Saturday and a story swap on the second Friday of each month from September through May plus four or more workshops each year and the two-day Sarah Hauser Festival of Stories on the first weekend in June with one evening of encore performances by the season’s most accomplished tellers and the other featuring Storython, five-minute stories by newer tellers vying for places in the following season’s concert lineup. The Guild is also Portland’s home for Tellabration, a global celebration in more than 30 locales each November.

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