Professional Storyteller

Share a Story - Change the World

George Allen Williams
  • Male
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • United States
Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share

George Allen Williams's Friends

  • Just Princess
  • Julia Widdop
  • Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith '
  • Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS)
  • Brother Wolf

George Allen Williams's Discussions

Medieval Fair Stories

I'm the King of the Norman, Oklahoma, Medieval fair. It's a three day festival held every spring, and gets about 300,000 visitors. This year, near the end of Day One, we were finishing up packing…Continue

Started Jun 17, 2010

How many tell "original" stories?
5 Replies

Just curious. A lot of my stories are original. Most of them are set in a make believe Oklahoma town called "Busted Flush," and revolve around holidays throughout the year.

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Bullock Oct 5, 2010.

Gifts Received

Gift

George Allen Williams has not received any gifts yet

Give a Gift

 

G.A. Williams. (www.thestorytellingman.com)

Latest Activity

George Allen Williams posted a blog post

Happy New Year...

...for anyone who visits the site & clicks on this post. May 2015 be a time of tales told well and often.- Old Father WilliamSee More
Jan 1, 2015
George Allen Williams left a comment for Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS)
"Hi, Lois. This is George Williams ("Old Father William"). It's been a long time since I've been able to check in with PS... It seems likes it's really...slow. Anything happening that you know of? I'd like to reconnect…"
Dec 24, 2014
George Allen Williams posted a status
"Just joined "Storytellers of New Mexico." Will be a storyteller at the 2015 Medieval Fair in Norman, OK, too. Should be a lot of fun!"
Dec 23, 2014
George Allen Williams posted a blog post

Twelfth Night in Santa Fe, NM

So…just finished a two day run – yes, two day – as Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a roller coaster ride…about three weeks to get it ready, cast members from both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, rehearsals in both cities, too, and we didn’t get to walk the performance space until the day before the performance. Recipe for disaster, right? Wrong. It was a blast. The people gathered for this adventure were top-notch, and really, really good at what they do. (My best friend described us as ‘The Special Forces of Theater” – very apt.)We performed at The Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe, a grand old place built many, many years ago. The Rite has fallen on hard times in many places, and Santa Fe was no exception. The building was for sale for quite some time, but the Powers That Be recently decided that they would try to revitalize the Temple by offering it as a Community Arts Center Performance Space. The group I was working with, Threshold…See More
Dec 16, 2014
George Allen Williams commented on Leslie Slape's blog post My play
"I understand. Best of luck in the process."
Dec 9, 2014
Leslie Slape commented on George Allen Williams's blog post "Lost Letter" Stage Play - Huge Success!
"Congratulations!"
Dec 9, 2014
George Allen Williams posted a status
"Back again. What's been going on here? Who's doing what? I'll be telling stories at The Medieval Fair in Norman, OK in 2015."
Dec 9, 2014
George Allen Williams updated their profile
Dec 9, 2014
George Allen Williams commented on Leslie Slape's blog post My play
"Leslie, that sounds very interesting. I'm a playwright, too, and am very active in the Albuquerque, NM, theater community. Plenty of theaters here looking for new material. If you'd allow it, I'd love to read the script. I'll…"
Dec 9, 2014
George Allen Williams posted a blog post

"Lost Letter" Stage Play - Huge Success!

Greetings, friends! I think a couple of you wanted to hear how my newest stage play ("Lost Letter") fared at it's debut in Albuquerque. Well, to put it succinctly, it was a smashing success!Here's the synopsis:"It's November, 1935, and the U.S. Government has found an 18 year old letter written to a resident of the little town of Oxbow, Oklahoma. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, enjoying the popularity of his 'Fireside Chats,' has decided to have the letter delivered on a live radio broadcast, hoping this will provide a "shot of hope" to counter the seemingly endless rigors of The Depression and Dust Bowl. When the government official assigned to arrange the broadcast arrives in Oxbow, what he discovers threatens to turn what could have been a great human interest story into a disaster for everyone concerned...especially for the people of Oxbow!"I had a great cast, and they brought my characters to life! We had 12 performances, and there was some fierce competition by fancy…See More
Nov 20, 2013
George Allen Williams posted a blog post

Back after a long absence...

It's been quite a while since I've been on PS.I've been writing! (imagine that...)I was working on a stage play. Good story. I sent the first draft to several friends around the country, those who would be honest with me, and asked them to read it and make suggestions. To the person, they all said: "This is great, but what about this?" Every 'this' was different and each was spot-on. I incorporated their suggestions, greatly improving the script, and then arranged a table read here in Albuquerque. All the readers were actors I'd worked with or whose work I had seen and admired. After the reading, everyone said it was great. After thanking them, I asked what else the story needed. I walked away with two more suggestions, that, when incorporated, made the script tighter and better than ever.In late March, I submitted the script - titled "Lost Letter" - to The Adobe Theater here in Albuquerque, and I am thrilled to say that they selected it for production this Fall! It will run the last…See More
Jun 12, 2013
George Allen Williams posted a blog post

A Christmas Story from Busted Flush, Oklahoma

The Christmas-Mobile Otis Blix is the town police chief, one Friday night a few years ago, just before the Annual Busted Flush Christmas Lighting Contest, Otis was had a moment of serendipity that changed town history. Being a man of action, Otis grabbed some PVC pipe and purple glue out of the garage, did some quick measuring and cutting, and before you could say “Boo” had a white plastic frame pressure fitted into the bed of his truck. Then, after a quick trip to the attic, some clever re-wiring, and a generous amount of duct tape, he’d wound Christmas tree lights around every inch of that frame. Then he duct-taped a pre-decorated artificial tree to the bottom of the truck bed, started the engine, put it in gear, and drove down Main Street with the first ever Busted Flush Christmas-Mobile.            Otis’s truck created quite a stir among the Christmas shoppers. The women thought it was hideous, the children thought it was beautiful, and every man in town realized that their Police…See More
Dec 16, 2012
George Allen Williams posted a status
"Just finished a play I've been working on months! Sent it to respected friend to read. It'll make a great show! Objective? Who, me? <LOL>"
Nov 10, 2012
George Allen Williams posted a blog post

A Thanksgiving Story from Busted Flush, OK

Chester Bodine’s Thanksgiving Plan                 Chester Bodine read a book this year. He hadn’t really meant to, but the book’s provocative title (“Gittin’ The Dad-Gum Guvamint Outta Yur Life Fer Good”) appealed to Chester’s pioneering spirit. He’d dropped in the Busted Flush Community Lending Library & Free Political Thought Zone late one Sunday afternoon to rummage through the Lost and Found, spotted the book, sounded out the title, and claimed it as his own. Bessie Moorehouse, co-owner and operator of the Library, had her doubts about Chester’s claim, but since he was Mercy Bodine’s cousin, and because both the Library’s copies were clearly on the shelf, she let him take it. A few weeks later, after finishing the book’s 114 pages, Chester had him a plan for living free of the nefarious interference of “The Dad-Gum Guvamint”, the Tri-Lateral Commission, the New World Order, and about a dozen other yet-to-be named enemies of freedom.          Part One of Chester’s plan…See More
Nov 10, 2012
George Allen Williams posted a status
"Check out "Darin' The Haint," a Busted Flush Halloween story on my blog."
Oct 23, 2012
George Allen Williams posted a blog post

A Halloween Gift from Busted Flush, Oklahoma

Daring The HaintHalloween is a time of excitement in Busted Flush, a little town about sixty-five years southeast of the Capitol. The Mercantile stocks up on plastic masks, nylon costumes and candy. Children look forward to dressing up and gorging themselves on candy. Mothers stock up on castor oil and Pepto-Bismol in anticipation of post-candy-gorge bellyaches, and Doctor Milton Peabody makes sure his office calendar for the next day has plenty of space for walk-ins. School rooms are decorated with construction paper witches, cauldrons, cats, bats, leafless trees and skeletons. The local library hosts its annual “Not Responsible for Accidents Jack O’Lantern Carving Competition,” and the country cooks gather up all the unsold pumpkins and work their seasonal magic by making pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, and toasted pumpkin seeds. They don’t stop there, either. Area kitchens have produced such wonders as pumpkin pudding, pumpkin pancakes, and pumpkin flavored pancake…See More
Oct 22, 2012

Profile Information

Website:
http://thestorytellingman.com
Professional Storyteller is a network for people who work in the field of oral storytelling. Please write a brief paragraph about your work.
Actor, writer, storyteller. I tell some traditional tales, but most of my work is original, set in "Busted Flush, Oklahoma, a little town about 65 years southeast of the Capitol."

George Allen Williams's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

George Allen Williams's Blog

Happy New Year...

...for anyone who visits the site & clicks on this post. May 2015 be a time of tales told well and often.

- Old Father William

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Twelfth Night in Santa Fe, NM

So…just finished a two day run – yes, two day – as Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a roller coaster ride…about three weeks to get it ready, cast members from both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, rehearsals in both cities, too, and we didn’t get to walk the performance space until the day before the performance. Recipe for disaster, right? Wrong. It was a blast. The people gathered for this adventure were top-notch, and really, really good at…

Continue

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

"Lost Letter" Stage Play - Huge Success!

Greetings, friends! I think a couple of you wanted to hear how my newest stage play ("Lost Letter") fared at it's debut in Albuquerque. Well, to put it succinctly, it was a smashing success!

Here's the synopsis:

"It's November, 1935, and the U.S. Government has found an 18 year old letter written to a resident of the little town of Oxbow, Oklahoma. President…

Continue

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 3:26pm — 1 Comment

Back after a long absence...

It's been quite a while since I've been on PS.



I've been writing! (imagine that...)



I was working on a stage play. Good story. I sent the first draft to several friends around the country, those who would be honest with me, and asked them to read it and make suggestions. To the person, they all said: "This is great, but what about this?" Every 'this' was different and each was spot-on. I incorporated their suggestions, greatly improving the script, and then arranged a… Continue

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 5:55pm

Comment Wall (5 comments)

You need to be a member of Professional Storyteller to add comments!

Join Professional Storyteller

At 10:59pm on October 11, 2012, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

OW!  Glad you were able to have the surgery and it went well, but sorry it has you laid up for so long.  Did you need to cancel any gigs?  May the recovery go well and you find lots of stories to take your mind of the pain.

At 2:38am on July 5, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Glad to hear about the books George. As you'll see not all the stories can be adapted for a modern audience, but they are worth a good read!
Dave
At 2:18pm on June 21, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Thanks again George. I'm glad you agree with my sentiments. I also think that stories show us that we are not that different to people from other countries and cultures as well as from different times. When I was telling British tales at the British museum this weekend i had to admit that many stories that we no think of as British came here from the middle east and other far flung places long, long ago!

As for other books, I suggest you take a look at:
Medieval Tales and Stories, Stanley Appelbaum (2000)
Medieval Cautionary Tales, Peter Speed (2003)

Enjoy!
At 1:20pm on June 19, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
I've told for the Portsmouth Mary Rose Trust George and it really is an amazing ship (What's left anyway) Better still is the museum of objects brought up with the hull, including the apothecary's chest with jars of ointment that still have the his finger prints in them! Some real human stories there. I'm off telling at the remains of a castle in the North of England tomorrow, at a place called Knaresborough, but when i return I'll send you some more book suggestions. Best, Dave
At 1:35pm on June 18, 2010, Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' said…
Thanks George for your comment on my story blog. In answer to your question the story is an authentic medieval tale and is taken from a collection of 'Medieval Comic Tales' (1972) edited by a number of noted academics including the Chaucer historian, Derek Brewer. A must for any medieval storyteller George!
 
 
 

Badge

Loading…

© 2017   Created by Don 'Buck P' Creacy.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service