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Leslie Slape
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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!
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Dec 9, 2014
Leslie Slape commented on Leslie Slape's blog post My play
"I just might do that, if you don't mind waiting a bit. After I wrote the above post, I presented it as a staged reading and got a lot of very helpful feedback. After that I left my newspaper job and am studying playwriting at Portland State…"
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…"
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My play

I've spent nearly two years working on a play about the friendship between a sheriff and the man he ultimately hangs for murder. It's based on true events from 1891-92. It's been fascinating to research. About a year ago I told the story as an oral tale in a storytelling concert. Gosh, I wish I had taped it! It went really well, but I'll never remember what I said. Last August two actors helped me present the play as a staged reading. It got great response but it's not done, not by a long shot.…See More
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"I've spent nearly two years working on a play about the friendship between a sheriff and the man he ultimately hangs for murder. It's based on true events from 1891-92. It's been fascinating to research. About a year ago I told the…"
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"I've gone back to college. At 57, I feel like a kid again. Majoring in English, minor in writing, going to be a playwright."
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My play

I've spent nearly two years working on a play about the friendship between a sheriff and the man he ultimately hangs for murder. It's based on true events from 1891-92. It's been fascinating to research. About a year ago I told the story as an oral tale in a storytelling concert. Gosh, I wish I had taped it! It went really well, but I'll never remember what I said. Last August two actors helped me present the play as a staged reading. It got great response but it's not done, not by a long…

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Posted on June 21, 2014 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

My novella

I'm writing a storytelling-based novella, working on my fifth draft. The process is exciting to me! I've written lots of short stories, as well as newspaper stories, but I've never written anything this lengthy before. (However, at 24,000 words it's short when compared with the average novel.)

It's a framing story with numerous internal stories, most of them stand-alone tales adaptable for oral performance. I've performed some of them already.

The idea came from my short story,…

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Posted on January 28, 2011 at 9:40am

Story in progress

This story, or at least this much of it, came to me in the rain. Funny how, for me, a good hard rain sends my mind into the dream-state. Once I was asked to write a story for a wedding and it wrote itself in its entirety during a particularly heavy storm.

Anyway, this story isn't finished because it didn't rain long enough. I'm posting this much in case anyone has suggestions, feedback, etc. Meanwhile, I'll keep working on it.



Honeygirl



Tom was 13 when his father… Continue

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Fun with dialects

I think it would have been fun to watch the dialect comedians in vaudeville, as long as they didn't get too insulting. I grew up surrounded by accents from the Old Country. One grandfather was from Finland, the other from Russia. My grandmothers' ancestors had been here longer, but there were still accents of long ago in their speech. One of the towns where I lived as a child was filled with Italians. I remember one old man letting me pick a May Day bouquet from his garden with, "Pick a nice-a… Continue

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 12:13pm

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At 12:27am on June 21, 2014, Leslie Slape said…

I've spent nearly two years working on a play about the friendship between a sheriff and the man he ultimately hangs for murder. It's based on true events from 1891-92. It's been fascinating to research. About a year ago I told the story as an oral tale in a storytelling concert. Gosh, I wish I had taped it! It went really well, but I'll never remember what I said. Last August two actors helped me present the play as a staged reading. It got great response but it's not done, not by a long shot. I love using storytelling as part of the process, not only in creating the play but as an element of one of the characters. The prisoner is a storyteller, and that's how he connects with the sheriff.

At 1:18am on September 30, 2008, True Thomas the Storyteller said…
thanks for the feedback. I'm going to chew on it a while. You would'nt happen to have any documentable pre-16th celtic music lying around would you. Extra points if it's non-ecclisiastical. Ta veddy mooch!
At 6:12am on September 9, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
Hello Leslie;

What a great site PS has become and what a great community of tellers. Forgive me for being so late in greeting you. Recently my heart decided to throw a little surprise party at the emergency room... not a heart attack just Pericarditis (non-lethal... only painful condition). I am recovering nicely, was able to go ahead and get married and move. So you might forgive my late greeting. Hope you join some of the groups... mine will pick back up as I get more settled into our new routines. Anyway... welcome to PS and I hope you learn to love it and this wonderful collection of tellers as much as I do.

Buck
At 10:16pm on September 8, 2008, True Thomas the Storyteller said…
It's kind of sad really- I specialize in Folk tales, most of which are not documentable pre-16th century. I perform for most of the Irish Festivals, the Getty Museum, the Armand Hammer Museum, yada yada, teach storytelling classes in the sca, so on so forth. In Caid we have few "performing laurels" who actually perform. And even fewer who are out there making things happen. Ironic that this is CA, and near hollyweird. It really has become about the politics and not the expertise as far as I can tell. I applaud An-Tir for realizing just how important storytelling is in and to the SCA. If you would'nt mind my asking, how did your laurelate decide that your expertise (or the others) was "laurel" quality. And is there a secret website of kick-ass SCA tellers out there somewhere? (and if so, who do I need to bribe to get access?) I'm one of few fyrecrawling storytellers in Caid, and for many years, at war, I would tell from 7pm till 3 pm, 2-3 nights in a row. I'm a single parent now, but for a long time I offered my fyrecrawling 101 classes, and classes on storytelling...after 7 years, I just decided I needed to go on hiatus...I also produced the Sunday evening bardic concerts at Estrella and Potrero wars. At my last concert, I have 4.5 hours of entertainment, 600 plus people, sound, lighting, green room (with massuer) and 14 acts from around the knowne world. Alas, since it was more or less a variety show, not much telling got done. But the concerts rocked! I'm just kinda sad that now that I've pulled back- there is not a lot of "story specific" stuff being done. I've heard of the legendary Duke Cariodoc. Maybe I need to come out there some time ;)
At 1:10am on September 8, 2008, True Thomas the Storyteller said…
Great to meet another SCA/Teller. I would love to hear some of your russian tales, not too many people doing it. One of my big problems in the SCA is overcoming the bad telling- well intentioned folks who don't have the chops, kinda ruining it for other tellers. You say you want to tell a story, and a lot of folks run for the hills. Fortunately, I've got enough name-fame that it's not so much of a problem any more. Question- do you know of any laurels in the SCA who specialize in telling, folktales or otherwise? Just curious- True
At 12:35am on August 13, 2008, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…
Leslie:

Welcome to Professional Storyteller. Thank you for your kind words. I think as you explore around the site, you'll find lots of other useful information as well as make some meaningful connections with other tellers. I love that this site is bringing together tellers from all over the world. Best wishes and Happy Tales to You!

Warmly,
Dianne de Las Casas
Founder of Professional Storyteller
 
 
 

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