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"Another 55 Minutes with Howard & Loren: More Tales of Sex, Drugs, and Audience Participation" with Howard Lieberman begins our six performance run at ComedySportz (721 Massachusetts Ave) for the Indianapolis Fringe Festival. As we say in the promo "Smoke ‘em! Drink ‘em! Shoot ‘em up! You choose one of the 20 “naughty bits” and nervous making topics and we tell X or R rated (audience's choice) fast, funny, emotionally honest stories of the pleasures of forbidden love, reckless living and making a good confession. We’ve got hippies, hustlers, junkies, God and the Devil -- getting oral, getting physical, getting it over with. Best of all, a few daring (and hopefully not totally sober) individuals get to come on stage and be part of the story..." It's a $10 a ticket with shows on Friday, August 20, 7:30 pm • Saturday, August 21, 3:00 pm • Tuesday, August 24, 6:00 pm • Thursday, August 26, 9:00 pm • Saturday, August 28, 6:00pm • and Sunday, August 29, 9:00 pm. IF you're anywhere close to Indianapolis, IN - come on down, up or across!!!

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An Interview followed by a lovely description of Two Chairs Telling

Minnnesota Microphone recently did an interview with me and a review of the April presentation of Two Chairs Telling. Here it is.

Posted on May 14, 2010 at 2:14pm — 1 Comment

Under the Influence


Yes, I know this Spring Equinox missive is late. I was in Warwick, Rhode Island at “Sharing the Fire,” the New England region’s annual storytelling conference, when the moment of transformation (1:32 EDT) arrived. In what has been a long, dark winter of sorrow and loss, spring could not have come too soon.

In fact, at 1:32 EDT I was 20 minutes into my workshop on “Framing Stories as Advocacy” and quite possibly at the very moment where the woman said, “I didn’t… Continue

Posted on March 31, 2010 at 8:08am

Winter Solstice 2009

Friends, 12/21/09 - 11:47 CST

“How blue the darkening sky, bruised to plum and then to the black of old stage curtains.” That’s how some of you have suggested I start this one. And so I will. It is appropriate as this moment finds me considering the sadness that has welled up these last weeks. Family. Work. Politics. Call it what it is. The bad news outweighs the good and hope becomes a rare commodity. The words of comfort, plentiful and heartfelt as they are, feel false... Not that… Continue

Posted on January 6, 2010 at 1:03pm

Fall Equinox (Yes, two months after the fact)

This was what I posted on the electronic commons: “The last full day of summer is at hand. Tuesday 4:16 Central the eggs can stand on end, the leaves have full permission to turn and depart their branches, the dark comes giddy and soon. Take time to thank your gardens, the beaches and tar, the pop songs that made the summer what it was. Kiss it goodbye. Next year, we'll meet again.”

This was Judy Cooper Lyle response “Do you have to remind us???? I dread winter like the… Continue

Posted on November 15, 2009 at 11:57am

The Summer Solstice letter

I am tardy in many things. Posting this summer solstice missive is one of them, but for those of you who look forward to my little notes on the passing of the seasons and especially for those who e-mailed me to say, where is it? Here it is:

Sunday. The Summer Solstice arrives. Somewhere the songs that greet the day have been sung. Somewhere else the fires that greet the night have been lit and the sparks fly up, the dances danced, the flames leapt over by lovers celebrating… Continue

Posted on July 12, 2009 at 1:01pm

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At 4:59pm on April 22, 2009, Robert Bela Wilhelm said…
Loren, I am always reminded to remind my Solar Season dial with your Solstice and Equinox letters. Thanks.
At 8:37pm on April 8, 2009, Marisa Keegan said…
Hi Loren,

I'm glad you took Molly's advice. =) Thanks for welcoming me.
At 7:40pm on April 7, 2009, velma gladney said…
Hi Loren
So good to hear from you. We miss you over in the windy city. Hope all is going well with your storytelling.
At 4:02pm on March 17, 2009, Silverchin said…
One more bit of info (I'm here at work and have a short bit of time) - not only those epics but I also have original stories and tell folklore mostly from Russia, Appalachia, and the Middle East (love the Sufi - partic. Hodja Nasruddin). I do so dearly love being an obscurantist - e.g., The Fables of Phaedrus (Roman Aesop) are loads of fun. Oops, gotta go, boss calls.
At 3:00pm on March 17, 2009, Silverchin said…
Hey there. Got your message about what type of epics -
hmmm . . .okay, here's what I tell now: 5 of the 7 tablets of the "Enuma Elish," 5 of the stories from "The Ulaid Cycle," and "The Three Sorrows of Storytelling (The Fate of the Children of Lir, The Quest of the Sons of Turenn, The Death of the Sons of Uisneach). Am presently working on "The Book of DeDe Korkut" (Turkish national epic, quite bloody and warlike) and "The Legend of Lord Eight Deer" (recently translated Mixtec Codex - really wanting to make this one tri-lingual, English/Spanish/Nuahtl). Whew!! Have had the privilege of telling stories from the Ulaid cycle in several of the university classes here at St. Edward's University. Anywho, just a few things. BTW, I know and have worked with (peripherally) Elizabeth Ellis. AND I love "Letting the Wolf In . . ."



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