Share a Story - Change the World
I had a whale of a good time onstage last night. I had six people in the audience, some who paid, some who didn't, but all of them very supportive. I told, Pygmalion & Galatea, Pyramus & Thisbe, What Every Woman Wants: The Marriage of Dame Ragnell and Sir Gawain, and The Devil's Bet, a story which was one of the bases for Shakespeare's comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. Unlike my usual ways of storytelling, I sat on a stool and simply told, but still used my voice and body to convey character changes and must admit that I enjoy telling stories this way as well. Usually, for those of you wham have seen me perform before, this sitting and telling is a new way for me and a way I think I will try again soon. I also have some news to share. I will be presenting a one-man performance piece at the Lehigh Storytelling Festival Fringe in Pennsylvania in April. It's a one-man piece that I have been working on for over a year and it's still going through some rewrites. I am excited about bringing my own adult-oriented pieces to an adult market. I mean, I love telling stories to children and love doing the traditional fairy and folk tales warts and all (no pun intended--i.e. warts....frogs...), but I want to do more avant-garde, in-your-face, agit-prop style storytelling theatre and the Fringes are the pefect market for these type of works. I get many of my ideas from reading GLBT magazines and newspapers and from talking with fellow GLBT performance artists and storytellers. I still feel that I have to be careful about doing some things because there is still existing in our society a strong hatred for GLBT people--even in the storytelling community (I could tell you a tale of homophobia directed at me from someone, but the story is going to be a part of my performance piece, so you all will have to wait).
Anyway, that's all for now. I'll write soon. If you have any suggestions on where to perform the kind of work I am doing, please let me know. I mean, for me, we are all family is supposed to be there for each other, so.....thanks for your support and friendship.