“Story People Storyteller preparing us for the Forest Storytelling Festival”
First Friday Storynight at BLTC
Oct 5, 2012 – 7-9pm
Better Living Through Coffee – 100 Tyler St., Port Townsend, WA 98368
$10 Suggested Donation; no one turned away
Come join the Mythsinger Foundation and host Brian Rohr in welcoming Story People Storyteller Erran Sharpe as this months Featured Storyteller for First Friday Storynight at BLTC. Story People is the Port Angeles Storytelling Guild that is responsible for putting on the popular Forest Storytelling Festival for the past 18 years. This year it will be held Oct 19-21 at Peninsula College.
Erran’s program in Port Townsend is titled: Magic, used for good and for ill. “Many stories involve magic of one sort or another.” Explains Sharpe. “Tonight’s stories will feature magic in its varied forms.”
Host and Storyteller Brian Rohr will also perform, sharing his gifts as he returns from a successful Illinois Storytelling Tour last month.
As is our tradition, we will also host an open mic section, so please bring your own short story, song, dance, poem or some other performative form to share… only rules are it must obviously be a story and no reading, everything must be shared in the ways of the oral tradition.
About the Artists:
Erran Sharpe uses stories of growth and change in his work as a healer. Ever since he was a teenager he has loved how ancient stories tell deep truth about life. He became acquainted with the art of live storytelling around age 40 and has found himself slowly and inexplicably drawn to telling in front of audiences, despite his naturally shy and introverted nature. Attending the Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles was his “gateway” activity, and now he is routinely seeking out opportunities to share the experience of storytelling with audiences. Says Sharpe, “It is only a matter of time before I will need detox and treatment for my storytelling addiction!”
Brian Rohr is a storyteller and healing arts practitioner living here in Port Townsend, WA. Having moved from Chicago in 2007 to study with local master Storyteller Daniel Deardorff, he has since shared myth from different cultures to national and international audiences. Locally, Rohr first began hosting a bi-monthly Storynight at the Boiler Room in 2009, before moving it to its present monthly format at Better Living Through Coffee for the past 23 months. He is an active Board Member of the Mythsinger Foundation and fully believes that the old stories are alive, vital and can inform us on how to live our lives as authentic human beings.
About First Friday Storynight
This monthly event explores the art and ritual of the oral tradition: sharing the old myths, folk tales, and fairy tales along with more modern stories and personal sharings. Showcased will be local and visiting storytellers, musicians and weavers of magic with words. Each month, there are two to three featured tellers, and space for guests in the audience to share a story or two during the open mic sections. First Friday Storynight is supported by the Port Townsend Arts Commission.
BLTC is a family owned and operated coffee house located in Downtown Port Townsend.