Come enjoy an evening of humorous tales and stories including regional stories, folk tales, wild lies and personal stories. Some of the stories will be accompanied by guitar and banjo.
"Ever since humans have had a voice, they’ve used the medium of storytelling to help them understand their feelings, the world around them and their place within it. Storytelling is an art form that requires more than a voice that resonates with feeling. Storytelling conveys messages through a narrative that comes alive with the telling.
In his book Letting Stories Breathe, Arthur Frank writes: “Stories work with people, for people, and on people, affecting what people are able to see as real, as possible, and as worth doing or best avoided. Human life depends on the stories we tell: the sense of self that those stories impart, the relationships constructed around shared stories, and the sense of purpose that stories both propose and foreclose.” ------Michael Burch
The South’s rich storytelling heritage is a collective oral history of what the region’s people have been, what they are, and what they might become in today’s constantly shifting culture. Stories help people understand the world around them, their place in it and their feelings about it. In a time when technology erects barriers to face-to-face interaction, the skilled storyteller still creates a personal, front-porch kind of community experience.
Asheville-based Michael Burch is a people-watcher and avid listener who finds inspiration for his stories everywhere. His easy-going style belies the serious thought he’s given to the role and importance of the storyteller in the modern world. Although he grew up surrounded by the storytelling tradition, he also very aware of the conscious theatricality behind a good story, and tailors his details and delivery for each audience. His willingness to play with age-old storytelling conventions is evident in story titles like Juan and the Cell Phone Tower, The Giant and the Inline Skates, and Hiawatha Morgenstain.
Burch will be joined by Debbie Gurriere, a childrens’ school librarian who knows the distinction between merely telling a story and being a storyteller. At one point she took a leave of absence to study storytelling at the graduate level, and she’s become a sought after performer and host at storytelling festivals. Also on the bill is Pete Koschnik of Weaverville. A former instructor of theater arts at Oberlin College, he’s an expert in puppet history, construction and manipulation. As “Professor Peter Puppet” he presents classic folk tales and modern myths with a unique personal twist.