The Mount welcomes massmouth, inc. for a evening of riveting narrative in its oldest, most intimate and revealing form: the human voice. The doors and bar will open at 7:30 pm; the program will begin at 8.
Enjoy captivating, real-life narratives presented by seven award-winning performers: H.R. Britton, Jannelle Codianni, Norah Dooley, Liz Martin, Theresa Okokon, Brendyn Schneider, and Darlene White.
Presented in partnership with massmouth, the highly lauded Massachusetts-based organization dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling, this event is made possible through support from the Amy Clampitt Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, as well as a gift from the Xeric Foundation, Inc.
H.R. Britton has been telling stories across the U.S. and Canada since 1997. “Melting in Madras” was chosen for the 2013 Fringe NYC Encore at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. H.R. is an active member of massmouth.com, has hosted many Boston-area story slams, teaches storytelling in public schools through the Stories Live program and hosts the monthly 1st Person Plural storytelling show at Club Passim in Cambridge.
Jannelle Codianni has a self-described “cute life” in the suburbs where she homeschools her kids, raises chickens, gardens, and attempts to live on what she preserves. She’s an herbalist too but to balance out the granola she periodically sneaks into town to check out a burlesque.
Norah Dooley (who’s also acting as host) is an “… entrancing storyteller” (Boston Globe), author, performer, and keynote speaker on literacy and storytelling. She’s been a featured storyteller in several festivals. In 2013 she performed at the Exchange Place of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough,TN.
Norah is the co-founder of Boston based massmouth,inc. a state wide organization that promotes the art of storytelling. She is project director of StoriesLive® which over the past 4 years has taught over 6,000 Greater Boston high school students to tell compelling first person narratives. She teaches storytelling to undergraduates at Tufts and she is an adjunct at Lesley University as well. In Jan 2014, she lectured on storytelling and language acquisition in Tokyo, Japan as part of a multi-year grant funded by the Japanese government. Norah’s four published picture books are available at LernerBooks.com. All titles Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, Everybody Serves Soup, Everybody Brings Noodles are about her family and their former Cambridge neighbors. Norah has six spoken word/storytelling CDs all produced by Seat of Her Pants Productions and available at CDBaby.com. www.norahdooley.com<
Liz Martin: When not telling silly or off-color stories, Liz Martin is using storytelling to educate people about police brutality in Brazil through her campaign: www.dontkill4me.org
Theresa Okokon is a Wisconsinite, a social worker, a yogi, a storyteller, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and a reality TV aficionado. She loves NPR, public libraries, 90s music, singing in the car, and slowing down to breathe. Theresa writes most of her stories in the shower: you should try it!
Brendyn Schneider: Published writer and professional storyspinner, Brendyn Schneider has been a featured performer with massmouth, the Arlington International Film Festival, the Moth and other fine groups at action-packed venues across New England. His live tales of nostalgia and present day octane can be found at brendynschneider.com.
Darlene White grew up in the idyllic Berkshires of western MA, in a crowded tenement apartment with her hard gambling mother who ran poker games and illegal horse racing operations. While her menacing siblings rambled the neighborhood looking for trouble, Darlene stayed home and read “Lassie Come Home” while keeping an eye out for the cops.
To give you a taste of what’s in store, here’s a previous performance by H.R. Britton: