“Fugitive Stories” brings new and experienced storytellers together to challenge and delight us with this profoundly personal, accessible craft.
Experienced invited tellers prepare five- to six-minutes stories. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a two- to three-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.
Friday, February, 24: “Tolerance”
at Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham
Whatever your politics — personal or in a larger social context — it's fair to say that “tolerance” is definitely a subject du jour. Tolerance can mean an ability to deal with conflict or pain. It can be a negative — “I can barely tolerate so-and-so's behavior.” And it can be a sign of compassion, acceptance, and understanding. What's your story?
We are thrilled to have scheduled several of the best storytellers from the Greater Boston area to tell this evening — Kemp Harris, Katie Liesener, Srilatha Rajamani, and Finley Smith.
KEMP HARRIS is a storyteller, composer, musician, children’s author, and actor. He has performed as a storyteller at festivals, schools, and libraries across the country. As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and Koko Taylor. He has written and performed original compositions for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and WGBH public television. Harris is the rare artist who demonstrates a gift for any expressive form he touches. “Kemp Harris is a thief, a tease and a heartbreaker. Plus, [he] knows too much. And it’s all right there when he sings. Beautifully there.” — Tom Ashbrook (host of “On Point,” NPR)
KATIE LIESENER is Massmouth’s 2016 Grand Champion and a Moth Grand Slam finalist. She mesmerizes audiences with true stories that describe life’s moments and her intimate challenges with them. She is a Massmouth Story Slam producer and active volunteer — to keep the art of true storytelling alive and well in the Greater Boston area. She has been featured at storytelling conferences and workshops across the U.S. While she hails from the Midwest, she now warmly claims Boston as her home.
FINLEY SMITH is a voice actor and professional tutor/teacher. Finley grew up in Connecticut, where her parents and her sister along with her extended army of cousins, aunts, and uncles taught her to embrace the magic of storytelling at an early age. (It was the only way to compete for airtime at family dinners.) Finley has a B.A in English from Tulane University, so she still harbors a warm place in her heart for the Crescent City . In her spare time, she enjoys theater, sailing, gymnastics, hiking, and Scrabble.
AMANDA GOODWIN is a Moth StorySLAM winner and the Head of Storytelling and Stewardship at The Life is Good Kids Foundation where she shares the many stories of the Foundation’s life-changing social work. Prior to LIG, he served as the Director of On-Air Fundraising and Marketing at the WGBH Educational Foundation. Amanda finds great joy in connecting and caring for those around her. In addition to her skill at storytelling she is a published short story author and gratitude blogger.
We’ve invited two Framingham residents to share their stories:
REV. DR. J. ANTHONY LLOYD has served for the past 20 years as the pastor of the Greater Framingham Community Church, an interdenominational church of over 450 households serving the MetroWest area. Originally from Philadelphia, PA he has several degrees including a Doctor of Ministry in the area of preaching for social change from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.
We are also very pleased to have one a teenager from MASJID-E-BASHEER in Framingham.