The Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival

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Singer-songwriter and storyteller Steve Poltz
Master storyteller and actress Dolores Hydock.
Irish storyteller Clare Murphy.

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City presents the 32nd-annual Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, September 6-8, 2012, on the Arts Council Campus (400 W. California Ave.) in downtown OKC.

The Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival now consists of three evening performance with a newly added Thursday evening performance – all intended for adults. A special family matinee is held at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The tellers will also teach their art in professional workshops during the mornings and afternoons, with free events hosted during the lunch hour.

“We are so excited to bring these incredible storytellers to Oklahoma, said Christina Foss, director of the Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival. “We will hear all sorts of stories from humorous to inspirational to ancient tales with music to personal stories, which will make for a very special festival.”

After much planning, volunteer co-chairs Anita Baker and Tony Lacy promise a weekend full of entertaining stories from world-renowned tellers Dolores Hydock, Clare Murphy, Steve Poltz and Antonio Sacre.

“This big-top event promises to be fun, entertaining and educational – something for everyone,” said Anita Baker. “Our storytellers are the cream of the crop, freshly handpicked from the storytelling epicenter in Jonesborough, Tennessee.”
An actress and storyteller since the age of five, Dolores Hydock is a greatly sought-after performer. Her award-winning adaptations of medieval adventures and traditional tales interweave with the haunting medieval song of the PanHarmonium trio – making the magic and mystery of ancient wisdom come alive. Dolores has been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival, served as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, and has won Resource Awards from Storytelling World Magazine for her eight CDs of original stories.
Born in Dublin, Clare Murphy has lived in Spain, America and Galway, and currently resides in London. Her repertoire of tales and shows extends from her beloved Irish mythology to world folklore, anecdotes, fables, death stories, personal tales and original stories. She has performed in more than twenty countries at locations including, the Globe Theatre, the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, the Toronto International Storytelling Festival and the Alden Biesen Storytelling Festival.

A native of Canada’s Halifax, Nova Scotia, Steve Poltz is regarded as one of the most-talented and prolific songwriters of our time, as his songs have been among the longest running ever on the Billboard Top 100 and his debut solo album earned three and a half stars in Rolling Stone. Any musician who has traveled as extensively as Poltz will have their share of colorful road stories, but Poltz’ adventures read like a bucket list — meeting Elvis Presley, trick-or-treating at Liberace’s house and being Bob Hope’s favorite altar boy. His live shows have captivated audiences far and wide with a mix of singing, storytelling, shredding, and the occasional spoken word rants which have been known to incite riots.

Born in Boston, Antonio Sacre is an internationally touring writer, storyteller and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. As a storyteller, Sacre draws from an extensive repertoire that includes folk tales, myths and legends from around the world, focusing on Spanish-speaking countries, especially Mexico. Beyond his talents as a writer and storyteller, Sacre is an award-winning solo performance artist praised by critics as “… and extraordinary talent for engaging an [adult] audience.”

Tickets for the performances and workshops begin at $15 ($3 for a child) and may be purchased online at www.artscouncilokc.com or by calling 405.270.4848. A student discount is available when purchasing tickets at the event and with presentation of a valid university student ID card.

 

The Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival, produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, is presented by Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy Corporation, with additional support from Allied Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

 

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