Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Spring 2017 Season – Journeying: The Heart of  Storytelling

Weaving traditional stories with personal narrative, spoken word with music, the here and now with historic past and fantastic future, internationally renowned storytellers Therese Plair, Regina Ress, and Joseph Sobol spirit us through time and space, around the world, and into the heart of human experience for our spring series at NYU’s historic Provincetown Playhouse.

Therese Plair performs The Reclamation of Love
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Through the rich Black legacy of storytelling and music, Therese Plair reflects on growing up in America of African, Gullah, Panamanian, and Cherokee descent. Longing for her community and self to heal from the ravages of slavery, Jim Crow, and racism.
To see the rich universe of Love. To hold Love in her hands. To Love Big. To be Free.
To Pass it on. This performance honors the women and men whose courage, longings and conviction have preserved cultural values, forms, and community. (Appropriate for adults and youth 14 and older.)

Award-winning performing artist and classically trained musician Therese Plair has traveled extensively performing music, myths, and folktales and leading workshops on storytelling, movement, and sound. She has focused on the music and the oral and written literature of people of African descent. Since 1990, she has spent time each year in West Africa researching oral traditions, language, and women’s rituals, including traveling to seven African countries for the US State Department’s Speakers’ Program.

Regina Ress performs Ecstatic States in Exotic Lands
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

From Durga’s fiery Temple dances in Bali to Tutu Pele’s volcanic eruptions on Hawaii, storyteller and intrepid traveler Regina Ress (recently returned from India) weaves tales of her own storied journeys through ancient myth, exotic lands, and the ecstasy experienced when we step out of our comfort zones into non-ordinary reality. The Goddess shows up, as do wise old men, young and old lovers, some gorgeous landscapes, and deeper understanding of the human heart’s immense capacity for love. (Appropriate for adults and youth 14 and older.)

Regina Ress, longtime resident of Greenwich Village, has performed and taught from Broadway to Brazil, from homeless shelters and prisons to Lincoln Center and the White House. She’s told stories in English and Spanish in numerous national and international festivals and September will mark her 25th year performing in Central Park. Recipient of NSN’s Oracle Award, she teaches storytelling for NYU’s Educational Theatre and the Multilingual/Multicultural Studies Programs and has produced Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse since 2003.

Joseph Sobol performs Jack and the Least Gal: A Fantasia of Appalachian Wonder Tales
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Journey into the phantasmagorical world of Jack, the Appalachian wonder tale hero, and his female counterpart, the Youngest Daughter (“Least Gal”), in Joseph Sobol’s virtuoso contemporary retelling of the Hero/Heroine’s Journey. Weaving traditional and original songs with stories and his distinctive finger style cittern playing, Sobol teases the ancient tales to bring out their overtones of power and helplessness, sexuality and violence, witchcraft and wisdom, in a performance humorous, sinister, and revelatory. (Appropriate for adults and youth 12 and older.)

Joseph Sobol is a storyteller, music-maker, folklorist, and author who tours internationally as a as performer, teacher, composer, and virtuoso musician on cittern, guitar, and various fretted instruments. He has a Master's in Folklore from  the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Since 2000, he has coordinated the Graduate Program in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University.

All shows are at the historic Provincetown Playhouse at 133 Macdougal Street, NYC.

Events are free. Box office opens one hour before the show
Information line  212-998-5867
David Montgomery, Program Director, Program in Educational Theatre
Regina Ress, Producer