Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Winter/Spring 2018:

Regina Ress, Laura Simms, and Ana Sofia Paiva, with musicians Larry Roland, Salieu Suso, and João Paiva, bring stories, poetry, and music which invite, assure, and challenge us to respond to life, in all its many forms, with love.

The Heart of the Matter
Regina Ress with Larry Roland
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Storyteller Regina Ress and poet/bassist Larry Roland weave a tapestry of stories and poems that speak to the human heart’s unbounded capacity for hope, curiosity, and love. Stories imagined, stories lived, beginnings longed for, endings wished for. For this annual Valentine concert, Regina and Larry weave poetry with classic tales and personal stories that explore the power of love to rescue another, to free oneself, and hold the world safe when the tides of destruction threaten total annihilation.

Regina Ress has performed  programs in English and Spanish across the US and around the world from Broadway to Brazil, grade schools to senior centers, homeless shelters to The White House. 2017 brought her to India and to her 25th year telling stories in Central Park. She teaches Storytelling at NYU and co-produces films on domestic violence (

Larry Roland has merged his poetry with the acoustic bass to form a unique combination of art that blends the European literal, and the "African in America" oral traditions. He has performed across the US and Canada, as well as in Germany, Italy, and Nigeria. His latest CD, As Time Flows On, features Larry accompanying himself on bass and reciting his poetry.

Falling in Love with the World
Laura Simms with Salieu Suso
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Laura Simms and renowned griot Salieu Suso offer stories and music in service of uncovering and sharing the fundamental, untarnishable truth of our connection to each other, nature, and spirit. Laura combines potent myth and personal stories in celebration of the medicine of spoken word. To be moved and opened, transformed and inspired is to access within ourselves inherent joy, resources of skillful means, and the place where transformation occurs. The program includes subway tales, meetings with remarkable teachers, and the Origin of healing Song.
Laura Simms is an award-winning performer, writer, and educator advocating storytelling as compassionate action for personal and community transformation. She performs worldwide for adult and young audiences. She is a major force in the revival of engaged storytelling worldwide. She is on the Steering Council for Global Education (a UN NGO), is a senior mindfulness teacher, and the winner of the National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Salieu Suso was born into a family of traditional musicians/historians from Gambia, West Africa, that extends back nearly 1000 years. He performed extensively throughout Africa and Europe before settling in the US, where he has lectured and performed at such places as NY’s Town Hall, Symphony Space, and the Apollo Theatre  He is a leader in the US African music scene.
Water Voices
Ana Sofia Paiva with João Paiva
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Portuguese storyteller Ana Sofia Paiva, accompanied by João Paiva, brings an aquatic heart of narrative and song, and an invitation to share memory and silence. Her work of traditional ballads and tales is shaped by the geography and cultures of the Iberian peninsula seen through the lens of Atlantismo. The program includes old southern laments, raw voices of water creatures, sirens, and serpents urging us to resist a world where nothing seems to make sense and helping us to remember who we really are.

Ana Sofia Paiva has appeared in her home country, Portugal, as well as in Scotland, Iran, Argentina, Brazil, and Spain. She was a fellow at City Lore  in NYC and developed a poetry program with the local Portuguese community.  Ana is member of  Lisbon’s Institute for Studies of Traditional Literature and  a member of the collective Memória Imaterial, an organization dedicated to the Portuguese intangible cultural heritage.
João Paiva is a multi-talented musician whose main instrument is guitar. Most recently he has been appearing at small and large venues in Portugal, playing his original music as well as covering other guitarists. He recently released his first original album with his rock band Ossos do Officio. His music evokes water, the density of night, the brilliance of wings in flight.

All shows are at the historic Provincetown Playhouse at 133 Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village, one block south of Washington Square Park.
Closest subways: West 4th Street (A, B, C, D, E, F, M); Sheridan Square (1); Astor Place (6); 8th Street (N, R)

Events are free. Shows are at 3:00 P.M.
Box office opens at 2:00 PM
All shows are appropriate for adults and youth 12 and older

Information line  212-998-5867

David Montgomery, Director, Program in Educational Theatre
Regina Ress, Producer