Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Winter/Spring 2019 

Storytellers Sheila Arnold, Regina Ress, and Valentina Ortiz bring their diverse voices, telling stories of resilience, resistance, humor, and love.

Ol’ Bess Speaks at a Gathering
Sheila Arnold
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

 Sheila Arnold

Storyteller Sheila Arnold gives voice to Ol’ Bess, a tavern slave from 18th-century Williamsburg, Virginia. She invites her listeners to a slave-gathering where she shares songs and stories from her life and times. Along with tales of humor, lessons learned and dreams from Colonial America, “Ol’ Bess” also shares personal stories about her life – its joys, sorrows and hopes. Arnold’s delightful and thought provoking performance is both a fascinating look at Colonial America and a stirring glimpse  into the strength of one human spirit.

Appropriate for adults and youth 10 and older.

Sheila Arnold of Hampton, VA, is a storyteller, teaching artist and historic character interpreter, taking on the role of historical characters to tell stories through their eyes. She’s been program coordinator and performer at Colonial Williamsburg and a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and International Storytelling Center stages in Jonesborough, Tennessee. She is the lead performer and CEO of History’s Alive. “Ms. Sheila" has been performing full-time since 2003, and travels nationally each year. 

Village Voices
Regina Ress with musician Michael Moss
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

 Ress and Moss

Resident of NYC’s fabled Greenwich Village for nearly half a century, Regina Ress lovingly brings us the voices of her neighbors, along with her own, as we meet old Italians and homeless angels, supreme court justices and mafia dons, 9/11 volunteers, and the Provincetown Playhouse’s founding poet, Edna St Vincent Millay. The stories are true (or at least mainly true!) and give a glimpse of the diversity of life in the ‘hood. Regina will be joined by another longtime Village denizen, musician Michael Moss.
Appropriate for adults and youth 12 and older.
Regina Ress is an award winning storyteller, actor, author, and educator who has performed and taught from Broadway to Brazil, in English and Spanish, in settings from grade schools to senior centers, prisons to Carnegie Hall, homeless shelters to The White House. She is a founding member of Healing Voices-Personal Stories, which produces short films on domestic violence. Regina teaches applied storytelling at NYU and produces this long-running storytelling series at the Provincetown Playhouse.
Jazz composer Michael Moss has been a part of the downtown music scene for over 50 years. He’s led musical groups such as Accidental Orchestra and New York Free Quartet, and collaborated with a wide array of artists  including puppeteer Ralph Lee, choreographer Judith Moss, and storyteller Diane Wolkstein. His musical offerings appear on Regina Ress’s CD New York and Me and on numerous CDs released on his label, 4th Stream Records.
En el Camino~Stories of Migration and Love
Valentina Ortiz
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

 Valentina Ortiz

“Desplazado” is the correct word to define a migrant: a person forced off their land, away from their culture. For Mexican storyteller Valentina Ortiz, migration started at age two. As she walked the paths of the world she learned to love, laugh, cry, sing, and tell her stories. “En el Camino~Stories of Love and Migration” will take you from the child faced with the learning of several languages to the grown woman who whispers to her plastic pet alligator as she roams the streets of New York.

Appropriate for adults and youth 12 and older.

Valentina Ortiz speaks the ancient Aztec wisdom as well as the modern stories of Mexico. She has been on stage since she was six as an actress, musician, and storyteller. In Mexico, the US, and other parts of the world she works for children and for adult audiences. She now deeply enjoys multilingual storytelling – Spanish, Nahuatl, English, and French – and continues to work in small Mexican communities bringing the stories back home.

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

2/10 show appropriate for adults and youth 10 and older 
4/28 & 5/12 shows appropriate for adults and youth 12 and older

Information line  212-998-5867

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