Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Fall 2018 
Identity: Losing It, Finding It, Owning It

Who are we as Americans? Through widely different cultural and historical lenses, storytellers Michele Carlo, Dovie Thomason, and Loren Niemi bring some perspective on this very contemporary question.

Fish Out of Agua
Michele Carlo
Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

 Michele Carlo

Michele Carlo, a redheaded, freckle-faced Puerto Rican raised in an Italian/Irish Bronx neighborhood, grew up as a double-outsider: too “white” for some of her family and a mystery to nearly everyone else. By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, her search for identity unfolds like a runaway #6 train amid the backdrop of a long-gone New York City. Adapted from Michele's 2010 memoir Fish Out Of Agua: My Life on Neither Side of the (Subway) Tracks.

Michele Carlo has told stories across the U.S., including at the Clearwater-on-the-Hudson Arts & Music festival, the MOTH’s GrandSlams and Mainstage shows in NYC, on NPR and the PBS TV series “Stories from the Stage.” She is the author of the NYC-set memoir Fish Out Of Agua: My Life on Neither Side of the (Subway) Tracks (Citadel, 2010) and hosts a radio show/podcast called “Fish Out Of Agua” on Radio Free Brooklyn, showcasing under-the-radar NYC artists. 

The Spirit Survives: "Education for Extinction" at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School
Dovie Thomason
Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

 Dovie Thomason

For decades the Indigenous nations of North America suffered the loss of their children to government boarding schools, where they were forcibly “re-educated” to assimilation and “civilization,” at the cost of culture and identity. Renowned Native American storyteller Dovie Thomason, of Lakota, Apache, and Scot Traveller descent, introduces us to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and its profound and lingering impact on Indian and non-Indian people. Her story explores the narratives and inner resources that enabled the spirit and identity of Native peoples to survive and raises provocative questions for all contemporary Americans.
Dovie Thomason has performed across the US and around the world, including at the Smithsonian and Kennedy Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa, and numerous national and international storytelling festivals. Her role as a traditional cultural artist has been honored by the National Storytelling Network’s ORACLE Circle of Excellence Award and the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers’ Traditional Storyteller Award.
Bad Brother: Religion and Politics in '69
Loren Niemi
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

 Loren Niemi

Are there parallels between the circumstances of late '60’s and our current political/social stresses? In Bad Brother, Loren Niemi draws on his experience of being in a Catholic religious order during the tumult of Vietnam, Civil Rights, and Vatican II, including his involvement with the September 1968 burning of draft files with homemade napalm by the Milwaukee 14 and their subsequent trial. As Loren says, "I entered The Christian Brothers order Catholic and left seven years later a bad Buddhist with an FBI file."

Loren Niemi is an innovative storyteller, a published poet, the author of “The New Book of Plots” and co-author with Elizabeth Ellis of the critically acclaimed, “Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories.” He has been performing solo and duo performances in Fringe Festivals around the country since 1995 and is the recipient of a 2016 National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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 13 and older

Information line  212-998-5867

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

Photo credits: Michele Carlo: G. Balkcom, Dovie Thomason: Arieh Ress, Loren Niemi: Joann Niemi