Speak Story Series

2019 Michael & Carrie Kline

2019 Appalachian Heritage Storytellers-In-Residence
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Sunday April 7

2:00 - 5:00 Workshop
Listening for a Change: Gathering Local Memory and Wisdom
Get beyond the printed pages of written history into the thickets of local memory and knowledge. This course offers techniques for recording the voices and testimonials of those not usually included in the public record. Learn about the kinds of customs rarely found in books, from the lips of Allegheny elders whose youth was shaped by everyday conventions unheard of today. Practice techniques for garnering the stories of ordinary people as conveyors of community values and individual creative expression. Participants will learn how to "birth" a story, gaining an appreciation for deep history and spoken arts, useful in our primary research and writing.

Sunday April 7

7:00 Auditions for Revelations (see April 12 below)
Cumberland Room of the Shepherd University Student Center

Tuesday April 9

7:30 Speak Tuesday Night Concert in Reynolds Hall
Granny Get Your Stick and Come and Walk with Me: Old Time Songs and the Stories They Tell

Friday April 12

7:30 Revelations
Byrd Center for History and Education
 is a theatrical presentation about Appalachian resiliency in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. In Revelations, Carrie interweaves oral testimonials of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered West Virginians. Carrie explains, “This 13-person reader’s theatre performance illuminates these West Virginians’ determination to express themselves in a way that is worthy of respect and admiration. Revealing their paths toward self-acceptance, audience members will glean a fresh perspective on concepts of gender from people who have broadened their own views through complex intellectual and spiritual journeys.”