Storytelling season in Jonesborough is about to begin. On May 2, the International Storytelling Center (ISC) will launch the 2017 season of its popular Storytelling Live! series, a six-month showcase of the country’s top storytellers.
Now in its 16th year, Storytelling Live! brings a new “teller in residence” to the town of Jonesborough each week for a week’s worth of performances. The program runs through the end of October, and includes special guests in November and December.
Storyteller Bil Lepp will usher in the first week of the series, followed by 25 more master storytellers who will take turns hosting weeklong residencies at ISC’s downtown center. The season’s highlights will include cowboy poet Joe Herrington and other newcomers Donna Washington, Sam Payne, and Ingrid Nixon; world-class musicians like David Holt and Michael Reno Harrell; international voice Liz Weir; and fan favorites like Donald Davis, Ed Stivender, and Kim Weitkamp.
Woven throughout the season, many storytellers will also offer exclusive children’s programming, evening concerts and workshops. The latter will focus on topics as diverse as faith-based storytelling, eldercare, and boosting literacy. Tickets for these events are all sold separately.
All Storytelling Live! performances are in ISC’s intimate theater in Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall.
Tickets for all matinee performances are just $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students, and children under 18, and ticket holders will receive discounts at many downtown establishments on the day of the performance.
Season passes that offer nearly half off the price of regular admission are available (only as supplies last).
Information about all performers, as well as a detailed schedule for 2017, is available at www.storytellingcenter.net. The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is the Heart & Soul program of Mountain States. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the East Tennessee Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, the Niswonger Foundation, Citi and Food City.
The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call 800-952-8392 ext. 222 or 423-913-1276.
Photo by Jay Huron