Lepp’s appearance is part of the Storytelling Live! concert series, one of ISC’s signature programs. Also known as the Teller-in-Residence program, Storytelling Live! will bring a new performer to Jonesborough each week through the end of October.
The West Virginian native made his name in local tall tale contests before going on to become one of the biggest names in the business. Now beloved around the world for his outlandish sense of humor and his stylish original tales, Lepp remains a fixture in the Jonesborough storytelling scene.
Lepp’s residency is an extended encore to his season-opening performance this past April, when he told stories to a sold-out crowd. He’ll also be performing at the National Storytelling Festival the first weekend of October. The Storytelling Live! format affords the rare opportunity to see Lepp in an intimate venue.
During the residency, Lepp will share a range of tall tales, including his infamous stories about his best friend Skeeter. Most of his stories are inspired by real life, even when they move far beyond the realm of possibility.
On Thursday, September 12, Lepp will offer a special evening concert, “Chaos Doesn’t Happen on Its Own.” The nighttime performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., with tickets priced at just $15. Matinee performances will be offered for five days, Tuesday to Saturday, September 10-14. Lepp’s matinee performances at the International Storytelling Center will begin at 2 p.m.
All concerts are in the International Storytelling Center’s intimate state-of-the-art theater, located on Main Street.
Tickets can be purchased in advance on ISC’s website, in person, or over the phone. Walk-in seating is available the day of the show, while supplies last. Tickets for all afternoon matinees are $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and anyone under 18.
Exclusive discounts are available to ticketholders for the evening concert and matinee shows. Ticket stubs will earn a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at Main Street Café (lunch only), Olde Towne Pancake House, Texas Burritos & More, Krazy Krepes, Jonesborough Barrel House, the Icing on the Cake (lunch only), and the Corner Cup. Additionally, Boone Street Market is offering 10 percent off prepared meals and 5 percent off any other purchase.
As many times as Lepp has performed in Jonesborough, the thrill is always there.
“I have people in the audience who have never been to storytelling before,” Lepp says. “I like to give them a full-blown view of what it can be. I’m just always excited to come down to Jonesborough.”
The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is Ballad Health. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Niswonger Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, the Mooneyhan Family Foundation, and Food City. Media sponsors include News 5-WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, Herald & Tribune, and Cumulus Media.
After Storytelling Live! ends its 2019 season in October, it will host a few seasonal encore performances throughout the remainder of the year.
The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live!, including the full 2019 line-up, or to purchase tickets, visit www.storytellingcenter.net or call (800) 952-8392.