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Word Plays: Storytelling at Proctors 2021/22
Our Fifteenth Season -- Returning to Proctors January 30, 2022!

Last Sundays, January - March, at 2-4 pm at Proctors

Also accessable by video on demand

If you're one of those people who lingers in your car long after reaching a destination just to hear the end of Garrison Keillor's "The News from Lake Wobegon" or Ira Glass on "This American Life," then Word Plays may be for you.

Many performers will be telling during this season. At each Word Play, a different group of performers tell rarely heard contemporary and traditional stories about celebrating the human spirit. You will discover that Word Plays is a shared experience between the audience and the performer, combining the intensity of a solo performer with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation.

Each show has its own theme where each story told relates to that theme.

Click here for Proctors current COVID protocol before you come.

Get access to the post-performance videos by joining our email list http://bit.ly/storycircle-signup. Suggested donation per person per video access performance: $12

Donate here for video access http://bit.ly/storycircle-donate. Or send a check made out to "STORY CIRCLE" to Kate Dudding, 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065

A note from a listener:

"I thoroughly enjoyed today's wonderful storytelling on Zoom.

I attended Word Plays at Proctors whenever my schedule allowed. I am so glad I can hear these great tellers again.

Story is so much more effective in pointing out our common human experience than lecture is."

Click here to watch many of our performers tell stories. Click here to find out about our performers.

PRICE: $12, tickets available at Proctors Box Office.

Sept. 12 These people believe in kindness:

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. - The 14th Dalai Lama

How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time. - Morgan Freeman

Come hear these tellers share stories of kindness: Fran Berger, Margaret French, Marni Gillard, Christie Keegan, Claire Nolan, Beverly Schwartz and Priscilla Sprague.


Grace and Forgiveness
Oct. 10 Here are two quotes about grace and forgiveness:

"Forgive yourself; you are not perfect.
Show yourself grace; you are still learning." Shannon Yvette Tanner

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." Gandhi

Come hear these storytellers share stories of grace and forgiveness:

Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Eileen Egan Mack, Bonnie Mion, Claire Nolan, Sandy Schuman and Beverly Schwartz.

  Unfortunately, the video file was accidently deleted. Three of those stories were subsequently rerecorded and are available for viewing:

Julia Child Meets a Fan , told by Kate Dudding

The Fisherman and His Baby , told by Claire Nolan

A Journey to Motherhood , told by Kate Dudding

Showing Up and Carrying On
Nov. 14 Here are two quotes about showing up and carrying on:

"My students have shown me so many times that it's not always about being the perfect person in the perfect position - it's about showing up when you're needed." Dr. Jill Biden

"There is absolutely nothing that you can control except showing up and doing your job." Tituss Burgess Tanner

"Showing up is not all of life - but it counts for a lot." Hillary Rodham Clinton

Come hear these storytellers share stories on this important topic:

Jeri Burns, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Marni Gillard, Eileen Egan Mack, Linda McKenney, Mary Murphy and Sandy Schuman.


Back in the Saddle
Jan. 30 Story Circle at Proctors' last live performance at Proctors was in February 2020. On January 30, we're getting back in the saddle and returning with stories about others getting back in the saddle.

Come listen to personal stories, folktales and historical stories told by:

Siri Allison, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Eileen Egan Mack, Claire Nolan, Nancy Marie Payne, Sandy Schuman and Beverly Schwartz.


For Better or Worse
Feb. 27 Shelley Winters said, "Life is a contant process of change, for better or worse."

Come listen to some for better or worse stories, personal, folktales and historical, told by:

Siri Allison, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Marni Gillard, Claire Nolan, Nancy Marie Payne, Sandy Schuman and Beverly Schwartz


Wise Fools
Mar. 27 Here are some of the many quotes about fools and wisdom:

Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread. Alexander Pope

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare

Wise men listen and laugh, while fools talk. Curtis Jackson

Come listen to stories of wise fools, personal, folktales and literary, told by:

Kate Dudding, Marni Gillard, Jeannine Laverty, Eileen Egan Mack, Linda McKenney, Mary Murphy, Sandy Schuman and Priscilla Sprague


Word Plays was inspired by 2nd Story, produced by Serendipity Theatre in Chicago.

Story Circle is one of the first resident storytelling companies
at a US performing arts center

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, New York 12305