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Word Plays: Storytelling at Proctors 2020-2021
Our Fourteenth Season -- now on Zoom

Second Sundays, September - November, January - April, at 4-6 pm

Get the Zoom link by joining our email list http://bit.ly/storycircle-signup.

Please sign up at least 90 minutes before show time. All those signed up will receive the Zoom link for each performance on: the morning before the performance; and again an hour before show time.

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.

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: Pay by performance: Suggested donation per person per performance: $12
Become a Season Patron: Suggested donation per person for our seven performance season: $60

We realize that many people have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Any amount that you are able to donate will be greatly appreciated. Proctors, the performing arts center where we normally perform, is graciously handling online donations for us.

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

Lemons to Lemonade
Sept. 13 You know the saying – when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Come hear many kinds of stories – personal, folktales and a myth – about resourceful people who end up relishing their homemade lemonade. Our storytellers are Fran Berger, Alden (Joe) Doolitte, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Eliud Nieves, Claire Nolan and Sandy Schuman.

Truths and Lies
Oct. 11 Buddha said, “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Come hear many kinds of stories – personal, folk tales, a legend and a myth – about people learning truths and/or telling lies. Our storytellers are Fran Combs Berger, Kate Danaher, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Marni Gillard, Claire Nolan, Sandy Schuman and Priscilla Sprague.

Nov. 8 Maya Angelou said,

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”

Come hear eight personal and historical stories about courageous people, told by storytellers Claire Beetlestone, Fran Combs Berger, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Eileen Mack, Sandy Schuman and Beverly Schwartz.


Due to technical challenges, the live video joins the audio at 2:27 -- we continue to learn about Zoom...

Jan. 10 The best things in life aren’t things.

Your family is priceless.
Happiness and passion are priceless.
Self-esteem is priceless.

Come hear eight priceless stories (personal, historical, folktales and a literary tale) told by storytellers Siri Allison, Claire Beetlestone, Kate Danaher, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Marni Gillard, Mary Murphy, Claire Nolan, and Beverly Schwartz


Feb. 14 W.B. Yeats said:

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

Come hear eight magical stories (personal, historical and folk tales) told by storytellers Fran Combs Berger, Kate Danaher, Kate Dudding, Marni Gillard, Mary Murphy, Claire Nolan, Sandy Schuman and Beverly Schwartz.


Mar. 14 Merriam-Webster defines bamboozled as:
"1. to deceive by underhanded methods : DUPE, HOODWINK
2. to confuse, frustrate, or throw off thoroughly or completely"

Come hear eight stories (personal, literary and folk tales) filled with people being bamboozled. You get to decide who to root for - those being bamboozled or those doing the bamboozling. Our storytellers are Siri Allison, David Bayne, Fran Combs Berger, Kate Danaher, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Margaret French, Marni Gillard and Mary Murphy.


Apr. 11 We decided to be just like a television series and end our 14th season with a cliffhanger - actually with EIGHT cliffhangers! Come hear these stories (personal, historical and folk tales) told by storytellers Siri Allison, David Bayne, Claire Beetlestone, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Linda McKenney, Mary Murphy and Sandy Schuman.

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
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