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Word Plays: Storytelling at Proctors 2022/23
Our Sixteenth Season

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.


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 (except for Sept. 11 virtual performance.)


Dreamers & Doers
Sept. 11 VIRTUAL ONLY Here are some quotes about dreamers and doers:

"What is now proved was once only imagined." - William Blake

"A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock pile when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind." - Antoine Saint-Exupery

"To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act." - Anatole France

Come listen to stories of dreamers and doers, personal, folktales and literary, told by: Fran Berger, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Marni Gillard, Claire Nolan, and Sandy Schuman

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.


Laughing Matters
Oct. 23 As Charlie Chaplin said, "A day without laughter is a day wasted." And who can't use a few extra laughs these days?

Come listen to some laughing matters stories (personal, traditional and historical) told by: Fran Berger, Marni Gillard, Christie Keegan, Claire Nolan, Nancy Marie Payne, Sandy Schuman, and Beverly Schwartz.


Coincidence
Jan. 15 The definition of coincidence is: the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident, but seem to have some connection. Some people say that a coincidence is a signal from the universe to guide us. In any case, coincidences are always amazing.

No matter how you view coincidence, come listen to stories about coincidence (personal, traditional and historical) told by: Siri Allison, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Marni Gillard, Christie Keegan and Beverly Schwartz.


Aged to Perfection
Feb. 5 Many wines and cheeses improve with age. Sometimes people do as well. As Stanislaw Lec said, "Youth is the gift of nature, age is a work of art."

Come hear stories about perfection created over time (personal, traditional and historical) told by: Siri Allison, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Eileen Egan Mack, Nancy Marie Payne and Karen Pillsworth.


Whistling in the Dark
Mar. 19 They say that people whistle in the dark to convince themselves that their situation is not as bad as it seems. Come hear stories (personal, traditional, literary, and historical) of people in dangerous situations and find out what happens to them. Our storytellers are Siri Allison, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Marni Gillard, Mary Murphy, Claire Nolan, and Nancy Marie Payne

Click here to see videos of our 15th Season.


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