Greenwich Historical Society seeks storytellers

The Greenwich Historical Society is seeking storytellers for its upcoming Story Barn on April 1.

Story Barn is a biannual favorite, an entertaining twist on oral history, where a given theme is explored through personal stories. As in life, these thought-provoking tales run the gamut from humorous to heartwarming, wistful to “wow-some.”

This time around, the topic will be “Any Port in a Storm,” selected to connect with the Historical Society’s newest exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History (opens March 30). Storytellers are welcome to creatively interpret the given theme with only two caveats: stories must be true (okay, a little embellishment is allowed), and they must be told within a five- to ten-minute time frame.

No experience is needed; an interesting yarn and a positive attitude are the only requirements, and if you’re game but would like to polish your narrative, a practice session with emcee Bonnie Levison is offered prior to the program

Story Barn is modeled on a format developed by The Moth, where storytellers offer personal insights into the human condition by sharing engaging stories, lessons learned and moments of self-discovery via story slams, live performances, radio broadcasts and workshops.

Levison is currently a storytelling coach for The Moth and has led Story Barn at the Historical Society since 2009. A former marketing executive at Young & Rubicam and NBC, she co-founded The Nantucket Comedy Festival in 2008 and produces a variety of comedy shows.

Any Port in a Storm will take place in an informal, cabaret-like setting, and wine, beer and light snacks will be served. If you would like to share a story, please contact Anna Greco at: [email protected]greenwichhistory.org or call203-869-6899, Ext. 31.

Story Barn: Any Port in a Storm, Friday, April 1, 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30, Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. Ticket price includes entry to Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History at the Storehouse Gallery from 7 until the performance begins. $15 for members; $20 for nonmembers.

To attend the show, visit www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10. Reserve early; space is limited.

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