What constitutes bravery? Does one who is brave still experience fear? Were the heroes of old brave, or merely lucky and foolish? Drea Douglas, Anne Penfound and Brian Rohr explore these themes and more in “Whistling in the Dark: Stories of Bravery and Fear,” the Portland Storytellers Guild’s monthly showcase Saturday evening, December 2 at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland.
Doors open at 7 and the performances begin at 7:30 Sound artist Hamid Bennett will provide opening music and accompany Brian Rohr’s stories. One volunteer selected from the audience will have the chance to tell a story as well.
Drea Douglas’s stories seem as suited to the boardroom as the bordello, the sanctuary as the cemetery and other spots whether dignified or louche. A native Portlander and a denizen of her own subconscious, she started telling stories at age 3, but her professional debut was at Tellabration in Long Beach, CA in 2006. Since then she has performed in Cincinnati, Kansas City, Phoenix and now her beloved hometown.
Anne Penfound’s effervescence, quirky British humor, facial expressions, voice and gestures take listeners right into the heart of a story. Her stories fan the embers of our experiences and act as a catalyst to help us recall memories, broaden our horizons and tickle our funny bones with the enjoyment of life. “Stories weave magic,” she says. “They enrich my soul and bring joy to my life.”
Brian Rohr has taught and performed at conferences, festivals, high schools, universities, synagogues and libraries throughout the country. He focuses on the old stories – the myths, folktales and fairy tales – making them come alive in ways that keep them vital and help inform us on how to live our lives and make sense and meaning of today’s world.