When we move, what parts do we keep and what do we leave behind? What’s the best way to settle a crying baby on an airplane? Would you risk your life for a three-dollar fishing lure?
Join us for “Home & Away,” the next Portland Storytellers Guild monthly showcase at the Clinton Street Theater, on Saturday evening, April 7, when Gideon F. For-mukwai, Rick Huddle and Rob Luck share true stories about the places they are from and how that influences who they are even when they are far away.
One calls Cameroon home, one is from Hawaii, and one tries to hide the fact that he’s from a small town in southern Virginia. Come hear experiences of catch-and-release fishing, exploding tuxedos, and pickled eggs. We guarantee a wardrobe malfunction.
Gideon F. For-mukwai is the founder of Story Warrior Associates. He is an educator, author and a harmonica player who can't read a single musical note. Recently, Gideon has been performing a one-man show titled, Unsung Hero: Crossing the Columbia with York of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. He considers himself aproduct of Africa, manufactured in Asia and distributed in America.
Rick Huddle is an actor, educator, and storyteller. He has performed school assemblies all over the United States, Mexico, Thailand and Colombia. He has been a storyteller at the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, the Art of Story, Tapestry of Tales, the National Storytelling Festival- Exchange Place, and is a Moth Story Slam winner. As an actor, he has performed with the Portland Opera, Imago, Oregon Children’s Theatre, and has won Drammies for Nighthawks with Push Leg and Oedipus el Rey with Milagro. In summers, he teaches performing arts at Camp Yakety Yak, a camp for children with special needs. In his spare time, you might find him diving for ultimate Frisbees, spinning around in a Cyr wheel, or hanging out at Posie’s coffee shop. He and his wife Kristin live in Portland with twins Gus and Marlo.
Rob Luck’s roots as a storyteller come from both his father and his mother. “My father was a radio and television entertainer in Honolulu who always reminded us that ‘life is too serious to take seriously,’” he remembers. “Dad didn’t live in a protective bubble of naiveté, it’s just that humor was an amazing tool that helped those around him appreciate the gifts that life presents.” Rob’s mother was a descendant of a Samoan “talking chief,” someone who regularly spoke on behalf of the village leaders. The Talking Chief used stories to help people understand what was needed. Rob himself is a retired clinical social worker who worked for over 25 years with patients and families facing serious illnesses. “They all taught me so much and shared countless stories that enriched my life in infinite ways,” he says.