Journey n. [ˈjər-nē]: “an act of traveling from one place to another”
And that is the very essence of a storyteller’s craft, starting in one place, ending up in another and changed by the journey.
Journeys take us to other countries, to other ways of being and to places of understanding. You can take a journey and never leave your chair or you can fly for 40 hours then see things you only imagined before.
Most journeys take courage and the best ones require us to let go and let it happen. Even losing your way can be rewarding, leading to unexpected treasures life has to offer. Taking a turn down a small cobblestone street and finding the best food you’ve ever tasted… Feeling lost in emotions and despair only to find the real you on the other side … Simply walking across the street to say hello to a new neighbor … Hearing where others have been and how they got there.
The idea is to go somewhere you have never been. Keep your eyes open. You never know, you may learn something new.
Join Shay Knorr, Juliana Person, and Eric Foxman for the first performance of the Portland Storytellers’ season Saturday evening September 1 at the Clinton Street Theater and see where they take you. Doors open at 7:00 pm with Pre-show music by Eric and Steve Cooper. Tickets are $15 at the door. Buy on-line until 6 pm the night of the show and save: $12 for the general public and $10 for Guild members and their guests.
Sharon “Shay” Knorr is an actor, producer, director, storyteller, singer, playwright, author and collage artist. She has done TV and radio commercials, corporate videos and film and has been seen on many stages in town including performances with the original Portland cast of Angry Housewives and the popular Hot Flashesthe Musical. She wrote, produced, directed and starred in a one-woman show, Why Can’t I Marry The Cute Beatle, and wrote and directed a one-man show by Portland’s beloved drag performer, Walter Cole, Just Call Me Darcelle, which was turned into a book of the same name. After falling in love with story telling, she created a performance group called Solo Speak and recently produced a monthly series in Portland, called Nevertheless, We Persist - Stories by Women.
Juliana Person began her career in the wine industry with several years of “harvest hopping”-- working seasonally in various wine regions around the world. Although she has put down some roots since moving to Oregon in 2015, she still adores traveling and gets restless any time she has to go more than a few months without getting on a plane. Aside from exploring new places, her interests include horses (she says she really was raised in a barn), all things Harry Potter (her fan-fiction addiction is real), hiking, rafting, swimming with sharks, running with scissors, and most recently, storytelling. She attended a PSG performance for the first time last year, loved it, went to a few story swaps, and joined the Guild in February. She is a cancer survivor who tries to live life to the fullest, a journey she described to telling effect with surprising humor in Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow in a performance at the Clinton Street Theater in June.
As a small child, Eric Foxman says he got his fingers stuck between the strings of a guitar. That was instrumental in his development as a performer, which is why he doesn’t fret about being still attached to the guitar. If you don’t count his second career as a punster, these days he mostly sticks his neck out as a storyteller but a-chording to Eric, the ballads he learned early on formed a bridge to this more recent phase of his artistic expression. More than that he won’t say now, but show up for the Guild’s opening show on September first, and he might just string you along a bit further.