Performing Long Form Stories

I have received announcements for the opening of applications for both the Minnesota and Indianapolis Fringe Festivals. The Northlands Storytelling Network says that instead of an in-person or on-line conference, they are going to do a weekend of Fringe performances instead. Fringe Festivals are one of the best places to tell long form stories as in most instances they are (according to the Indianapolis artist handbook) 45-60 minutes presentations. One story or several. Props or music, dance, and theater conventions are all possible but that framework is fundamental.

I have been performing solo long form stories (“Bad Brother: Religion and Politics in ‘68” “Fata Morgana”, ”A.I. and Me”) and partnered work (”55 Minutes of Sex, Drugs & Audience Participation”, “Coitus Exoticus”) at Fringe Festivals since 1995 and back in the reaches of ancient history traditional stories – “Why Romance is Impossible”-  with Sharon Grady in 1982. I have also directed other folks’ cabaret and Fringe performances of long form material.

If you have an interest in crafting long form stories for Fringe festivals or other venues, I will be offering a 3 session course in crafting and performing long form stories on Wednesdays, January 12, 19, and 26, 2022 (each session will be 90 minutes @ 7 PM Central time)  plus a one hour individual coaching follow up  session in February. At $200 it is worth giving yourself a present or having someone you love give it to you for whatever holiday tradition you celebrate. The registration is available at Eventbrite


Laura Packer at the Tucson Fringe Festival: January 15 & 16th

Haunted: Stories for the Brave of Heart, live on Zoom at the Tucson Fringe Festival, Sat, Jan 15, 8:30pm and Sun, Jan 16, 3pm Mountain time.

Story Dojo: Thursday, February 3rd

Elizabeth Ellis and I will be guests on Mary Alice Arthur’s Story Dojo, on Thursday, February 3rd from 12-1:30 PM Central time. We  will be talking with Mary Alice and whomever else is there about the  value and necessity of stories that are hard to hear and harder to tell. Registration information is at: