Tag Archives: Storyteller

The Body in Stories

Three 90-minute sessions on Thursdays, (7-8:30 PM Central time) June 9, 16 and 23 for $30 a session.

In June we are going to offer a Zoom repeat of 2021’s most popular class “The Erotic in Stories”, now called “The Body in Stories” (due to social media banning us for the title) which explores the difficult physical and emotional presentation of romance, sexuality and physical intimacy in stories. What is cliche? What is too much? What is enough to make how we tell about that which we often avoid telling not offend or run roughshod of the rest of the story? Bring the story you are interested in, troubled by, want to tell and we’ll work on it together.

If you can’t commit to all three sessions but want to explore the topic one on one, email us at americanschoolofstorytelling@gmail.com and we’ll schedule times.

The Body in Stories

Three 90-minute sessions on Thursdays, (7-8:30 PM Central time) June 9, 16 and 23 for $30 a session.

In June we are going to offer a Zoom repeat of 2021’s most popular class “The Erotic in Stories”, now called “The Body in Stories” (due to social media banning us for the title) which explores the difficult physical and emotional presentation of romance, sexuality and physical intimacy in stories. What is cliche? What is too much? What is enough to make how we tell about that which we often avoid telling not offend or run roughshod of the rest of the story? Bring the story you are interested in, troubled by, want to tell and we’ll work on it together.

If you can’t commit to all three sessions but want to explore the topic one on one, email us at americanschoolofstorytelling@gmail.com and we’ll schedule times.

How Do You Read Me?

What’s in a name? When you claim an identity – Gay – Straight – Bi – Trans – do others see what you see, fee

l, who you are? What about homelessness or political affiliation? Too often we judge people by how they look, dress, walk, talk and superficial characteristics. Too often they don’t see you and their misreading of who you are makes for messy and sometimes tragic consequences. Suppose you are a homeless kid who has been taken off the street by a drag queen. What changes? Suppose you are a member of a religious order and find out that your roommate is Gay. Are you Gay by association? Do you “out” him?

In “How Do You Read Me?” storytellers Howard Lieberman and Loren Niemi look to their experience with gender fluidity, representation and the assumptions we make about others with intimate and revealing stories that are by turns insightful and questioning of those assumptions of what it means to be “other” in America. This show looks to the people underneath the surface.

Having performed together for over two decades now, the 2 Lorens have examined issues of race in “1967”, religion in “A Fool’s Errand”, and the ironies of sex and drugs in their wildly improvisational “55 Minutes of Sex, Drugs and Audience Participation.” They are not afraid to tell their stories truthfully and artfully while finding the humor and grace of being human.

Tickets are $10 in advance/ $12 at the door
Doors are at 9:30 PM, come eat and drink in the theater before the show!

Proof of vaccination with matching ID or a lab-certified negative COVID-19 PCR test with matching ID is required for entry. Please go to http://www.bryantlakebowl.com/theater for the current COVID-19 policy at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater.

The Body in Stories

Three 90-minute sessions on Thursdays, (7-8:30 PM Central time) June 9, 16 and 23 for $30 a session.

In June we are going to offer a Zoom repeat of 2021’s most popular class “The Erotic in Stories”, now called “The Body in Stories” (due to social media banning us for the title) which explores the difficult physical and emotional presentation of romance, sexuality and physical intimacy in stories. What is cliche? What is too much? What is enough to make how we tell about that which we often avoid telling not offend or run roughshod of the rest of the story? Bring the story you are interested in, troubled by, want to tell and we’ll work on it together.

If you can’t commit to all three sessions but want to explore the topic one on one, email us at americanschoolofstorytelling@gmail.com and we’ll schedule times.

How Do You Read Me?

What’s in a name? When you claim an identity – Gay – Straight – Bi – Trans – do others see what you see, fee

l, who you are? What about homelessness or political affiliation? Too often we judge people by how they look, dress, walk, talk and superficial characteristics. Too often they don’t see you and their misreading of who you are makes for messy and sometimes tragic consequences. Suppose you are a homeless kid who has been taken off the street by a drag queen. What changes? Suppose you are a member of a religious order and find out that your roommate is Gay. Are you Gay by association? Do you “out” him?

 

In “How Do You Read Me?” storytellers Howard Lieberman and Loren Niemi look to their experience with gender fluidity, representation and the assumptions we make about others with intimate and revealing stories that are by turns insightful and questioning of those assumptions of what it means to be “other” in America. This show looks to the people underneath the surface.

Having performed together for over two decades now, the 2 Lorens have examined issues of race in “1967”, religion in “A Fool’s Errand”, and the ironies of sex and drugs in their wildly improvisational “55 Minutes of Sex, Drugs and Audience Participation.” They are not afraid to tell their stories truthfully and artfully while finding the humor and grace of being human.

Tickets are $10 in advance/ $12 at the door
Doors are at 9:30 PM, come eat and drink in the theater before the show!

Proof of vaccination with matching ID or a lab-certified negative COVID-19 PCR test with matching ID is required for entry. Please go to http://www.bryantlakebowl.com/theater for the current COVID-19 policy at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater.

Rivers of Voices, Ocean of Stories: Coming Together Conference 2022

May 24 – 28th, at the Tigh-na-mara resort, Parksville, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island

Loren joins Elizabeth Ellis to teach a “Difficult Stories” Master Class and a workshop of the interconnected dynamic of “Plot/ Point of View” for the Storytellers of Canada’s National Conference on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, May 24-29th.

  • Loren Niemi & Elizabeth Ellis present a “Difficult Stories” Master Class on May 25
  • Loren Niemi’s “Double Helix: Plot and Voice in Narratives” workshop on May 28
  • Evening Concert with Noa Baum, Elizabeth Ellis, Loren Niemi and Rubena Sinha on May 28

Flounder on the Road

by Loren Niemi – May 12, 2022

We just finished twelve days on the road clocking in 3,567 miles to share four performances including three (High School, New Voices, Liar’s Contest) at the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in Woodruff, SC and an on-line performance for the Northlands Storytelling Network’s 2022 Fringe Festival. In between and around those stories were meals, museums, and visits with friends in Richmond, VA, Brooklyn/ Manhattan, NY, Montclair/ Maplewood, NJ and Peoria, IL. 

It was a nod to the “used to be” of my years of spring tours and a reminder of what I do love about America. Even from the freeways/ tollways/ expressways, billboards and announcements of local attractions invite you to stop and look. Who wouldn’t want to wonder about Noah’s Ark Storage or Uncle Ali Baba’s House of Prime Rib? In another time I might have added stops there and back for house concerts or small storytelling workshops though for this road trip it was a hard two days driving 500 plus miles to get to South Carolina and similar long drives amid bumper to bumper traffic and road construction from Richmond to Brooklyn and Pennsylvania to Indianapolis. Even with the price of gas being what it is, it was good to see spring green.

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Reimagining Traditional Stories

by Loren Niemi – March 27, 2022

What do you remember about your favorite fairy tale? The major characters? Three pigs, a wolf… The basic plot? They build houses, the wolf blows the first two down but can’t shake the third. What else? The setting? Where were the pig’s houses? The time of year? Springtime or was it Summer? Who is telling the story?

Ahh, now there’s the first question that needs be asked about traditional tales, and personal tales as well. While most traditional tales are told in the third person (they/them), there is an argument to be made that when told in the first person (I/we) the story has more “energy” and greater emotional engagement. What is the story when told from one of the pigs or the wolf’s point of view?

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How Erotic is that?

by Loren Niemi – September 8, 2021

When we posted the description for “The Erotic in Stories” some wag commented that it was “talking about pee-pee” which probably says a lot about his proclivities but nothing about what the workshop actually is. If anything, that comment points out the need for a considered understanding about what eroticism is amid the frequent and casual misunderstandings.

We are not talking about porn. We are not talking about cliché. We are not even talking about the ordinary images of bare-chested hunks of Romance novels or the prominent busts of femme fatales of Detective/Crime covers, though they may claim it.

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