“Man has been telling stories since there was a campfire to sit around,” says Shay Knorr of Solo Speak, a new story telling group in Bend. Moving to Central Oregon from Portland last year, where she was telling stories with Portland Story Theater, Knorr wanted to bring the performing art to her new town.
“With the popularity of The Moth and story telling groups in most big cities, I think Bend is ready for this,” she explained. “This will not be traditional story telling or stories for children. This is a group of performers sharing stories from their lives. The stories will make you laugh, make you cry, will up-lift you, might shock you and maybe just might change you somehow. Stories help bring community together and help us understand issues from another point of view.”
Performers for this first weekend of The Solo Speak Sessions will be Shay Knorr, Joel Clements, Lilli Ann Linford-Foreman, Ralph Steadman, Jason Graham, Andrew Hickman, Clinton Clark and Barb Largent.
The first performance weekend will be April 12-14 on the Cascade Theatrical Company Stage at the Greenwood Playhouse – 148 Greenwood in downtown Bend. Three shows- Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee at 2pm.