Posting Date: September 2, 2010

StoryFest features international teller Brenda Wong Aoki
Annual festival celebrates the art of storytelling

For media inquiries: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Director of Public Relations,
770-499-3417 or

KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance will present StoryFest on Sept. 17-18 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. World-renowned storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki will take the stage for an evening of unique storytelling.

John Gentile, chair of the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance and coordinator of the event, comments, "When I first saw Brenda perform, I was very impressed with the range of her work, from traditional Japanese folktales to very contemporary personal narratives about life in urban America."

Of Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Scottish descent, Aoki synthesizes Japanese Noh and Kyogen theater, commedia dell’arte, modern dance and everyday experience. She is acclaimed as one of America’s foremost soloists, performing in such venues as The Kennedy Center, New Victory Theater on Broadway, Hong Kong Performing Arts Center and the Esplanade in Singapore.

On Aoki's storytelling power, Gentile says, "What impressed me most was her willingness and ability as a storyteller to tell stories that acknowledge the full power and depth of difficult feelings we all know — grief, heartbreak, and true horror — without either glossing over them or ignoring the wonders of beauty, love and compassion."

The Los Angeles Times says, "Aoki encompasses the comic and the tragic with fine, quick, delicate gestures, using everything from her expressive hands and face to her long sweeping black hair. . . making relevant and magical even the most faraway tales."

Admission for each evening is $18. For more information and to order tickets, contact the box office at 770-423-6650 or online.



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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.



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