Posting Date: September 8, 2011

Storyfest features international teller Laura Simms
Annual festival celebrates the art of storytelling

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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance will present Storyfest on Sept. 16-17 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Renowned storyteller Laura Simms will take the stage for two evenings of unique storytelling.

While Simms is based in New York City, she has been travelling the globe for more than forty years collecting, writing and telling stories, as well as engaging in humanitarian efforts and social activism. These travels have shaped the character of her work. Both of the performances feature tales that will take audiences all the way from New York to the Far East and back.

The first night will feature her story “How to Find Romania." A blend of fairytales, folklore, and personal narratives, this tale begins on sacred Maori ground in New Zealand and travels to Africa, Israel, Brooklyn and finally Romania on a journey in search of revelations. The second evening will feature “Rejoice Regardless,” which explores stories of experiences in post disaster situations, including Haiti, Nepal and New York.

The New York Times calls Simms "Irresistible!” and “A major force in the revival of storytelling in America." Charles Parrott, assistant professor and coordinator of the event, agrees. He says that “It is precisely because we live in a world with so much mediated information that I think storytelling is becoming so popular these days in response."

Parrott also says that “Laura Simms is a real master of her craft. If you have never seen a storytelling performance, this is a great one to see."

Admission for each evening is $20. 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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