Hillsboro, OR — Downtown Hillsboro’s Bag&Baggage Productions is partnering with Portland Story Theater, the Pacific Northwest’s premier storytelling theater company, to bring their Urban Tellers® show to The Vault Theater this January. Portland Story Theater will present five of their top stories – chosen from their annual Top Ten list – on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at The Vault. The lineup includes PST founders Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard, and storytellers Kathy Gillis, Warren McPherson, and Frank Engel in a 120 minute show that is fun, fast-paced, and filled with personal stories that bring the culture of our community to life.
“This is the first Fme we’ve worked with Bag&Baggage to bring our Urban Tellers® series to the good people of Hillsboro. The Vault is a fantastic venue for our brand of storytelling,” says Portland Story Theater co-founder Lynne Duddy, “and we’re very excited.” The Vault has an intimate atmosphere with a seating capacity of 130 for this show. Doors open at 6:00pm and Stories start at 7:00pm; 18+ recommended.
The stories people tell at Urban Tellers® are personal narratives shaped by the truth of the present moment. “This kind of performance is all about being present.” says Lawrence Howard, co-founder of Portland Story Theater. “It is a conscious performance that engages people deeply, where the storyteller is always present in the moment, taking the audience on a journey through the inner workings of the heart. It’s not about “I” or “me,” it’s about “we.” It is a shared experience where the audience witnesses the teller transform before their eyes, and through that story, the audience is also transformed.”
The storytelling performance phenomenon — in which an arFst is both creator and performer — is reaching a zenith of popularity within our culture. Unlike TV, radio, or writing, it’s face to face, eye to eye and heart to heart. That’s what people are so hungry for — that real human connection. “Our audiences have been asking for storytelling events ever since we moved into The Vault,” says Bag&Baggage Managing Director Beth Lewis, “and what a great way to deliver this, partnering with an organization that has been carrying the torch for storytelling in Portland for many years. I am incredibly excited to host Portland Story Theater here at The Vault.”
Portland Story Theater continues in its mission to build community, promote understanding, and foster radical empathy by giving voice to the real, true stories of ordinary people.
Portland Story Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which strives to make the narrative arts an integral part of Portland’s rich cultural identity Founded in 2004, the organization is committed to bringing an authentic story and theater experience to enrich, inspire, challenge and expand Portland’s urban environment through the narrative arts. For more information, visit pdxstorytheater.org
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