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Dynamo teller to perform in Jonesborough

Storyteller Dolores Hudock merges history and personal stories to create a package of vibrant tales that both uplift and entertain. She will be in Jonesborough through Sept. 1.


Dolores Hydock will soon bring her signature blend of vibrant historical works and personal stories to the International Storytelling Center for a weeklong residency in Jonesborough.

The Birmingham, Alabama transplant (Hydock hails from Pennsylvania) is the latest performer in ISC’s widely acclaimed Storytelling Live! series, which will import new talent to its Main Street stage every week through the end of October.

Hydock credits her time in the South, and the people of Alabama in particular, with sparking her interest in storytelling years ago. “If I’d landed in Connecticut or upstate New York or something, that never would have happened,” she said. “They helped me find my life.” She frequently collaborates with the Birmingham Museum of Art, for instance, which often commissions her to craft original stories to complement their exhibitions.

Historical stories have long held a certain fascination for Hydock, who loves to fish for connections from centuries past and the modern day. “The truth is, we’re all living in extraordinary times,” she said. “We always are. We’re just unaware.”

In addition to original material, Hydock will perform a selection of folk and fairy tales, another genre that she has always found absorbing and relevant to contemporary listeners. “To me, folk tales are the self-help books that people had 200 years ago,” she said. “They were the way that people shared what they knew about how to get along instead of reading a book about how to be successful or organized. We’re all looking for the magic bullet to a better life.”

In Jonesborough, Hydock will perform daily in ISC’s intimate theater. Concerts are Tuesday to Saturday, Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, beginning each day at 2 p.m. Advance reservations are recommended, with tickets available on a first-come first-served basis.

Tickets for all matinee shows are $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and anyone under 18. All ticketholders can present their ticket stubs for a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at Main Street Café (lunch only); Medley Vegan Vegetarian; Olde Towne Pancake House; and The Corner Cup. Boone Street Market is offering 10 percent off prepared meals and five percent off any other purchase.

The 2018 Storytelling Live! series will a few weeks after the National Storytelling Festival, with a smattering of encores extending through the end of the year, for the holiday season.

Information about all performers, as well as a detailed schedule (including after-dark concerts and one-time workshops) for the 2018 season, is available at

The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is Ballad Health. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Niswonger Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, and Food City. Media sponsors include News 5-WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, Herald & Tribune, and Cumulus Media.

The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.