Dynamic duo Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall, also known as the Storycrafters, will soon perform a series of exclusive concerts in downtown Jonesborough.
Their appearance is part of the International Storytelling Center’s acclaimed Storytelling Live! series, a six-month season of live storytelling that brings some of the country’s best talent to Tennessee’s oldest town to take turns on its hallowed stage.
The Storycrafters are known widely as traditional tellers with a twist. On one hand, they dig deep into traditional lore from around the world, telling folk tales from South America, Europe, and beyond. On the other, they offer “twists” on classic forms, modernizing old storylines and changing up details in new and surprising ways.
In Jonesborough, the Storycrafters will appear Tuesday through Saturday, July 19 – 23. All performances will begin at 2:00 p.m. sharp in the International Storytelling Center’s Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall.
Tickets are just $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students, and children under 18. Advance purchase is strongly recommended for all performances.
During the week, the storytellers plan to include a sampling of their extensive repertoire. “There needs to be color,” Burns says. “It’s a palette. We’re not going to use just the light colors or just the dark colors. We like to use them together in an interesting way.”
Additionally, the duo will host a special children’s concert on Saturday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m. The show, which is geared towards ages six through ten, will feature stories, music, and ample opportunities for audience participation. Tickets are just $5 for all ages, and ticket holders will receive coupons for 15 percent off at The Lollipop Shop, a popular Main Street store that sells old-fashioned sweets and toys.
While the Storycrafters are known for giving their all in every performance, they marvel at everything the art form has given them.
“Storytelling allows us to change and develop and extend and stretch,” Burns says. “From an artistic perspective, that is very satisfying, but it is also something that has a huge impact on people.”
Marshall agrees. “For me, I’m never happier than when we’re performing,” he says. “To me, it is the simplest way to absolutely do everything at once: it’s fun, entertaining, and moving. It’s an incredibly simple way to create community in a room.”
Ticketholders for all performances can present their ticket stubs for a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at JJ’s Eatery and Ice Cream or Main Street Café, two popular eateries in Jonesborough.
The latest performer in ISC’s renowned Storytelling Live! series, Edgecomb will be followed by another storyteller each week through the month of October. Information about all performers, as well as a detailed schedule for 2016, is available at www.storytellingcenter.net.