Storytelling Center Events

Community Events
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Thelma R. Thomas SalonRisqué Stories
Presented jointly by the Storytelling Center of NYC and African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.

365 West 28th Street (#2E), New York City
(between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Sunday, January 29th, 2017, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Recover from 2016 by sharing the bawdy, naughty stories you can’t tell at any other event.

Admission: $10.00
Contact: Thelma Ruffin Thomas at 1.212.807.1570

Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers
at Scandinavia House

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Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue, New York City
(four blocks south of Grand Central Station)
Select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Some of New York's most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North.

Saturday, February 11th, 2017:

Bill Gordh
The Man Who Sold His Beard

Bill Gordh, accompanied by his fiveństring banjo and a Finnish kantele, will enchant kids and families with Scandinavian folktales.

Please watch this space for the remainder of the Winter/Spring 2017 schedule to be announced.

Admission: Free (and suitable for children five and up)
Contact: 1.212.879.9779 or

Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Provincetown Playhouse
133 MacDougal Street, New York City
(between West 3rd Street & Washington Square)
Closest MTA subway trains:
A,B,C,D,E,F,M (West 4th Street); #1 (Sheridan Square); #6 (Astor Place); and N,R (8th Street).
Select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.:
Therese Plair
The Reclamation of Love

Through the rich Black legacy of storytelling and music, Therese Plair reflects on growing up in the United States while being of African, Gullah, Panamanian. and Cherokee descent… longing for her community and her self to heal from the ravages of slavery, the age of Jim Crow, and racism… to see the rich Universe of Love… to love big… to be free… and to pass it on.

Her performance will honor the women and men whose courage, longings and conviction have preserved cultural values, forms, and community. This evening is suitable for adults and youth 14 years and older.

Friday, April 14th, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.:
Regina Ress
Ecstatic States in Exotic Lands

From Durga’s fiery Temple dances in Bali to Tutu Pele’s volcanic eruptions in Hawai’i, Regina Ress (who recently traveled to India) will weave tales of her own storied journeys through ancient myth, exotic lands, and the ecstasy experienced when we step out of our own comfort zones into non–ordinary reality. The Goddess shows up, as do some wise old men, lovers young and old, some gorgeous landscapes, and a deeper understanding of the human heart’s immerse capacity for love. This evening is suitable for adults and youth 14 years and older.

Sunday, April 30th, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.:
Joseph Sobol
Jack and the Least Gal:
A Fantasia of Appalachian Folk Tales

Journey into the phantasmagorical world of Jack, the Appalachian wonder tale hero, and his female counterpart, the Youngest Daughter, or ‘Lost Gal,’ in Joseph Sobol’s virtuoso contemporary retelling of the Hero’s or Heroine’s Journey. Weaving traditional and original songs with stories and his distinctive finger style cittern playing, Joseph Sobol will tease the ancient tales to bring out the overtones of power and helplessness, sexuality and violence, and witchcraft and wisdom in a performance that will be at times humorous, sinister, and revelatory. This performance is suitable for adults and youth 12 years and older.

David Montgomery, Program Director, Program in Educational Theatre (NYU Steinhardt)
Regina Ress, Producer

Admission: Free (seating is limited, and the box office opens one hour before each performance).
Contact: 1.212.998.5867

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.
Folks Tellin’ Tales

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center
1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street, New York City)
Select Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Please watch this space for the next Folks Tellin’ Tales event to be announced.

Admission: $10.00

Contact: Dr. Joyce C. Duncan at 1.212.568.1645
or Sister’s Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center at 1.212.862.3680


Out by Ten
A showcase for storytellers and musicians

John Strasberg Studios
555 Eighth Avenue, New York City

(between 37th and 38th Streets)

Please watch this page for the next Out by Ten event to be announced.


Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen

Central Park (Conservatory Water)
72nd Street & Fifth Avenue entrance, New York City
Saturdays from June through September, from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Please watch this space for the Summer 2017 line–up to be announced.

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This series is sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc., and is produced with the participation of the Central Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.