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Oregon Arts Watch
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"solo storytelling is flexing its muscle as an enduringly powerful form"
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“Urban Tellers®” Features Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People

Urban Tellers

Author Terry Tempest Williams tells us that "storytelling is a mirror into our shared humanity." On June 13, Portland Story Theater returns with Urban Tellers®, a monthly event showcasing the real, true stories of ordinary people. The stories people tell at Urban Tellers® are personal narratives shaped by the truth of the present moment. Each show features six tellers and they each have about 10 minutes to share a story about an important event in their lives; a defining moment. The stories that result are sometimes funny, always touching, and often surprising.

At the June show you'll hear about a young man embarking on a life in theater, a woman searching for the truth of her father's life, a yoga instructor learning to take her own advice, and a young woman starting her life over in Paris. Featuring Daniel LaForce, Marcia Haque, Corrine Ranard, Heidi Yorkshire, Raahi Reddy, and Peggy Doherty.

The price of admission is ridiculously low and every show is like a party, with free snacks and affordable drinks. Hosted by Portland Story Theater founders, Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy, whose quirky, eccentric style has been compared to Burns and Allen, Stiller and Meara, and even those crazy SNL middle-school music teachers, the Culps.

Event Information

Tell Your Story. Be Heard.
Urban Tellers® at Alberta Abbey,
located at 126 NE Alberta Street (2 blocks West of MLK)
Tickets available in advance ($15, no additional fee) or at the door ($18)
Saturday, June 13, 2015 | Doors at 7pm, show begins at 8pm
Beer (Rogue Ales) and wine (Hip Chicks Do Wine) for sale
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres
21 and over

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Portland Story Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making the narrative arts an integral part of Portland's rich cultural identity and is committed to bringing an authentic story and theater experience to inspire, challenge and expand a sense of community in Portland's urban environment.

Core Creative Team

There are all kinds of master craftsmen in the world, Lawrence Howard is a master at crafting stories. Howard is a Founder of Portland Story theater and is best known for his Armchair Adventurer series, in particular Shackleton's Antarctic Nightmare.

Founder, Lynne Duddy is the Executive Creative Director of Portland Story Theater. Duddy also performs as a solo artist (Dark Matter, White Girl, Twice Born) and her performance art has been described by The Oregonian as "raw, revealing, and vulnerable."

Best known for her puppet artistry, Penny Walter is a primary creative contributor to Portland Story Theater productions. Walter regularly performs at Mainstage events, including Kiss & Tell (Valentine's), Spellbound (Halloween), and the St. Paddy's show, Kiss Me, I'm Irish.

For all media inquiries, please contact Portland Story Theater at 503-284-2226 or by email at

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