by Ray Bendici
Feb 13, 2013
05:57 AMUnsteady Habits
When we were kids, we all loved hearing good stories, so it stands to reason that as adults, we'd still appreciate them.
On Feb. 17 at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, master storyteller Tom Lee presents "Untraditional Marriages: I Married a Monster." (Horror stories, then?)
From the press release:
Lee delivers not nursery fare, but real stories with deep roots, and emotion and terror enough to populate a novel. His casual, sophisticated storytelling performances for adults blur the boundaries between storyteller and listener, ancient and modern, fantasy and reality. "Adults need stories just as much as young people," Lee says. "They are tools to help us make sense of the human experience." Tom Lee's stories are not recommended for children.
That's right—leave the kids at home (with a sitter, I suppose).
As someone who purports to make a living by telling stories (in a way) yet who struggles with being shy, I have a great appreciation for those who can do spin an engaging tale live in front of an audience. From our earliest ancestors sitting around fires passing down oral histories and legends, it truly is an artform when done properly. And from what I tell, Lee is quite the artist.
On his website, he says, "For me, storytelling is like having a tin-can telephone with a string stretching out through time: through years, over centuries, and across millennia. I listen while far away, in the distant past, someone tells me a story; their voice still hums and vibrates, alive in my mind. Once a story reaches me, my task is to pass it on to new listeners, young and old. I hope they will start the story vibrating down new strings, travelling on into an unseen future."
Here's a nice clip of Lee explaining storytelling to our friend Teresa LaBarbera of WTNH-8 "Connecticut Style." One of the things that he mentions is how many of the stories he tells have been around for hundreds of years—a good story transcends time, right?
Admission is $15. For more info, visit marktwainhouse.org.Story Time