REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES – An Evening of Homegrown Stories
Told by Local Residents
The Ancram Opera House (AOH) will kick off its 2017 season on June 24th at 8PM with an evening of storytelling by six local residents. The theme for the evening is taking chances: quitting jobs, finding what you didn’t know you wanted, real estate deals, a near-death fishing accident, and more.
When AOH Co-Director Paul Ricciardi created REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES in 2016 it quickly became an audience favorite and now opens and closes each AOH season. June 24th storytellers are Lisa Morris (Gallatin), Sherry Weaver (Livingston), Darlene White (Pittsfield), Joan Galler (Ancram), Mildred Aksen (Ancramdale) and Ellen Thurston (Hudson).
Ricciardi says, “It’s a powerful experience to hear a story told by a friend or neighbor in a small, intimate theater space: it forges connection and community and offers opportunities for self-discovery and real exchange. The Ancram Opera House was built for this kind of experience.”
Tickets to REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES are $20 and are available online at ancramoperahouse.org, or at the door.
Ricciardi, who is on the theatre faculty at CUNY and is a recipient of the Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award, selects storytellers based on phone pitches and works with them one-on-one to identify the “mile markers” in their stories – moments he knows an audience won’t want to miss. He honed his dramaturgical technique at Trinity Rep in Providence, RI, working with Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director, New York Public Theater) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel.
The Ancram Opera House plans a full season of cutting-edge performances in 2017. Opening July 14 is the 2016 New York Times Critic’s Pick The Holler Sessions, written by Frank Boyd and co-directed with Rachel Chavkin, nominated for a directing Tony for the current Broadway smash “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” For more information and tickets: ancramoperahouse.org.