Storyteller Susan Klein comes to Featherstone Thursday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. to share tales from her travels, her past and her take on the world around her.
Renowned for her memoir workshops. Ms. Klein’s storytelling material is at once historical and hysterical, engaging and amusing. Her tales encompass experiences from mundane adventures growing up in downtown Oak Bluffs to wider visions from Alaska to New Jersey.
Ms. Klein is an award-winning performer, featured at more than 80 storytelling festivals since 1991. In 2007 she received the Creative Living award from the Martha’s Vineyard Permanent Endowment. Her book, Through a Ruby Red Window: A Martha’s Vineyard Childhood, will be available.
Joining her is Bobby Norfolk, an Emmy and Grammy award winning storyteller from St. Louis, Mo. His reputation is based on the sense of humor and motivational spirit he brings to his performances. With a strong sense of time and place, Mr. Norfolk’s stories come alive for his audience. His style of conveying the African-American experience make him a role model and mentor.
Mr. Norfolk’s tales range from Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson to Scott Joplin and Paul Laurence Dunbar.
As a youth, Mr. Norfolk stuttered, but when he performed in public, he lost the stutter and gained a career path telling tales. As an opening act for Lou Rawls and B.B. King, Mr. Norfolk gained a reputation when he entered the St. Louis Storytelling Festival in 1979.
With his wife Sherry he wrote, The Moral of the Story: Folktales for Character Development. His compact discs have garnered awards from the American Library Association, Parent’s Choice Foundation and beyond.
Tickets for this adult event are $25 per person. A patron’s party begins at 6 p.m. with wine and hors d’oeuvre. Tickets for the party are $50 and include priority seating at the concert.
For details, call 508-693-1850.