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Coalescence

Coalescence (part of  Living Poem)Intro Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and in our minds, disabling our power.) Distractions are good, puzzles that teaseAnd please and fill the main scene, whichIncludes…See More
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The Sultan's Dream

The Sultan’s Dream (Part of Living Poem) When it comes to walking, the jig’s up.No more fit lad sitting at the pub.No more flim-flam smiling with a limp. See how the legs totter and the torso leans.Do you know what a lame sultan dreams?Of reclining on a divan wearing pantaloons, Comparing his plight to a mountaineer’sNegotiating an icy bluff in a fierce wind,And then lounging in a tent to unwind. Which…See More
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The Tale of Ononis by Rob Neufeld Part 1: The Making of a Celebrity ❧  Hare Begins His Tale  Ononis was my region’s name.People now call it Never-the-same.I’ll start with the day a delivery came. The package I got was a devil’s dare,Swaddled and knotted in Swamp Bloat hairAnd bearing, in red, one word: “Beware!” Bloats are creatures from the Land of Mud Pies,Wallowing in waste with tightly closed eyesUntil fears bring tears and the bleary bloats rise.   ❧  Hare’s Colleagues  I asked my boss,…See More
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Drop Your Troubles: A Solo Storytelling Performance with Connie Regan-Blake at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 1, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of  Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…See More
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Explore the Landscapes of Story and Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

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A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
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Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

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A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

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Join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

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The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive, affirming…See More
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Let’s say every word is precious

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First Drumbeat

First Drumbeat(Part of Living Poem) The time has come.Call it a drum,Or a crumb,What’s left of life. I used to tell a jokeWhen my life was wide,And I was a stud,And not a dud—I knowI’m not a dud.  I’m a dude,A dad.  But everyone mustRebut the dud chargeAt summing up time. Oh yeah, the joke,A trademark one for meIn that it’s not funny. I used to say I’ll never retireFrom writingBecause if I’m ever…See More
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Reading Preference:
Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian"
William Gay's "I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down."
John Williams "Stoner."
John Willians "Butcher's Crossing."
Ron Rash's "Serena"
Donna Tartt's "The Little Friend."
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"Outlander"

UNC-A and Asheville's ACT theater intend to present three "staged readings" of "Outlander" on March 24, 25 and 26.  All three productions will be  2:30 matinees.  Tickets are $6.  Additional information is as follows: the info I was given is that Fri and Sat. are at ACT Second Stage, Sunday is at UNCA's Reuter Center. To avoid confusion contact Marianne Lyons, director:

Outlander by Gary Carden is scheduled for three matinee performances by The Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theatre (ACT): Friday and Saturday March 24th & 25th in 35below at ACT and Sunday March 26th, 2017 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Curtain is at 2:30 for all three performances. All tickets are $6.00 and are available online at ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320 or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre box office. Any remaining tickets will be sold by cash only at the door beginning at 2:00 pm prior to each performance.

Directed by Marianne Lyon and in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville, this is an extra production in the 2016-17 season of The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase series.

A piece of Smoky Mountain history will come to the stage again in an encore reader’s theatre presentation of Outlander, written by award-winning storyteller Gary Carden, with mountain music by William Ritter. The play tells the story of the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and deals with the controversies and conflicts between longtime mountain residents and the “outsiders” who advocated preservation through establishment of national park lands.

Playwright Gary Carden, a native of Sylva, NC, is a collector of Appalachian and Cherokee folklore, a professional storyteller, and was a long-time columnist for the Smoky Mountain News. He received the North Carolina Arts Council Award for Literature in 2012 and the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award in 2006. His books include Appalachian Bestiary (Gary Carden, 2013), Mason Jars in the Flood & Other Stories (Parkway Publishers, 2000) and Belled Buzzard, Hucksters & Grieving Spectres: Strange & True Talks of the Appalachian Mountains (Down Home Press, 1994).

Musician William Ritter is a native of Bakersville, NC and an alum of Western Carolina University. He graduated with a degree in Technical Theatre, but spent much of his time in school studying the musical folk traditions of Western North Carolina. Currently, William is attending Appalachian State, where he is enrolled in the University’s Appalachian Studies Graduate Program. William plays banjo, fiddle, guitar, and other “string-ed things.” He is particularly interested in old apple trees and mountain humor—ever eager to swap lies, half-truths, jokes, and seeds.

Director Marianne Lyon acted in and directed numerous full-stage productions in her previous theatre life in Houston, Texas. She also served on the Board of Directors of The Company OnStage. She is currently a member of the play reading committee of The Autumn Players. Marianne appeared in last season’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Table Manners and most recently played Lily Dale in Horton Foote’s Young Man from Atlanta.

The Autumn Players is ACT’s volunteer outreach group consisting of over 100 seasoned actors writers and educators dedicated to taking theatre into the community. Since 1992, the company has provided entertainment, enrichment and instruction for thousands of students, seniors, and in-betweens at venues within an hour or more from Asheville.

For more information or for a full schedule of the 2016-17 Reader’s Theatre Showcase series, please visit ashevilletheatre.org.

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Outlander: a play about Horace Kephart

"Outlander" will be staged in Andrews on October 12th at 7:00.

The play has been produced at the Parkway Playhouse and was recently at the Swain PAC.  This production has many of the cast in the Parkway Playhouse performance. Contact Elizabeth Hay on Facebook for additional information.

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 9:34am

My reception

Chuck,

If it is convenient, please come to my reception at City Lights on Friday, December 4 at 7:00. I have been reading your blog and website and we have a bit in common. The reception is for the "official release" of the DVD of my play,

"Nance Dude," which I have been doing with Elizabeth Westall for the past 12 years. I am hoping that the reception might also serve as an opportunity to discuss Appalachian folklore/history/folk heroes as potential subjects for writing.

Gary… Continue

Posted on November 28, 2009 at 5:00pm

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At 4:59pm on March 5, 2012, Kathy Chapin said…

Joined up to this thing, so I could read some great things. Guess you'd best put up some really good posts, as I'll be looking in on your page. Kathy

At 2:41pm on June 7, 2010, Catherine Carter said…
That's an awfully kind review, Gary--many thanks! Especially for the Jeffers reference--he's one of my favorite poets, as I guess you can tell. :-)
At 9:37am on May 31, 2010, Catherine Carter said…
Thanks, Gary--but Swamp Monster will be a long time coming. It's at LSU for consideration now, and even if they do take it, their backlog is about three years (sigh.) Don't know much about drama--what's your play about?
At 9:24am on May 10, 2010, Catherine Carter said…
I'd be honored! Fair warning, though--SMN may not want it. 2006 is "old" as poetry books go. I've got a new one off at LSU right now (tentatively titled The Swamp Monster at Home), but even if they feel they can take it (they've had a very rough time with the budget rollbacks), their backlog is at least three years. Doesn't hurt to ask, though--thanks!
At 9:42am on February 3, 2010, Rob Neufeld said…
Gary, hello--I'm thinking of publishing an occasional top ten storytelling media list in the AC-T. Every month or so, starting recently, I've published a a top 20 WNC bestselling book list. So the media idea follows. I'd have to come up with criteria other than sales. Most ambitiously, I could have clips on "The Read" and go by number of hits.

Do you have suggestions about how I might collect an authoritative list of storytelling (and singing and dramatizing) CDs and DVDs of WNC of a certain recency (say, two years)? As with the top books list, I would put certain titles that have gotten older than two years on a classics list.

Thanks!/Rob
At 5:29pm on April 22, 2009, Rob Neufeld said…
Hey, Gary, it's been a while since we talked or corresponded. I take the rap for that cause I've been wrapped up in grant matters. You should know that David was thrilled and inspired by our visit. He wanted to know if he should nudge some storytelling festival friends.

And how can I buy DVDs from you? What do you have available directly? Can you put that info on this page?

More soon!/Rob
At 2:15pm on April 14, 2009, Kathryn Magendie said…
I've come visiting here, too....will look for the video....:)
At 3:03pm on March 5, 2009, Tipper said…
Hey Gary-hope you're doing well this day! I have a favor to ask you-remember back a few weeks ago when we were discussing spring water in the group? Could I use part of your comment about your grandfather's water on the porch? I'm writing a post about spring water and wanted to add some of the comments from here. Of course I'll give you credit and I'll link it to your blog if you want me too. Just let me know. Hope the re-wiring of your ears goes well!

Tipper
At 12:09pm on February 12, 2009, Ol' John Brown said…
Now I think I get it!
I've been in the forum under "Folklore Subjects" rather than the group; I'll request access and be there when it lets me in.
I'll send you an email from this site about the doc.
It looks like several mails haven't made it to you; I'm sorry.
At 10:35am on February 12, 2009, Ol' John Brown said…
No problem; did the mail about what the doctor said was wrong make it to you?
My wildblue email just isn't making to people much of the time.
 
 
 

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