“Growing Up” is the theme for the Wednesday, April 13 Arizona Storytellers Live Storytelling Night, presented by the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.
Five storytellers will share true, first-person stories about moments in their lives that have defined and changed them.
The show is the Arizona Storytellers’ second in-person night following COVID-19. During the pandemic, nationally broadcast virtual shows featured tellers from across the country. For 2022, Arizona-specific stories are back. More than 400 people attended February’s “Love and Heartbreak” themed show.
The shows are at Tempe Center for the Arts, which, since April 1, requires the wearing of a mask and proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours. Also note that because Storytellers nights usually sell out, tickets can only be purchased online and will not be sold on site.
The evening’s host will be former Republic reporter Megan Finnerty, who founded the Storytellers Project 10 years ago in Phoenix. Live storytelling nights have since expanded to Austin, Des Moines and other cities.
The scrutineers of the “Growing Up” program include:
- Jason Boatman, a real estate agent from the valley, who will share his humorous and touching recovery journey and how a chance encounter at a gay and sober conference gave him practice to follow. “We’re never too old to keep growing and developing our character for the benefit of others,” said Boatman, who lives in downtown Phoenix.
- Software engineer and native of Pakistan Diana Dinshaw, who will talk about the three goals his father set for him: to learn to swim, to learn to drive and to pursue higher education. However, this was at a time and in a country where it was not culturally acceptable for women to drive, and women lacked basic freedoms. “As an adult, I realize that he was truly my protector and his actions were to protect me and teach me to be independent.”
- Journalist Jimmy Jenkins will share how his father’s profession and where he grew up created his compassion for people within the prison system. Today, Jenkins, in his thirties, is a criminal justice reporter for The Republic who lives in Maryvale. In Arizona, he also reported for NPR’s Phoenix affiliate KJZZ.
- Kathy Nagawaka will tell a story about planning her first wedding when she was a child and the bride and groom were her favorite toys —and how she never wanted to run the family flower shop. Her family was one of many Japanese-American families who operated flower farms along Baseline Road after World War II. “I’m not going to marry a farmer or a florist,” Nagawaka said as a child. Today, she’s a college professor who helps plan weddings at her family’s flower shop.
Four more Arizona Storytellers shows are scheduled for 2022. Their themes and dates: Neighbors, June 8; Holidays, August 10; Food and Family, October 12; and public holidays, 14 December.
Arizona Storytellers Project: “Growing Up”
Or: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe.
When: Wednesday April 13. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $12 and can be purchased online only at storytellersproject.com. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Questions: Contact Roxanne De La Rosa, producer of Arizona Storytellers, [email protected]
To know if you leave:
COVID-19[FEMININE: Depuis le 1er avril, Centre Tempe pour les arts masques obligatoires à porter et preuve de vaccination ou test négatif dans les 72 heures suivant tout événement. Consultez le site Web du lieu pour les mises à jour.
Sous-titrage : La Commission de l’Arizona pour les sourds et les malentendants fournit des services de sous-titrage. Des sièges spéciaux seront réservés pour ceux qui ont besoin du service.
Accéder: Le Tempe Center for the Arts est conforme à l’ADA et entièrement accessible.
Comptables nécessaires : Nous sommes toujours à la recherche de personnes prêtes à être coachées pour monter sur scène pour partager une expérience. Si vous souhaitez devenir conteur, contactez la productrice de Storytellers Roxanne De La Rosa, [email protected].