We live in a world that is overflowing with stories. Or, rather, certain kinds of stories. Entertaining, exciting stories we see in films. Contemporary, edgy stories we find as television or internet series. And yet, in this forest of stories (with, perhaps, more stories than trees) somehow we continue, as a culture, to not care as much as we should for the roots.
Stories rooted in traditions and told for a contemporary audience is what we’re all about. That’s why our featured tellers for our inaugural Cincinnati Storytelling Festival were Lyn Ford and Bil Lepp. Lyn is a fourth-generation, nationally recognized Affrilachian (of African American heritage and history, from the region called Appalachia) storyteller. Bil comes authentically from the West Virginian tradition of Tall-Tales. Bil and Lyn are also two of the funniest and most entertaining people I’ve ever seen onstage.
For our second festival, we will have Master Storytellers Adam Booth and Sheila Arnold. They'll require the audience to recognize how and why we must look to our past in order to better learn how to look forward to a better, more empathetic and righteous future. And they will do that by being edge-of-your-seat entertaining. The stories they tell will live on in your head for months after you hear them.