A Year of Joy and Wonder
It has been a richly rewarding and inspiring year with all the spirited audiences with whom we shared stories, music, dance and art. From every one we met on the road into the world of imagination, we were awakened to new lessons of life and love.
The endless talents of so many gifted artists opened new doors into the world of art and life for our audiences, and gracefully escorted each person into discovering her/his own inner artist. Many thanks to them all.
Journey with us now as we celebrate the gifts of Life Story Theatre's past year:
RiverHeart, our lyric ensemble of medieval music and tales with Peter Hughes on violin, Steve Liebman on lute, Ed Merck on recorders and Alan O'Hare as seanchie/storyteller. We devoted February to celebrating the season of love with appreciative audiences at:
Bell St. UU Church, Providence, RI; Higgins Medieval Museum, Worcester; PeepToad Coffee House, Foster, RI; Murray UU Church, Attleboro
Men at Play, a company of budding gifted playwrights in collaboration with Needham Community Theatre presented excerpts from their original moving pieces to highly responsive and interactive audiences on May 17 in Needham:
"Uncle Doctor" by Jeffrey Kleiman, "Missing a Beat" by Michael Leshin, "An Atheist in Hell" by Tad Staley, Director/moderator: Alan O'Hare
Celebrate Your Life Story with Alan O'Hare was presented to a wide range of imaginative and lovely audiences that co-created the stories and songs to celebrate
their lives with its many mysteries and miracles:
- All Saints Episcopal Church, Brookline: A Celtic Retreat - Remembering and honoring the late John O'Donohue of Ireland as a gifted teacher, poet, priest and healer.
- Palmer, MA Senior Center - A celebration of stories about gifted people in our lives.
- Casserly House, Roslindale, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph who have initiated a citizenship learning center for newly immigrated people from Guinea, South Africa, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and many other countries. There was a magnificent beauty to witness the touching stories about each member's life journey.
- Rogerson House, Jamaica Plain, a center devoted to honoring the lives of elders and their families affected by life health issues. The participants and their stories were filled with the grace and beauty of their lives.
- A Gathering of Tellers, Artists and Healers from throughout MA have joined together to share their art in developing programs of healing for community centers throughout the world, including Israel, Rwanda, Uganda, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and many other sites. Meetings occur at Lesley University, Cambridge and The Peace Abbey, Sherborn.
To ask about joining us at our next meeting, please visit our Contact page.
Come join us as we begin Life Story's exciting new ventures:
Senior Theatre is a nationally renowned organization promoting arts and education programs for seniors throughout the country. In collaboration with the imaginative and resourceful leadership of Bonnie Vorenberg, Life Story Theatre will be expanding the marketing of our programs of arts and education. Visit www.seniortheatre.com
IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association) In partnership with world community healers and expressive artists in service to people affected by conflict and violence, as well as communities seeking peace and reconciliation. Life Story Theatre wwas represented at the IEATA International Conference in August of 2009 with:
Colleen Brown - Belfast, Northern Ireland; Joanne Robinson, Belfast, Northern Ireland; Alan O'Hare - Life Story Theatre, Sharon; Dot Walsh, The Peace Abbey, Sherborn.
Life Story Theatre and its many visual and performing artists joined with The Peace Abbey on October 2, 2009 to present a multi-cultural and multi-arts performance celebrating the beginning of the World Peace March: "Go Out in Joy, Led Forth in Peace." For further information, please visit www.peaceabbey.org
Dreams Once Lost, an acclaimed play of love and mystery about the journeys and passages of an elder couple's life has been presented to a number of theatres regionally and nationally to celebrate. Authored by Alan O'Hare and inspired by Richard Seaman. Please contact us if you would like to produce this play or sponsor it in your community.
Stories from Rwanda and Uganda - This new site will be presenting tales and art of vision, grace and courage from people of all ages as they celebrate the inspiring journey of their countries. It will be an interactive site where readers can dialogue and support the voices and visions of these artists.
Richard Seaman, Dream Merchant of Port Angeles, WA is a long time actor with Life Story Theatre in several productions, including Dreams Once Lost and Butterfly Secrets. Over the past several years he has served as collaborator and primary reviewer for all our productions. We are now pleased to acknowledge his official role as LST Muse and to celebrate his many gifts that have inspired our artists and audiences.