Story by Story: Donna Washington

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Join PSPL for Story by Story, a monthly storytelling series featuring diverse tellers from around the country. Enjoy one of the oldest performing arts while hearing about a variety of cultures and beliefs. Performances run 45-60 minutes, followed by an up-to 30 minute discussion opportunity. Story by Story is a storytelling series for adults, but mature teens are also welcome. An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided for all events.

In America today, we often feel divided from our fellow citizens. We sometimes feel as if the gulfs between us are so wide they will never be bridged. The divide feels real, but what if it isn't? What if the only thing that divides us is the stories we believe about people we don't know? What if the answer to bridging the divides is facing the stories we take for granted? When President Obama ran for national office, many things changed in America for African Americans. There was a belief that with a black president our country had become "post-racial". It changed the way our country spoke about and dealt with people of color. In “Chairs in the Trees”, Master Storyteller Donna Washington takes us on a journey that is funny, heartwarming, dark at times, and ultimately uplifting through the stories that surround a black woman who performs all over America.

Donna Washington, an award-winning internationally known master storyteller and author, has performed for audiences of all ages for over thirty-five years. Her storytelling repertoire ranges from poignant and funny fables about the human condition to racy relationships stories to spine-tingling tales of terror. She has been featured at numerous festivals, schools, libraries, theaters and other venues in the U.S., Canada, Peru, Argentina, and Hong Kong. During the pandemic, she has presented over two hundred shows & workshops virtually. In 2020, she co-founded the non-profit Artists Standing Strong Together with Master Storyteller Sheila Arnold for which they won a 2021 Oracle Award. She lives with her husband and two cats in Durham, North Carolina.

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