This year marks the 21st anniversary of No Ordinary Person, the program devoted to true, personal tales from Rappahannock storytellers. These talks are one of RAAC’s longest running and most popular events. Some stories are funny, some are sad or introspective or self-revealing, but all demonstrate the wisdom of Studs Terkel’s observation that there is no such thing as an “ordinary” person.
This year’s program features three storytellers, Andy Alexander, Barbara Black, and Miranda Hope. Andy Alexander, who has spent a career as a Washington journalist, will tell the story of how a routine news article had surprising impact. He calls his story “The Life I Saved.” Barbara Black’s patchwork of careers includes dessert caterer, fundraiser, massage therapist, and wellness educator. Her story, about a high stakes meal, is called “Chocolate Mousse – A Love Story.” Miranda Hope is a therapeutic yoga instructor and musician. She will recount a unique travel log of motherhood that she calls “To Exile and Back.”
There will be three performances this year. The program comes to the RAAC Community Theatre on Friday, Oct 4 (8 pm); Saturday, October 5 (8 pm); and Sunday, October 6 (3 pm). The Sunday performance will be followed by a talk-back session, where audience members can ask the storytellers follow-up questions.
Tickets will go fast! Watch for when they go on sale in September.
NOP is always looking for new storytellers. If you think you might have a story to tell, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org