Storytelling and Solo Performance


Storytelling and Solo Performance

About live storytelling, solo performance, folk tales. performance art, monologues, and the growing ABQ storytelling scene

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Growing up Bold on KUNM Radio, The Spoken Word Hour, this Sunday with Ramona King

Sunday's theme is on "Growing up Bold" with an intermix of stories, songs, and poems by artist who give a damn about life hope and the small things that lay the foundation for who we are.Also…Continue

Tags: TheSpokenWordHour, 89.9FM, KUNMRadio, Tsunami, Orphanage

Started by Ramona King Nov 25, 2011.

"Let's Get Your Show On The Road" Solo Performers Workshop for Higher Paying Gigs

 Adilah Barnes, founder of the Los Angeles Women's Theater festival, with honorary co-chair Danny Glover, plans to be in New Mexico during the week of September 18th (22nd and 23rd).  I would like to…Continue

Tags: gigs, multicultural, solo-performers, workshop, festival

Started by Ramona King Jun 2, 2011.

So you think you can tell a story, eh? 4 Replies

I challenge anyone reading this to a quick writing exercise! Tell me who is this person and why the hell is he staring at you like that?…Continue

Started by Paul. Last reply by JeSais Feb 28, 2010.

This Sunday: KUNM Spoken Word Hour presents "BRO. Blues Last Song: A Love Story for Us". 1 Reply

A tribute to one of America's most modern influential storytellers. Hosted by Ramona King, Speaker/Storyteller and Performance Artist. 89.9 FM Albuquerque, Santa Fe. "We ain't nothing but a Song all…Continue

Started by Paul. Last reply by Paul Jan 24, 2010.

Daniel Beatty: Slam Poet Does an Incredible One Man Show

Below is a message I got from Helene Washington about an upcoming and Incredible Slam Poet/One-Man Show performerDaniel Beaty was a sensation at the Black National Theatre Festival a few years ago.…Continue

Tags: One-Man, Show, Resurrection, Poet, Beatty

Started by Ramona King May 26, 2009.

So you think you can tell a story, eh?

I challenge anyone reading this to a quick writing exercise! Tell me: who is this person and why the hell is he staring at you like this?

Started by Paul Mar 31, 2009.

Street Storytelling...Music by Naturally 7

I watched the Naturally 7 a cappella group on the Tavis Smiley show and then I saw Youtube had a clip of them performing "out the blue" on a Paris Subway. Doing the Art and enjoying each others…Continue

Started by Ramona King Mar 12, 2009.

MATERNAL DREAMER: The Family Addition , Free Admittance for Volunteer Parking Director and Alternate Sound Person

We're requesting volunteers to show up between 5pm and 5:30pm on Friday and Saturday nightsand between 1pm and 1:30pm on Sunday nights.The Sound person's job is really easy. It's just a matter of…Continue

Tags: Family, Volunteer, Space, Art, Dreamer

Started by Ramona King Mar 5, 2009.

Check out one of ABQ's premier storytellers, Ramona King!

Ramona will be performing MATERNAL DREAMER: THE FAMILY "aDDitIon" March 6, 2009 at The Orpheum Art Space, 500 Second Street Southwest #21 (Corner of 2nd & Coal) March 6, 6pm to March 15, 2009 at…Continue

Started by Paul Mar 4, 2009.

monologues in film: Network (1976)

a monologue is not just a stand alone piece, but often a piece within a larger play or screenplay. This one from the 1976 film Network work Peter Finch the Oscar for Best Actor and Paddy Chayefskey…Continue

Started by Paul Feb 28, 2009.

"The Spoken Word Hour" on KUNM (89.9) Tonight!!

Our own fabulous Ramona King will be hosting/DJ "The Spoken Word Hour" tonight at 8:00pm. Tonight she'll feature a segment on Paul Laurence Dunbar famous African American Poet who influenced the…Continue

Started by Paul Feb 22, 2009.

zen stories: the moon cannot be stolen 3 Replies

Much of the power of storytelling come the way it can impart wisdom and knowledge on an emotional level. Great religious leaders and texts the world over often explain concepts in terms of parable…Continue

Started by Paul. Last reply by Jetspawn Feb 16, 2009.

John Leguizamo: "Broken Antenna"

Before we started seeing this guy in minor hollywood roles, he was one of the most dynamic solo performers around. Continue

Started by Paul Feb 2, 2009.

Using your physical self to tell a story

As famed storytelling coach Doug Lipman points out, storytelling does not just rely on oral language. Your entire physical self can be used to tell the story. Facial expressions, posture, pantomine,…Continue

Started by Paul Jan 21, 2009.

What are our first memories of hearing stories? 2 Replies

This is one of my favorite questions. Many people remember remember a parent or grandparent reading bedtime stories. Personally I do not have any such memories. I do remember my grandma's oxygen…Continue

Started by Paul. Last reply by JeSais Dec 18, 2008.

Classic Solo Performers: Spalding Gray 4 Replies

Spalding Gray had his roots in experimental theater (the Wooster Group) and teaching literature at the Esalen Institute. When he was visiting New Mexico in 1965 his mother committed suicide. This was…Continue

Started by Paul. Last reply by Paul Dec 10, 2008.

Classic Solo Performers: Moms Mabley

Decades before Lenny Bruce and George Carlin were addressing controversial social issues in their routines, Moms Mabley had been addressing issues such as poverty and racism. She got her start on the…Continue

Started by Paul Nov 28, 2008.

Classic Solo Performers: Eric Bogosian 3 Replies

Long before his stint in Law and Order, Eric Bogosian was a NYC based monologist who started in the mid 80's, a golden age for solo performance. His works include Drinking in America , Sex, Drugs,…Continue

Started by Paul. Last reply by Ramona King Nov 25, 2008.

Rha Goddess and hip-hop mental health project 1 Reply

Speaking of solo performance Rha Goddess of NYC will be performing LOW: Part I of the Meditations Trilogy at VSA this Fri. and Sat. at 8:00 pm. She is described as an "artist, writer, poet and social…Continue

Started by Paul. Last reply by Ramona King Nov 25, 2008.

Future of storytelling... 2 Replies

As human beings we are wired for communication. Now we have more opportunities to communicate than ever, thanks to cell phones, email, television, print media and the like.The question that I have is…Continue

Started by Paul. Last reply by Ramona King Nov 18, 2008.

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Comment by Jetspawn on November 12, 2008 at 9:01am
Or this one from Richard II

No matter where; of comfort no man speak:
Let's talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;
Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes
Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth,
Let's choose executors and talk of wills:
And yet not so, for what can we bequeath
Save our deposed bodies to the ground?
Our lands, our lives and all are Bolingbroke's,
And nothing can we call our own but death
And that small model of the barren earth
Which serves as paste and cover to our bones.
For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd;
All murder'd: for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchize, be fear'd and kill with looks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!
Cover your heads and mock not flesh and blood
With solemn reverence: throw away respect,
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while:
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king?
Comment by Ramona King on November 18, 2008 at 9:32pm
Solo performers check out ProjectLifestories...Tanya specializes in helping people put together their one person shows.

Two other people who come to mind is Linda Piper (, and Carol Kessler (
Comment by Paul on November 19, 2008 at 7:36am
Yes Tanya at ProjectLifeStories...I am still kicking myself for not being able to participate in her workshops these past two weekends:(
Comment by Ramona King on November 25, 2008 at 10:56am
Also Adilah Barnes in Hollywood does a Touring workshop for one-person show performers. She hosts an annual showcase of one-woman shows and sometimes the shows include men. On my next wall comment I'll leave Adilah's e-mail with you so you can inquire about the annual Los Angeles Womens Theater Festival and her touring workshops.
Comment by Ramona King on November 25, 2008 at 11:54am
So AngelicaError how did your monologue go? Tanya left a message for me on my machine and it looks like we're going to meet next week. Is this a professional piece you're taking to the stage? Soon?
Comment by Ramona King on November 26, 2008 at 8:57am
This is Adilah Barnes e-mail address:
Adilah has a book coming out in December On My Own Terms - on the left side of the web page click Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival.

Here's Penelope Brackett's e-mail:
Though she's in New York she also offers teleconference workshops. An article she wrote for her newsletter is called, "4 Simple Success Strategies for Performers"

Tanya Rubinstein's web site:
Tanya also sent a newsletter to my e-mail.
Upcoming PLS Events.doc
Comment by Ramona King on November 26, 2008 at 9:01am
Adilah Barnes has a book to be released in December, On My Own Terms.

Pre-Order Autographed Copy of Adilah's Book ON MY OWN TERMS TODAY!!...
Comment by Ramona King on November 26, 2008 at 1:11pm
Corrected date for Touring Workshop
Let's Get Your Show On The Road - January, 2009.doc
Comment by Ramona King on February 16, 2009 at 9:37am
I found this embed in my e-mail box. Thought you might find it interesting. It's another way of seeing healthy ways to do our art via the muse. The link should be followed on one line if you can get it to do that. Thanks
Comment by PC Dude on March 4, 2009 at 4:30pm
Paul, please don't flog me or anything... Both Shereen and I were deep, deep into the cold thing, and did not want to infect anyone at the last storytelling. Forgive us? Besides, you know how expansive I can get when the mania strikes. I should be a great storyteller.. or something...


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