Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse presents
EHSOTI ~ STANDING ON TRADITION
Charlotte Blake Alston
Long before the written word, the history, traditions and cultural values of African people were passed down orally. Drawing on the rich source of stories, songs, and rhythmic elements that are hallmarks of the African and African American oral traditions, renowned storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will share traditional stories and songs interspersed with glimpses of childhood influences from her family community. The stories continue to strengthen, sustain and bind the community with a shared American experience. Come enjoy this celebration of storytelling and oral tradition by one of America’s greatest storytellers.
Charlotte Blake Alston is an acclaimed storyteller, narrator, instrumentalist, librettist and singer who performs in venues throughout North America and abroad. She is the host of Sound All Around, the Phila–delphia Orchestra’s Preschool concert series and has appeared as host or narrator on the orchestra’s school and family concerts since 1991. She has been a featured host, storyteller and narrator on the Carnegie Hall Family and School Concert series’ since 1995. She has made multiple appearances in such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Storytelling Festival and the National Festival of Black Storytelling.
Her international appearances include performances or festival appearances in Accra, Ghana; Cape Town, South Africa; Beijing, China; Basel, Switzerland and the Cape Clear Island Storytelling Festival in Ireland. She has appeared as a narrator for several choirs and orchestras around the country including the Cleveland Orchestra, The Indianapolis Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. She has performed at both Presidential and Gubernatorial Inaugural activities.
She has received numerous honors and awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the Commonwealth of PA. Artist of the Year Award, the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award and the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the highest award conferred by the National Association of Black Storytellers. Her latest libretto, The Children’s March, commissioned by Singing City Choir for the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA Festival) premiered on April 26, 2013.
Sunday, April 6th at 3:00 PM
The Provincetown Playhouse
133 MacDougal Street (1/2 block south of Washington Square Park, NYC)
Tickets are free and can be picked up at the box office starting at 2:00 PM
Nearest Subways: W. 4th St; Sheridan Square; 8th St.; Astor Place
David Montgomery, Program Director, Program in Educational Theatre
Regina Ress, Producer, Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse