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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Presents a Storytelling Feast

                BOCA RATON , FL (January 8, 2007) – The South Florida Storytelling Project in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents “ A Cultural Feast: A Deliciously Different Performance Event.”   This one-of-a-kind luncheon theatre series includes a buffet style lunch served by area restaurants, providing a delicious sample of cuisine from various cultures, followed by a storytelling performance.   The series will take place in the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton.   Tickets are $22 for the lunch and performance, and a three-performance series package is $54.

             The first performance, “Tamale Tales” featuring Carrie Sue Ayvar, will take place on Saturday, January 20 at 12:30 p.m.   Ayvar is a third generation storyteller who came of age in Mexico. Blending traditional, international and personal tales, bilingual storyteller Ayvar takes her listeners on a journey into the imagination, connecting people, languages and cultures through her stories that flow effortlessly between Spanish and English.   Her dramatic programs range from one-woman historical presentations to interactive folktales and stories in Spanish and English.   Lunch will be provided by Las Fajitas.

            Then on Saturday, February 17 at 12:30 p.m., Barbara McBride-Smith presents “Homer on the Range.”   McBride-Smith is acclaimed for her uptown, down-home Greek myths, post modern folktales, on-the-edge Biblical stories, and poignant personal tales of growing up as a baby boomer.   She is a school librarian, seminary professor, and moonlighting storyteller whose international travels include performances in Ireland, Greece, Turkey, and at the International Storytelling Festival in Washington D.C.   Lunch will be provided by Mykonos.

The final performance of the series will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m.   Patrick Ball will present “Irish Stew: The Land of Leprechauns in Story and Song.”   Ball is considered one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and an acclaimed storyteller in the Celtic tradition. In playing the legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in telling the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment, he not only carries on two of the most cherished traditions of Celtic culture, but blends them to create a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance. Lunch will be provided by Murphy’s Downtown Saloon.

For information about any of these performances, call the Willow Theatre box office at 561-347-3948 or e-mail cneile@fau.edu.

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