October 6 will mark both the one-year anniversary of the Fremont Theater in the Lyon Court building at 2393 N.E. Fremont St. in the Alameda neighborhood and the 14-year anniversary of Irvington neighbors Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy’s Portland Story Theater, which began performing in the space last fall. On October 1, the story theater will launch a new series of weekly podcasts for the 2017-2018 season called Urban Tellers.
Each 45- to 60-minute episode will focus on a story from the live shows and feature an interview with the storyteller. Listeners will get an inside view of the story behind the story. The podcasts will be available on the story theater’s websites, www.pdxstorytheater.org and www.urbantellers.org, and on iTunes and other podcasting apps. The series is supported by a grant from the Milwaukie-based Kinsman Foundation and matched by Portland Story Theater’s Narrative Network donors. The first podcast will feature David Dale’s story, I’m Alright.
“People come to our live story shows to hear the real, true stories of ordinary people,” said Duddy. “They sit in the audience and the teller takes them on a journey. People ask us all the time about what goes into the making of a true, personal story, so we created this podcast. Every week we’ll listen to a story and then go behind the scenes for an intimate look into the storyteller’s process. Listeners will get to hear about the person behind the story, what they care about and who they are.”
Warren McPherson of Sweetlime Productions will serve as senior editor and creative director for the series.
“We wanted to take an approach that best expresses our brand of storytelling development and translate that to the podcast form,” said McPherson.
“We decided to conduct our interviews in the same space where we hold our workshops,” said Howard. “This space gives people that sense of safety that we’ve developed with them when helping them discover and craft their stories.”
For more information call 503-284-2226 or visit www.pdxstorytheater.org.