Darkness before the light, preparing for the freeze, getting cold, staying warm, hibernating. Tucson fills with tourists and snowbirds, escaping to the sunshine, still our pipes freeze. But like lizards on a warm rock, desert dwellers enjoy the cooler weather.
Curated by Penelope Starr and Adam Hostetter
Produced by Ana Montanez
Consider your 3-minute story for our spontaneous storytelling mid-show!
Location: The Screening Room, 127 E Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701
Admission is $15.00
Or pay at the door (card or cash). Patreon members: Your current membership gets you in free; please make sure to notify us if you are attending.
Interested in donating to Odyssey? Zelle us using this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Stories begin at 7 pm
Beer, wine & snacks available
Vaccination not required. Event will be indoors. Masks welcome.
Email email@example.com if you’d like to tell your own story on stage.
Simon Donovan is just your run-of-the-mill local annoyance. His brother-in-law recently observed that snark is his “mother tongue.” Much to the chagrin of his family and friends, he is known to always dominate dinner conversation. Often, he is described as an egomaniac with an inferiority complex. In other words, he’s not much, but he’s all he thinks about …
Jordan Wiley-Hill is a longtime professional storyteller, weaving tales for groups ranging from NASA and national museums to schools and cultural organizations. Oh, and his kids too — they hear a LOT of stories. A side effect of all of this is that his mind is especially primed for narrative. For better or for worse, when experiences arise in his life, they get filtered through all sorts of story layers and come out on the other end in funny little packages that go “pop” when you open them.
Silvia Kolchens is a semi-retired college chemistry instructor and STEM community outreach volunteer in the Tucson area. She enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking, motorcycling, and photography, and sharing the science behind her adventures with students, family, and friends. She lives in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains with her partner, Penelope, and their dog, Kosmos.
Lisa Stafford has made a career of teaching through storytelling. She has shared stories on The Moth stages in both Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as with The Waupaca Story Project (also in Wisconsin). Lisa has also shared stories with Tucson Teller of Tales, Female Storytellers here in Tucson and here on the Odyssey stage. Lisa and her good friend Cheryl Baker are bringing storytelling to Green Valley, Arizona, with a new storytelling community, “Tell Me A Story”
Leigh Mileur is a transplant from southwest Michigan who spent five years in the high desert before settling in Tucson in 2017. Leigh can periodically be found lurking backstage waiting to press buttons in a highly specific sequence. They went to school for linguistics because they were curious about it, then mostly stopped doing either. They like anything that skirts the line between art and craft. They are a professional theatre gremlin, figure drawing model, and creative writer, all of which can be seen at their website, www.leighmileur.com. Their hobbies include woodcarving and coloring.
Susan Friese describes herself as friend, wife, daughter, aunt, ally, advocate, playmate, hostess (with the most-ess!). Collaborator, connector, idea generator, implementer. Contemplative, listener, journey walker. Susan is a retired registered nurse and has been active in the Tucson community since 2008. Last year she earned her master’s degree in sustainable leadership from the University of Vermont, and currently, she is participating in the two-year training program at Tacheria School of Interfaith Spiritual Direction. Susan will be participating in the University of Vermont’s End of Life Doula program next spring.