Odyssey Storytelling Presents: Tripping
Curated by Penelope Starr and Jen Nowicki Clark
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Doors at 6:30, show at 7
The YWCA, Francis McClelland Community Center, 529 N. Bonita Ave.
$8 Adults, $6 Students
Tripping. Slipping. Falling. Crashing. Feeling the fool. Throwing caution to the wind and hitting the road. Is your mind open to new realities or do you shut down? Accidents happen. Wipe out with us. We promise not to point and laugh.
Richard Dooley is the youngest of 10 children. While he was an art student at U of A, he won a statewide contest to design the scenic route sign for the state of Arizona. Twenty years later he became a nurse. Between his graduation from art school but before becoming a nurse, he was a failed Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, tended bar from Seattle to the Virgin Islands, and while he was still a bartender and a nurse, he created an upscale Margarita mix called Dick’s Mix. He has some stories.
Kuvaal Patel is a student at the University of Arizona. Born in Chicago, Kuvaal moved to Las Vegas with his parents before leaving at the age of 11 to attend boarding school un upstate New York. He just turned 20, and is graduating in his 3rd year at University. Kuvaal works as a Field Sales Manager for Vector Marketing, and plans to move to Los Angeles, California after graduation to pursue a career in modeling and acting. His first role in film came in September 2017 where we starred in as a feature in STORM, he is on IMDb.com with a credit. He enjoys spending time with his puppies, running, and eating.
Jillian LaCroix is a graduate from University of Arizona and currently working as a Substance Abuse Counselor for the SMI population in Tucson, AZ. Jillian is a charismatic individual that has a love for creativity and art. Jillian is a classically trained pianist and violinist that has a passion for making acoustic covers of rap songs. Jillian likes to spend her days hiking around Tucson and playing with her dogs. Jillian recently had her first live reading experience with FST! in October and it’s safe to say that this experience opened a voice of hers that she didn’t even know excited. Jillian is excited to share her words and experiences with those who will listen in hopes that she can make a difference in this world.
This is Kim Lowry’s second opportunity to work with Odyssey Storytelling! She is a writer of many genres – poetry, short stories, surreal whatchamacallit, and plays. Another strike of luck in her life is that she has worked with several theatre companies, Bloodhut Productions, AKA Theatre, and One in Ten Theatre being among them. Here and now she is delighted to perform her job, work with other writers, and yep, be alive and able to do many things!
Pat Bean is a retired, award-winning journalist who spent nine years traveling full-time around the country in a small RV. She is passionate about nature, writing, bird watching, and reading. Her book, Travels with Maggie, which is about her travel adventures with her canine companion Maggie, was published in September. She is a board of director member for Story Circle Network and is a regular contributor to its quarterly journal. She was recently named a Lonely Planet Community Pathfinder based on her twice-weekly blog ( http://patbean.wordpress.com/ ) In 2015, she was named SCN’s blogger of the year. In 2016 she won a flash fiction writing contest, and this year one of her stories will be published in an anthology, Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories. You can contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Deady is a nurse, obsessed trail runner, peak bagger, and dark humor enthusiast. Beside her bathtub lives a stack of every Mary Oliver book. Tucsonan for now, Shannon is a New Englander by both nature and nurture–she loves watching the Red Sox at Fenway, slugging Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee regardless of season, and cursing profusely. With a background in both nursing and sociology, Shannon moved to the Navajo reservation after college where she worked as a nurse prior to relocating in Tucson. Shannon loves most deeply her rez pup, Cal, whose giant ears and even bigger heart are waiting for her at the end of every workday so the two can share a romp in the desert or a cone at the Screamery.
Penelope Starr (Co-Curator) is a writer, founder and producer of Odyssey Storytelling, workshop presenter, LGBT community activist, citizen folklorist and restorer of Navajo rugs, She is the author of The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Events (Parkhurst Brothers, 2017). Her new passions are consulting with communities to begin their own storytelling events and finishing her novel in linked short stories. See more at www.PenelopeStarr.com.
Jen Nowicki Clark (Co-Curator) is an educator, printmaker and mother. As director of the consulting firm, Creative Narrations, www.creativenarrations.net, she facilitates participatory multi-media digital storytelling trainings for groups locally and throughout the country. As a mom of two young kids, Odyssey nights are her one big night out each month, but that’s not the only reason that she loves Odyssey. She believes that there is no better tool than a story told from the heart to heal, inspire, teach and break down stereotypes.