Odyssey Storytelling presents “Dealbreakers”
Curated by Ethel Lee-Miller. Produced by Adam Hostetter.
Thursday, November 1. Doors open at 6:30. Show at 7:00.
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts
330 E. 7th Street
$10 Adults, $7 Students
Tickets available at the door or click here for online purchases.
Dealbreaker: noun. a factor or issue that, if unresolved, would cause one party to withdraw from a deal. What’s that one thing that you cannot/will not overlook or tolerate? What grosses you out in other people’s eating/drinking/dancing/traveling/clothing habits? What used to be a dealbreaker and now is a mere shoulder shrug? Was there a dealbreaker that totally shifted your life? Our storytellers share answers to these questions and more.
Angela Orlando holds a doctorate in anthropology and teaches all four fields of the subject to college students. She owns Women’s Wilderness Writing Workshops, which gets lady-identifying writers out into wild-ish settings where they write together and in solitude along different genres, including storytelling. She recently anthologized “The Daily Abuse: Women’s Accounts of Sexual Violation,” which compiles international ladies’ poetry, art, and essays about their #metoo experiences. Living free and easy is her sworn MO yet she does rather pedestalize highbrow aesthetics and foreign Michelin star restaurants.
Bethany Evans is a storyteller, cat mom, and jigsaw puzzle enthusiast. Originally from Mesa, Bethany moved to Tucson in 2006 to attend the Universty of Arizona, and never left. No stranger to storytelling, Bethany co-curates a monthly storytelling show for FST! Female StoryTellers, and has served on its executive board since 2013. She also occasionally does stand-up, and has performed at venues all over Tucson. This will be her first time telling a story with Odyssey.
Jess Kapp is a geologist, educator, and writer. She teaches geology at the University of Arizona, where she is an Associate Professor of Practice and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department of geosciences.
An accidental scientist, Jess found geology as an English major at Syracuse University, where a required introductory course sparked her curiosity for science. It ultimately took her to Tibet, where several months spent living in a tent at over 15,000 feet taught her a little about geology and a lot about what she was capable of. Today, her passions are teaching science to non-science majors, and encouraging more women to take a chance on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). She has written a book about her journey to becoming a woman scientist, which she hopes to publish soon.
She just launched her podcast “Plucky Ladies: An exploration of female curiosity, perseverance, and feats of excellence” in October 2018, available on SoundCloud and her website jesskapp.com. She hopes that by sharing her story as well as those of other plucky women, she might encourage young women to take risks, step out of their comfort zones, and discover who they are meant to be. In the unlikely event that she gets some free time, you can find her cheering one son at his soccer games, playing ukulele with the other, or watching stand-up comedy specials with her geologist husband.
Levonne Gaddy, a former sixteen-year-resident of Tucson, now spends her time on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. She resides with her partner of three decades and their two spaniels. She enjoys creating art, writing, exploring the science of consciousness, and preparing plant-based meals. She is the author of the recently released memoir, Three Red Suitcases: A Southern Childhood. LevonneGaddy.com
Ron Lancaster has been telling stories since he was three years old according to his mother who revealed that unfortunate incident with the missing cookies.
Undeterred by that scrape with authority he kept refining his stories to an ever finer point until 1992 when he opened the first night club devoted to storytelling called the Storyteller Café in Los Angeles and another one of the same name in Mesa in 2000.
Ron has long been associated with Tucson’s Tellers of Tales regaling audiences with his unbelievable and oft times humorous tales of personal mischief and naïveté.
He is author of five books including the ever popular How I Helped Win World War II: Memoirs of a Five Year Old.
Between all the yarns and tall tales, Ron has earned a living as a financial administrator and teacher.
Tonight Ron Lancaster stands tall on his tippy-toes with the curious drama, “Love with a Taller Woman.”
Vene Aguirre was born a native New Yorker in the small Southwest hamlet of Nogales, Arizona. She splits her time writing about her adventures in the Big Apple on Facebook and writing a novel based on her life. She welcomes questions about her Facebook entries but not about the book. Because the question is always inane.
Ethel Lee-Miller (curator) Transplanted from New York in 2009, Ethel has embraced just about everything about living in the desert – taking a full water bottle everywhere, learning to identify snakes, and getting really excited about rain, while holding onto certain signature New York speech patterns that cause people to ask “Uh, are you from New York?”
Continuing her love affair with words, she is active in the Arizona writing and storytelling community. She is pleased to have published her memoir Thinking of Miller Place, and her anthology, Seedlings, Stories of Relationships, and to be hosting tonight’s show. Contact: https://etheleemiller.com
Adam Hostetter (Producer) is Quantum Mennonite. An avid food fermenter, blogger, Reiki practitioner and Tarot reader, he believes that with the energy of love and peace, we create change, and we heal, not just ourselves, but the entire universe. You can find info on Reiki, Tarot and his essays on his website QuantumMennonite.com.