Over the past year, Wandering Aesthetics, The Akronist and Jilly’s Music Room partnered to produce nine Full Circle Storytelling events – each inspired by a prompt and an idea: everyone has a story. The 2016 – 2017 Full Circle Storytelling season comes to a close with a finale, “Full Circle Storytelling: Collected Works, Vol. 2,” Wednesday, July 26, at Jilly’s Music Room, 111 N. Main St.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and storytelling begins at 7:30 p.m.
From the season’s open mic events, eight storytellers were chosen to work with Wandering Aesthetics’ Director of Education Kyle Jozsa to shape their stories and present them at the finale. Special guest Neema Tamang, a Nepali actor who recently performed in “In Search of Alternative Dreams” as part of Gum-Dip Theatre’s Nepali Applause Festival, has been invited to share a story about “first love in a refugee camp.” DJ AaRron Epps will guide the gathering, spinning soulful soundscapes as the evening’s emcee.
Stories range from heart wrenching to hysterical – and everywhere in-between.
Jennifer Betz – Norton, OH
Story Title: The Pitfalls of Stream Littering
Brenda Cummins – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Story Title: Conception in Three Acts
Emily Durway – Akron, OH Story Title: First Date Fiasco
Tyler Hodges – Fairlawn, OH
Story Title: Just Another Manic Sunday
Meghan Meeker – Akron, OH (West Akron)
Story Title: My Father’s Father
Benjamin Rexroad – Coventry, OH (Portage Lakes)
Story Title: Family Tree
Bart Sullivan – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Story Title: Will Know Tomorrow
Brian Young – Akron, OH
Story Title: TBA
SPECIAL GUEST STORYTELLER:
Neema Tamang – Akron, OH (North Hill)
Story Title: First Love
Neema Tamang was born on Aug. 10, 1996 in a Nepali refugee camp. He worked with Suruwath Theatre Company as an artist, which he established on April 20, 2011. His goal was to bring social awareness to the community and preserve the Nepali culture. His interest in the arts drives him to perform. He also wants to share the arts with other people so they know what it is to love the arts and do creative things. Not only is he passionate about theatre, he’s passionate about sports too.
ABOUT THE EMCEE:
AaRron Epps joined BMe as Acting Community Manager in Akron where he leads efforts in building caring and prosperous communities. Epps is a certified facilitator for the “Ice House Entrepreneur Program” and “Thinking for a Change” a cognitive-based learning program for ex- offenders. Epps was recruited to be a speaker at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He spent two semesters facilitating a workshop about the early influences of “Hip Hop” and how teachers can use this information to get in better contact with students. Epps has over ten years of experience of working with at-risk youth and ex-offenders. He is the founder of the SAC Program, which is focused on building and sustaining the city of Akron through community building, entrepreneurship and black male achievement.
FULL CIRCLE STORYTELLING MISSION STATEMENT:
Full Circle is a successful monthly storytelling event open to the community. Telling their own true tales, Akronites place themselves at the center of their own life journeys. We use the art of narrative to ignite understanding between diverse peoples, building bridges– not walls– within our community.