'His acting is strong, and his stories indelible. There is poignancy and sadness along with the joy.'
- Sam Allis, The Boston Globe
'A man of elegance, wit, and poetry.'
- Time Magazine
'First rate theater.'
- The Washington Post
One of the greatest storytellers in the world, Jay O'Callahan travels with his stories and runs a series of storytelling workshops to help aspiring storytellers (and experienced masters) hone their craft. Storytelling has brought Jay around the earth. "The storyteller of old got on a horse," O'Callahan says. "I get on a plane, parachute into a community and I'm part of its life for a while before moving on to the next one."
'The Spirit of the Great Auk,' the last in a three-part Mary B. Martin School series called "When Worlds Collide," is about kayaker Dick Wheeler's retracing of the migratory journey of this now extinct bird, has taken him from Nantucket to New Zealand. Time Magazine called Dick "a hero of the planet" for his important message. O'Callahan's stirring drama is inspired by the real-life odyssey of Wheeler's four-month 1,500-mile kayak journey from Newfoundland to Buzzard's Bay, Mass. Newfoundlanders warned Wheeler that the fish in the Grand Banks were disappearing. O'Callahan told Kezia Bacon of South Look Magazine: "I want audiences to meet these people of Newfoundland and be embraced by their warmth and biblical sense of hospitality, like Dick Wheeler, to be invited into their world and to experience what he experienced, and also to be part of the inner adventure, to go through some of the process of shock and upset and then ask 'What's going on with us?' I want them to experience what's happening to the sea and what's happening to the fishermen in Canada, Maine, Marshfield . . . and maybe they'll think about how we relate to the sea and nature, not necessarily looking for answers or solutions, but maybe they'll experience it in a new way."
Special guest Wheeler will be present at the ETSU performance. A question and answer session with Jay and Dick, the kayaker, follows the performance.
For more information about Jay O'Callahan, visit his website.
Tickets ~ $15 general admission, $10 senior 60+, $5 student w/ID
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