Yankee Ingenuity: Stories of Headstrong and Resourceful People

Date: Saturday, May 13 at 7pm
Stonington Opera House
Tickets: $10 (Hancock County Students FREE)

Jo Radner shares a selection of historical tales, both humorous and thought-provoking, about New Englanders who have used their wits in extraordinary ways to solve problems and create inventions. The stories are engaging and entertaining, but also may raise some profound questions about our admiration of ingenuity and about the ethics of pursuing discoveries without taking their potential outcomes into account. 

Jo Radner is a storyteller for all moods. She delights in eccentrics, believes that humor and gravity are good bedfellows, and favors characters who shape admirable lives around unavoidable misfortunes. Jo has performed and taught from Maine to Hawaii to Finland. Although she tends to make stories about the people and history of northern New England, she also performs traditional folktales and her own modern tales and riffs on well-known classics. Her major stories include “Burnt into Memory,” a performance created from oral histories she gathered from survivors of the 1947 wildfire that destroyed the town of Brownfield, Maine, and “Braving the Middle Ground,” which juxtaposes Native American oral traditions and stories told by her own New England settler ancestors.

Jo teaches storytelling to teachers in Lesley University’s Creative Arts in Learning M.A. Program. She also conducts workshops for adults on creative storytelling, finding and telling personal and family stories, creating stories from history, and (especially for caregivers) on helping others tell and value their own stories. 

This is a Maine Speaks event

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