EVENT: “Jack and the Least Gal: A Fantasia on Appalachian Wonder Tales
Joseph Sobol’s Farewell Performance to East Tennessee
PRESENTED BY: The ETSU Storytelling Program and David Joe Miller Productions
DATES: Thursday, July 20, 7:00pm
PLACE: Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, 125.5 West Main St., Jonesborough TN
ADMISSION: FREE. Donations to the ETSU Storytelling Program welcome.
INFORMATION: Dr. Joseph Sobol, 423-439-7863; 423-557-6030 (cell) Sobol@etsu.edu
"Joseph Sobol’s latest one-man musical Jack and the Least Gal finds the human heart's blood that runs through the Jack Tales. Proving that Jack Tales are not just for children anymore, he explores themes of sexuality, violence and witchcraft with a deft touch. The images he casts with words and music last in the mind's eye long after the final chord fades." ---Ed Stivender
Two of the most famous folktale heroes in American literary history—Jack and his adventurous female counterpart the Least Gal—come to the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre stage on Thursday, July 20 at 7pm. The ETSU Storytelling Program and David Joe Miller Productions present a farewell performance of Joseph Sobol’s virtuoso solo storytelling piece, “Jack and the Least Gal.” Sobol, who has been Coordinator of the world-renowned ETSU Storytelling Graduate Program since 2000, has recently accepted an offer to become Director of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Research at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, UK. So he will be departing ETSU and his home in Jonesborough soon after this show.
This performance will delight the senses with traditional and original songs, wild humor, and contemporary re-imaginings of familiar ancient tales. “Jack and the Least Gal” explores the intricate interconnections between the characters and themes of the Appalachian wonder tales, weaving them together into a cycle of growth and adventure, an Appalachian “Into the Woods” or “Hero With a Thousand Faces.” The program contains adult themes, and may not be suitable for children under twelve. After a recent show in the Chicago area, Illinois Storytelling Festival founder Jim May wrote, “Joseph Sobol's "Jack and the Least Gal" is a masterpiece--a breakthrough for Joseph's work and for the storytelling community's understanding of the Jack Tales Cycle.”
In August, 2000, in a very different world, Dr. Joseph Sobol took up the position of Coordinator of the Storytelling Graduate Program. This world-recognized program had been founded in the 1980s by Reading Professor Flora Joy. The ETSU Master of Professional Communications Storytelling Concentration is one of a select few fully accredited graduate concentrations in Professional and Applied Storytelling in the United States. From across the ocean to across the street, students have come to study the art and application of storytelling at ETSU. For seventeen years, Sobol has steered the program. Excited to be moving on to a new adventure, but sad to be leaving friends and community, he is offering this free farewell performance on Thurs., July 20 at 7:00pm at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, 125.5 West Main St. Admission is free; however, goodwill offerings will be accepted as a benefit for the ETSU Storytelling Program.
For more information contact: Joseph Sobol, 423-439-7863, or Sobol@etsu.edu . This event is sponsored by the East Tennessee State University Graduate Program in Storytelling.
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