Diane Wolkstein  


Inanna at the 2013 Norwegian Storytelling Festival
Diane will tell the Sumerian epic of Inanna with a new score by Nathaniel Wolkstein during the 2013 Fortellerfestivalen (Norwegian Storytelling Festival) inside Oslo’s Dramatikkens Hus. The actual performance date will be announced soon.
Address: Tøyenbekken 34 Venue phone: 011 47 22 05 90 60

Penn State College of Education Commencement Ceremonies
Diane will deliver the Commencement Speech during the Spring Commencement Ceremonies.
Time: 1:30pm Address: 140 Chambers Building Venue phone: 1-814-865-1500

Classic Tales & Rare Gems from Hans Christian Andersen
Diane will perform an all–Andersen program for families at Scandinavia House. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Monkey King Benefit
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene present the Monkey King Epic in a benefit performance for Susan E. Wagner High School.
Time: 12:30pm Box office: 1-718-698-4200 Address: 1200 Manor Road Venue phone: 1-718-698-4200

Vinlander Saga
Diane Wolkstein and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene (on the nyckelharpa) present the Vinlander Saga as part of Scandinavia House‘s Stories from Iceland series. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Elsie Piddock at the Norfolk Library
Diane tells Eleanor Farjeon’s “Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep” at the Norfolk Library. Bring your skip ropes for the skipping contest that will follow. Time: 4:00pm Box office: 1-860-542-5075 Address: 9 Greenwoods Road Venue phone: 1-860-542-5075

Keynote Speech: Our Possibilities… Our Potential
Diane will deliver the keynote during Power of Women‘s Annual Fall Luncheon and Networking Event. Time: 12:00pm Box office: 1-610-776-1676, ext. 3 Address: 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA Venue phone: 1-877-726-3777

Monkey King in Palm Beach
Diane will tell the Monkey King Epic as part of the Norton Museum of Art’s Seventh Annual Chinese Moon Festival. Time: 3:00pm Admission: Free Box office: 1-561-832-5196 Address: 1451 South Olive Avenue Venue phone: 1-561-832-5196

Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep
Diane will tell the Eleanor Farjeon story “Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep,” joined by musician Shirley Keller. Bring your skip ropes for the Skipping Party which will follow the storytelling!
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

SISF International Storytellers Showcase
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene present stories from The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales at The Arts House, as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. Sponsored by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. Time: 7:30pm Box office: 65 6332 6900 Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 Venue phone: 65 6332 6900

SISF Master Class
Diane will lead a Master Class on “Storytelling: Content and Technique” at The Arts House, as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. Sponsored by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. Time: 10:00am Box office: 65 6332 6900 Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 Venue phone: 65 6332 6900

SISF Performance: Wisdom Tales
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene present a program of Wisdom Tales from the Native American, Sufi and Jewish traditions at The Arts House, as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. Sponsored by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. Time: 7:30pm Box office: 65 6332 6900 Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 Venue phone: 65 6332 6900

SISF Keynote Presentation
Diane will speak on the topic of “The Nature of Storytelling” at The Arts House, as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. Sponsored by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. Time: 9:30am Box office: 65 6332 6900 Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 Venue phone: 65 6332 6900

SISF International Storytellers Showcase
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene present stories from The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales at The Arts House, as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. Sponsored by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. Time: 7:30pm Box office: 65 6332 6900 Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 Venue phone: 65 6332 6900

Story Genre Workshop at Singapore International Storytelling Festival
Diane will present a workshop on the topic of “Story Genre: Understanding Folk Tale, Fairy Tale, Wisdom Tale & Myth,” at The Arts House, as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. Sponsored by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. Time: 3:00pm Box office: 65 6332 6900 Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 Venue phone: 65 6332 6900

Monkey King in Singapore
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Journey to the West to The Arts House, as part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. Sponsored by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. Time: 7:30pm Box office: 65 6332 6900 Address: 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 Venue phone: 65 6332 6900

Master Class at the National Storytelling Conference
Diane will be leading a master storytelling class during the National Storytelling Conference to be held inside the Marriott Cincinnati at RiverCenter. Time: 1:00pm Box office: 1-800-525-4514 Address: 10 West Rivercenter Boulevard, Covington, KY

Philamandre
Diane will be telling the Haitian story “Philamadre” (from The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales) as part of an hour of story shared with Melissa Heckler.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Honoring Carol Lewis
Diane will join Roslyn Bresnick–Perry, Peninnah Schram, Gerard Fierst, Ellen Shapiro, and David Elyha in honoring the legacy of Carol Lewis.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Flax / Monkey King
Diane will tell the H.C. Andersen story “The Flax” and a portion of the Chinese Monkey King Epic, assisted by multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Monkey King at the Asian Art Museum
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene present the “Havoc in Heaven” section of the Monkey King epic for all ages at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. A Target Free event. Time: 2:00pm Admission: Free Box office: 1-415-581-3500 Address: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 Venue phone: 1-415-581-3500

Journey to the West: Story & Discussion
Diane and mutli–instrumentalist Jeff Greene present their version of Journey to the West at a private home in the Berkeley Hills. A discussion will follow the performance. The admission price includes refreshments. Call 1-510-548-7890 for reservations and travel directions. Time: 7:15pm Admission: $25.00

Keynote Speech: The Importance of Story in Learning Languages
Diane will present her talk on “The Importance of Story in Learning Languages,” as part of the 15th International Conference on Language, Teaching and Culture at the Fortune Institute of Technology. Contact Hui–feng Grace Peng at 07–788–9888, extension 8949 for more information. Time: 1:30pm Address: No.1-10 Nwongchang Rd., Lyouciyou Village, Dalio Township, Kaohsiung County 831 Venue phone: +886 7 7889888

Monkey King in Phuket
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene will bring their version of Monkey King to the British International School in Phuket, Thailand. Time: 7:30pm Address: 59 Moo 2 Thepkasattri Rd Koh Koaew, Muang, Phuket 83200 Venue phone: +66 (0) 76 33 55 55

Monkey King in Phuket
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene present their version of Monkey King to the students of the British International School in Phuket, Thailand. Time: 10:45am Address: 59 Moo 2 Thepkasattri Rd Koh Koaew, Muang, Phuket 83200 Venue phone: +66 (0) 76 33 55 55

Monkey King in Phuket
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Monkey King to the students of the British International School in Phuket, Thailand. Time: 11:25am Address: 59 Moo 2 Thepkasattri Rd Koh Koaew, Muang, Phuket 83200 Venue phone: +66 (0) 76 33 55 55

Monkey King in Yangon
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Monkey King to the students of International School Yangon in Myanmar. Time: 2:00pm

Monkey King at Kandawgyi Palace
Diane and muti–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Journey to the West to the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel. Time: 4:00pm Address: Kan Yeik Tha Road, Yangon Venue phone: (951) 249255-9, 394837, 394839

Monkey King: Journey to the West
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Journey to the West to Provincetown Playhouse. Time: 3:00pm Admission: $5.00 (NYU students/staff free) Box office: 1-212-352-3101 or 1-866-811-4111 Address: 133 MacDougal Street, New York, NY Venue phone: 1-212-998-5424

Stories of H.C. Andersen
Diane will tell well known and little known stories of Hans Christian Andersen for families at Scandinavia House. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Storytelling in Central Park (View full schedule)
Diane will join Rafe Martin for a program of sacred stories including “The Endless Path” (Buddhist) and “Opening the Heart” (Hasidic).
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Storytelling in Central Park (View full schedule)
Bring your skipping ropes and join Diane and musician Shirley Keller for a morning of family stories including Eleanor Farjeon’s “Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep.” Be sure to stay for the skipping contest after the stories!
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Diane Wolkstein at the Moonshell Storytelling Festival
Diane will be one of the four featured tellers at the Moonshell Storytelling Festival, inside Mahoney State Park. Here is Diane’s schedule:
 
10:00–11:45 a.m.: Olio (all tellers)
12:00–2:00 p.m.: Pavilion (w/Willy Claflin & Lucy Duncan)
2:15–4:15 p.m.: Simple Techniques for Storytellers (workshop, $40 registration)
7:00–8:00 p.m.: Olio (all tellers)
8:15–9:00 p.m.: Ghosting (ghost stories, all tellers)
 
Download the schedule (PDF, right–click to save) or visit the Nebraska Story Arts website for more details. Time: 10:00am Admission: Free w/park admission Address: 28500 West Park Highway, Ashland NE Venue phone: 1-402-551-4532

Stories from Many Lands
Diane presents an hour of stories from all over the world at the Charles H. Gere Branch Library.
Time: 6:30pm Address: 2400 South 56th Street, Lincoln, NE Venue phone: 1-402-441-8560

Storytelling Workshop
Diane will lead an all–day storytelling workshop at the Library Theatre. Time: 8:30am Address: 200 Muncipal Drive, Hoover, AL Venue phone: 1-205-444-7800

Storytelling in Central Park (View full schedule)
Join Diane at the Andersen Statue for a morning of stories including the Andersen tale of “The Most Incredible Thing of All.”
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Storytelling in Central Park (View full schedule)
Join Diane and Therese Folkes–Plaire for a morning of stories at the Andersen Statue, including Andersen’s “The Flax” and the Aboriginal tale of “The Echinda.”
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Ruth
Diane will tell the Book of Ruth (at an All–Night Torah Study service in honor of the holiday of Shavuot) at the Jewish Religious Center. Please contact Rabbi Joshua Boettiger at rabbi@sover.net if you wish to attend. Time: 8:00pm Admission: Free Address: 24 Stetson Court, Williamstown, MA Venue phone: 1-802-442-9645

Storytelling Workshop at Rothko Chapel
Diane will offer a storytelling workshop at Rothko Chapel for everyone who loves stories, wants to hear more stories, and wants to learn to tell stories. Contact Tom Ricker at 1–713–524–9839 if you wish to register. Time: 1:00pm Admission: $50.00 (registration required) Address: 3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX Venue phone: 1-713-524-9839

Monkey King
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Journey to the West to Rothko Chapel. Time: 3:00pm Address: 3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX Venue phone: 1-713-524-9839

Stories from Haiti (First Grade)
Diane will tell Haitian stories from The Magic Orange Tree and The Banza for First Graders of PS 87.
Time: 10:00am Admission: Free Address: 160 West 78th Street, New York, NY

Stories from Haiti (Kindergarten)
Diane will tell Haitian stories from The Magic Orange Tree and The Banza for Kindergarten students of PS 87.
Time: 9:30am Admission: Free Address: 160 West 78th Street, New York, NY

Monkey King at Blue Cliff Monastery
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Journey to the West to Blue Cliff Monastery. Time: 7:00pm Admission: Donation Address: 3 Hotel Road, Pine Bush, NY Venue phone: 1-845-733-4959

Journey to the West
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Journey to the West to the NYU Kimmel Center (Eisner & Lubin Auditorium) in Greenwich Village. Time: 7:00pm Admission: Free Address: 60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor, New York NY

Journey to the West
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene will perform Journey to the West at Yoga Shivaya. Admission is free, although donations for the performers will be gratefully accepted. Time: 7:00pm Admission: Free Address: 15 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor, Tarrytown, NY 10591 Venue phone: 1-914-584-1647

Parabola Live: Monkey King
Diane and musician Jeff Greene will join Parabola editors Tracy Cochran and Jeff Zaleski and others for an afternoon of music, meditation, and storytelling — including a special Journey to the West performance — at the New York Insight Meditation Center. Suitable for adults and children 10 years old and up. Time: 2:00pm Box office: 1-212-213-4802 Address: 28 West 27th Street, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-213-4802

Journey to the West
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Journey to the West to Tibet House US for a special evening performance. Time: 7:00pm Address: 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY Venue phone: 1-212-807-0563

Vinlander Saga
Diane tells the Vinlander Saga (including the tale of Leif Ericksson and the discovery of North America) at Scandinavia House with musical accompaniment by Jeff Greene on the nyckleharpa (a Swedish keyed fiddle). Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Monkey King
Diane visits Rudolph Steiner House in Sydney to tell highlights from Journey to the West, with a Q&A period to follow.
Time: 6:30pm Admission: $20/$15 consession Box office: (02) 9264 5169 Address: 307 Sussex Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Venue phone: (02) 9264 5169

Sun Mother wakes the World
Diana will be telling the Aborigine creation myth for the students of Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner Primary School in Belrose.
Time: 11:30am Address: 220 Forest Way, Belrose, New South Wales, Australia

The Art and Craft of Storytelling: A Workshop (Sydney area)
A daytime workshop sponsored by the Australian Storytelling Guild NSW, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your own lunch; tea, coffee and cake will be provided. $50 for members, $70 for non–members, $55 concession. Please contact Christine Carlton at ccarlton@cia.com.au for more information or call (02) 9894 7489 to reserve your place. Time: 10:00am Admission: $50 members/$70 public Address: Callan Park, Balmain Road, Rozelle, NSW 2039 Venue phone: 02 9555 9757

Storytelling Workshop: The Importance of the Trickster in Our Time (Perth)
A storytelling workshop on archetype of the Trickster and this character’s relevance to our time, at Wollaston Conference Centre in Perth. Sponsored by the Jung Society of Western Australia. Before February 1st: $130 general admission ($115 Jung Society members); after February 1st: $140 general admission ($125 Jung Society members); includes lunch and tea and coffee. Time TBA; please contact Brittain Garrett at britt.garrett@westnet.com.au or (04) 1795 8658 for more details. Admission: $130/$115 Jung Society members Address: Wollaston Road, Mount Claremont, Perth WA 6010 Venue phone: 08 9286 0200

Monkey King and Q&A (Crawley)
An evening performance inside the Social Science Lecture Theatre on the University of Western Australia‘s Nedlands Campus (across from the University Club, Hackett Drive entrance 1). Sponsored by the Jung Society of Western Australia. Please contact Brittain Garrett at britt.garrett@westnet.com.au for more details. Time: 7:30pm Admission: $25/$20 Jung Society members Address: Hackett Dr, Crawley WA 6009 Australia Venue phone: (+61 8) 6488 6000

Storytelling Workshop (Brisbane)
Cost to be announced; please contact Louise Phillips at louise@louptales.com or call (07) 3878 5078 for more information. Time: 2:00pm Address: Stanley Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Stories and Fairy Tales from Many Lands for Children (South Brisbane) — CANCELED
This event has been canceled.
Time: 10:00am Address: Stanley Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia

Russian Fairytales (Canberra)
A special afternoon of Russian stories for families at the National Gallery of Australia‘s Small Theatre. Please e–mail eventbookings@nga.gov.au or call (02) 6240 6528 for more details. Time: 2:00pm Admission: Free Box office: 011 61 2 6240 6411 Address: Parkes Pl, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia Venue phone: 011+61 2 6240 6411

Sun Mother Wakes the World (Canberra)
A morning performance for families, featuring Diane’s telling of the Australian creation story, held inside the National Gallery of Australia‘s Small Theatre. Please e–mail eventbookings@nga.gov.au or call (02) 6240 6528 for more details. Time: 10:30am Admission: Free Box office: 011 61 2 6240 6411 Address: Parkes Pl, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia Venue phone: 011+61 2 6240 6411

Monkey King: Journey to the West — Part 2 (Canberra)
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Journey to the West to the National Gallery of Australia‘s James O. Fairfax Theatre. Suitable for adults and children (age 14 and up). Please e–mail eventbookings@nga.gov.au or call (02) 6240 6528 for more details. Time: 7:00pm Admission: $10/$8 members Box office: 011 61 2 6240 6411 Address: Parkes Pl, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia Venue phone: 011+61 2 6240 6411

Monkey King: Journey to the West — Part 1 (Canberra)
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of Journey to the West to the National Gallery of Australia‘s James O. Fairfax Theatre. Suitable for adults and children (age 8 and up). Please e–mail eventbookings@nga.gov.au or call (02) 6240 6528 for more details. Time: 11:00am Admission: $8/$6 members/$5 children Address: Parkes Pl, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia Venue phone: 011+61 2 6240 6411

Monkey King for Children & Families (Melbourne)
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene bring their version of the Chinese Monkey King epic to the National Gallery of Victoria (Great Hall, Level G) in an afternoon performance for families (age 8 and up). Presented by Storytelling Guild Victoria. Time: 2:00pm Admission: Free Box office: 011 61 03 8662 1555 Address: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia Venue phone: 011 61 3 8620 2328

Monkey King for Children & Families (Bright, High Country)
Please contact Marg Arnold at marga@hclc.vic.gov.au or call (03) 5722 4211 for more details. Time: 11:00am Address: Ireland St, Bright VIC 3741 Australia Venue phone: 011 61 3 5755 1540

Monkey King for Children & Families (Mt. Beauty, High Country)
Please contact Marg Arnold at marga@hclc.vic.gov.au or call (03) 5722 4211 for more details. Time: 3:00pm Address: Lakeside Ave, Mt Beauty VIC 3699 Australia Venue phone: 011 61 3 5754 4542

Monkey King
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene perform their version of Journey to the West for the for the lower grade students of Village Community School. Contact Helen Huang at (212)–691–5146 for more information. Time: 10:00am Address: 272-278 West 10th Street, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-691-5146

Monkey King — CANCELED
Diane’s performance of Journey to the West at the Windhorse Zen Community has been canceled because of a blizzard (no planes flying out of New York City). Apologies to all who wanted to attend. Time: 7:00pm Address: 580 Panther Branch Rd, Alexander, NC Venue phone: 1-828-645-8001

Monkey King
Diane will tell her version of Journey to the West to the students of the IDEAL School of Manhattan. Time: 8:30am Address: 4 West 76th Street, New York, NY Venue phone: 1-212-769-1699

Fairy Tales by Candlelight
Diane will tell Russian fairy tales, accompanied by Michael Braudy on violin, in an intimate setting in New York’s Greenwich Village. Please e–mail mbraudy@mindspring.com if you wish to attend. Time: 7:30pm Admission: $18.00

Stories of Hans Christian Andersen
Diane performs an hour of Andersen stories for families at P.S. 242 Gwendolyn Powell Brown Computer School in Manhattan.
Time: 10:00am Admission: Free Address: 134 West 122nd Street, New York, NY Venue phone: 1-212-678-2908

Fairy Tales by Candlelight — SOLD OUT
Diane will tell Russian fairy tales, accompanied by Michael Braudy on violin, in an intimate setting in New York’s Greenwich Village. Contact mbraudy@mindspring.com. Time: 7:30pm Admission: $18.00

Freedom is Precious Charity Event
Diane will be one of the featured guests at this benefit for GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services). Time: 7:00pm Admission: $10 online ($20 at door) Address: 186 Delancey Street, New York NY

A Halloween–themed Storytelling Night:
Chinese Ghosts and Monsters + Ideas for Chinese Language Teachers

This evening will feature a presentation on “Ghost and Monster Stories in Chinese Literature” by Professor Jinxiang Ying (Xiamen University), a dramatic performance of “Red Boy” (from Journey to the West) by Diane Wolkstein, and a presentation of “Spooky Chinese Characters” by Bo Hao (Hunter College). Please register ASAP to reserve your place for this event. For further information or for help with registering, please e-mail ALBETAC@gmail.com. Time: 5:00pm Address: 100 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003

Diane Wolkstein at the National Storytelling Festival
Diane will be one of the featured tellers at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN., considered one of the Top 100 Events in North America. Here is her performance schedule:
 
Friday, October 1st:
11:30 a.m.: with Rafe Martin (Tent on the Hill)
4:00 p.m.: with Jay O’Callahan (Courthouse Tent)
8:00 p.m.: Storytelling Olio
 
Saturday, October 2nd:
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.: Folktales and Songs from Haiti (Creekside Tent)
8:00 p.m.: Journey to the West (with accompaniment by musician Jeff Greene) (Storytelling Theatre)
 
Sunday, October 3rd:
10:00 a.m.: Hasidic Stories (Sacred Telling Library Tent)
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: How to Be a Mensch (with Kevin Kling) (Library Tent)
2:30 p.m.: Monkey King (with accompaniment by musician Jeff Greene) (10 min., Courthouse Tent)
 
Be sure to purchase your tickets online on the Festival website.
Address: 116 West Main Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659 Venue phone: 1-423-753-2171

The Magic Orange Tree CD Release Party
To celebrate Diane Wolkstein’s release of The Magic Orange Tree & Other Haitian Folktales, we will be throwing a CD release party at the Meta Center — and you’re invited to join us! In addition to Diane telling stories from The Magic Orange Tree, we will be joined by Joy Kelly, Shirley Keller, Haitian drummer/singer Oneza Lafontant, La Troupe Makandal, Laura Simms, Haitian dancers, and more. The walls will be decorated with Elsa Henriquez’s original illustrations for the classic, ALA Notable book The Magic Orange Tree & Other Haitian Folktales. Buy your tickets online at Eventbrite (credit card required).
Time: 7:30pm Address: 214 West 29th Street, 16th Floor, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-736-0999

Storytelling in Central Park
This Saturday at 11am, September 25th, bring your skip ropes and join Shirley Keller and Diane for Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep as well as the last episodes of Journey to the West with musician Jeff Greene. Don’t miss the finale of this year’s Central Park Storytelling Season!
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Loft Performance of Journey to the West
Jeff Greene and Diane will be hosting a special 2–hour performance of the entire epic Journey to the West in Jeff’s Manhattan loft. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of such an intimate performance. Buy tickets on Eventbrite.
Time: 3:30pm Admission: 12 Address: 450 W 31st St, 6th Floor

Storytelling in Central Park
This Saturday at 11am, join us for the Ugly Duckling’s Birthday Party, featuring Rolf Stang, Mary Ann Schmidt, and Diane Wolkstein. This event will be dedicated to the memory of Harriet Nilsen.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Diane Wolkstein on Asheville’s Front Porch
A celebration of stories for all ages with Diane Wolkstein, Mica White and Charlie St. Clair at Reuter Terrace for the enjoyment of Asheville’s citizens and tourists. Please e–mail Sarah Lawson at sarahlarso@gmail.com for further details. Time: 10:30am Admission: Free Address: College Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Storytelling in Central Park
Diane will be telling “Two Monkey Kings” (from Journey to the West) with musical accompaniment by Jeff Greene.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Journey to the West, Part 2
Diane will be telling the second part of the epic. Each part is self–contained. With musical accompaniment by Jeff Greene.
Time: 12:00pm Address: Croton Point Park, Cronton-on-Hudson NY

Journey to the West, Part 1
Diane will be telling the first part of the epic. Each part is self–contained. With musical accompaniment by Jeff Greene.
Time: 1:30pm Address: Croton Point Park, Cronton-on-Hudson NY

Storytelling in Central Park
Diane will be telling “Red Boy” (from Journey to the West) with musical accompaniment by Jeff Greene.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Magic Orange Tree
Diane will tell stories from The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales, with guest teller Joy Kelly Smith and drummer Oneza Lafontant.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

A Benefit For Haiti
Celebrate the unique and rich culture of Haiti with stories, music, and dance, and help raise funds for Haitian mothers and children.
Time: 2:00pm Admission: $10/$20 Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Monkey King Workshop – A Performance, Workshop, and Alchemical Practice
Diane will tell four of Monkey’s stories and Sat Hon will give revelatory Taoist interpretations of the stories.
Time: 8:00pm Admission: $18/$20 Address: 22 East 30th Street, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-219-2527

The Story of Ruth
A special performance of the Biblical story of Ruth for the residents of the Menorah Center.
Time: 2:30pm Address: 1516 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235 Venue phone: 1-718-646-4441, ext. 560

Gwan Yin, Chinese Goddess of Compassion
A presentation by Diane about Gwan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Compassion, featuring an extensive slide-show, as well as Gwan Yin’s songs and a tai ji dance honoring Gwan Yin.
Time: 7:00pm Admission: Free Address: 206 Sullivan Street, New York NY 10012 Venue phone: 1-212-505-8530

The Magic Orange Tree & Other Haitian Folktales
Diane performs an afternoon of Haitian stories at 918 Bathurst as part of the 2010 Toronto Festival of Storytelling. Please e–mail admin@storytellingtoronto.org for more details. Time: 12:30pm Box office: 1-416-656-2445 Address: 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5 Venue phone: 1-416-538–0868

Journey to the West in Toronto
Diane Wolkstein and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene present their first Canadian performance of Journey to the West inside the Dovercourt Baptist Church, as part of the 2010 Toronto Festival of Storytelling. Please e–mail admin@storytellingtoronto.org for more details. Time: 7:00pm Box office: 1-416-656-2445 Address: 1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON

Because God Loves Stories: 
The Alec Gelcer Memorial Concert
Diane is one of the tellers at this special event inside the Toronto Reference Library, as part of the 2010 Toronto Festival of Storytelling. Please e–mail admin@storytellingtoronto.org for more details. Time: 8:30pm Box office: 1-416-656-2445 Address: 789 Yonge Street, Toronto ON

Journey to the West
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene perform their version of Journey to the West on the campus of National Chi Nan University. Please e–mail flal@mail.ntpu.edu.tw for more details. Time: 7:00pm Address: No.1, University Rd, Puli

Journey to the West
Diane and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene perform their version of Journey to the West at the San Shia Campus of National Taipei Univerity (College of Public Affairs, Room 119). Please e–mail flal@mail.ntpu.edu.tw for more details. Time: 1:00pm Address: 151, University Rd., San Zhi, Taipei, 237 Venue phone: 02-8674-6609

Stories of Compassion
 with Diane Wolkstein & Jeff Greene
Diane and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Greene in their first performance together in Taiwan, presenting stories from different cultures around the world including a telling of Journey to the West. Supertitled in Chinese. Contact buddhist@fgu.edu.tw for more details. Time: 3:30pm Address: No.160, Linwei Rd., Jiaosi, Yilan County 26247 Venue phone: +886-3-9871000 #27201-2

Collecting, Researching, and Performing 
Stories Around the World
A lecture on researching folktales throughout the world, with a special focus on Haitian, Chinese, and Hasidic stories.
Contact: Mr. Clarence J. Fu at +886-2-2388-7600 ext. 142 (voice) 
or +886-2-2388-7355 (fax).
Time: 6:00pm Address: No. 45, YánPíng South Rd, Jhongjheng District, Taipei City 10043

Slowly Waking

 An Evening of Stories and Music 
with Diane Wolkstein & Jeff Greene

A program of stories about different states of “awakening,” from the Australian Aborigine, South Indian, Chasidic, and Buddhist traditions. Contact orchardhousecafe@gmail.com for details. Time: 7:30pm Admission: $15 Address: 1064 1st Avenue, New York NY 10022 Venue phone: 1-212-371-1170

Journey to the West:
A New York Mythology Group Discussion

The second of two evening discussions on the Chinese epic.
Time: 7:30pm Address: 857 Lexington Avenue, New York NY

Look Toward “The Future” 
with the Editors of Parabola
Join Diane, singer/songwriter Phil Robinson, Jeff Zaleski, Bob Doto, Tracy Cochran, and other editors and friends of Parabola, in exploring the theme of “The Future” (the theme of the Winter 2009 issue). Please e–mail orchardhousecafe@gmail.com for more details. Time: 7:00pm Admission: $15 Box office: 1-212-371-1170 Address: 1064 1st Avenue, New York NY 10022 Venue phone: 1-212-371-1170

Stories at Scandinavia House: The Vinlander Saga
Diane and multi–instrumentalist/composer Jeff Greene (on the nycklharpa, a keyed violin from Sweden) in a performance of the Vinlander Saga for families.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Tales for Our Time:
The Magic Orange Tree & Other Haitian Folktales

Diane tells stories of grit and survival, wisdom and humor from one of the world’s great living oral traditions. Collected on her many trips to Haiti, these wise and witty stories for all ages reveal a culture dealing with the nitty and the gritty of life and teach us how to survive and thrive in a very tricky world.
 Please e–mail ed.theatre@nyu.edu for more information. Time: 3:00pm Address: 35 West 4th Street, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-998-5867

Journey to the West: Work in Progress
Anita Ratnam & Diane Wolkstein

Internationally celebrated storyteller and author Diane Wolkstein and the great dance/actor of India, Anita Ratnam in a special performance of Journey to the West. Directed by Richard Armstrong. Second of two performances, with discussion to follow.
Time: 8:00pm Admission: $10 ($5 for students) Box office: 1-718-482-7200 Address: 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY Venue phone: 1-718-482-7200

Journey to the West: Work in Progress
Anita Ratnam & Diane Wolkstein

Internationally celebrated storyteller and author Diane Wolkstein and the great dance/actor of India, Anita Ratnam in a special performance of Journey to the West. Directed by Richard Armstrong. First of two performances, with discussion to follow.
Time: 8:00pm Admission: $10 ($5 for students) Box office: 1-718-482-7200 Address: 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY Venue phone: 1-718-482-7200

Monkey King Epic for Families
Diane and musician Jeff Greene perform a special version of Journey to the West for families.
Time: 2:00pm Address: 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, NY Venue phone: 1-718-661-1200

Journey to the West:
A New York Mythology Group Discussion

A special evening discussion of the Chinese epic with members of the New York Mythology Group, including a screening of the short film Journey East: In Search of Monkey King. Time: 7:30pm Address: 857 Lexington Avenue, New York NY

Step on “The Path” with the Editors of Parabola
Diane Wolkstein, novelist Gioia Timpanelli, author Roger Lipsey, Jeff Zaleski, Bob Doto, Tracy Cochran, and other editors and friends of Parabola in an evening of stories and music exploring “The Path” (the theme of the Fall 2009 issue). Please e–mail orchardhousecafe@gmail.com for more details. Time: 7:00pm Admission: $15 Address: 1064 1st Avenue, New York NY 10022 Venue phone: 1-212-371-1170

Sacred Stories from Around the World
Diane presents an evening of stories from various religious traditions and backgrounds.
Time: 7:30pm Address: 201 East Market Street, Johnson City TN Venue phone: 1-423-461-8076, extension 202

Sacred Stories Workshop
An four–day exploration of both content and technique in the telling of sacred tales from many traditions (Biblical, Christian, Buddhist, Taoist, Hasidic, tribal, and Sufi e.g.). Please e–mail sobol@etsu.edu for more details. Address: 807 University Parkway, Johnson City, TN Venue phone: 1-423-439-7863

Sunflower Story Arts Festival
Diane tells the Monkey King Epic (Journey to the West) as part of the inaugural Sunflower Story Arts Festival in Mt. Kisco, which will also feature Laura Simms, Regina Ress, and Ron Sopyla.
Address: Mt. Kisco NY Venue phone: 1-914-248–0880

Dive into “Water” with the Editors of Parabola
Diane Wolkstein, David Rothenberg, singer, Therese Folks Plair, Jeff Zaleski, Bob Doto, Tracy Cochran, and other editors and friends of Parabola Magazine in an evening of stories, whale and water music relating to “Water” (the theme of the Summer 2009 issue of Parabola). Please e–mail orchardhousecafe@gmail.com for more information. Time: 7:00pm Admission: $15 Address: 1064 1st Avenue, New York NY 10022 Venue phone: 1-212-371-1170

Monkey King — Journey to the West
Diane Wolkstein and composer/performer Geoffrey Gordon present seven chapters of Journey to the West, followed by a kirtan (community singing). A portion of the proceeds will go to support Tibetan refugees.

Time: 7:30pm Address: 400 West Pennway, Kansas City, MO Venue phone: 1-816-471-7073

Inanna
Diane Wolkstein with Geoffrey Gordon

Diane and multi–instrumentalist/composer Geoffrey Gordon bring the 4,000 year old epic of Inanna (the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, and the Morning Star) to Kansas City. Please contact: James Mayfield Smith at 1–816–645–2600 
or e–mail jamesmayfieldsmith@gmail.com
 for more details. Sponsored by Kansas City Friends of Jung. Time: 7:00pm Address: 4501 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO Venue phone: 1-816-531-2131

Journey to the West for Families
Diane tells the Monkey King Epic at the Countee Cullen Library. Please e–mail countee_cullen@nypl.org for more details. Time: 3:00pm Address: 104 West 136th Street, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-491-2070

Journey to the West for Families
Diane tells the Monkey King Epic at the Parkchester Library. Please e–mail parkchester@nypl.org for more details. Time: 3:30pm Address: 1985 Westchester Avenue, Bronx NY Venue phone: 1-718-829-7830

Monkey King Marathon — Journey to the West
Diane Wolkstein has drawn the map and assembled a honorable group of twenty–seven tellers to journey with the Monkey King in a three–day marathon telling of Journey to the West.
Address: 38 Second Avenue, New York NY

Storytelling Workshop: Telling the Story from the Body
We are investigating the story from the body. We will be concentrating on the stories from Journey to the West, but all are free to bring in other stories you are working on — or simple enjoy listening to stories. Please e–mail wolkstein.publicity@gmail.com for more details. Time: 10:00am

Stories of Hans Christian Andersen
Diane presents a midday program of Andersen stories for families, suitable for children of ages 5 and up.
Time: 11:30am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Journey to the West for Families
Diane tells the Monkey King Epic at the Chatham Square Library. Please e–mail chatham_square@nypl.org for more details. Time: 4:00pm Box office: 212-964-6598 Address: 33 East Broadway, New York NY

The Story of Purim
Diane tells the story of Purim — the story of Esther, a young Jewish orphan who is chosen to be queen by the King of Persia. Please e–mail alana.shultz@shearithisrael.org
 for more details. Time: 7:00pm Address: 8 West 70th Street, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-873-0300

Stories for the Fertile Goddess
Diane tells excerpts from Inanna, Ruth, and Judith, to accompany artist Judy Chicago’s depiction of The Fertile Goddess at The Dinner Party (as part of Women’s History Month). A Target First Saturdays Event.
Time: 6:00pm Box office: 718-638-5000 Address: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY Venue phone: 1-718-638-5000

Journey to the West for Families
Diane tells the Monkey King Epic at the NYPL Sedgwick Branch Library. Please e–mail sedgwick@nypl.org for more details. Time: 4:00pm Address: 1701 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Bronx NY Venue phone: 1-718-731-2074

Storytelling Workshop: Telling the Story from the Body
We are investigating the story from the body. We will be concentrating on the stories from Journey to the West, but all are free to bring in other stories you are working on — or simple enjoy listening to stories. Please e–mail wolkstein.publicity@gmail.com for more details. Time: 10:00am

Storytelling Workshop with Diane Wolkstein
Please e–mail cneile@sau.edu for more details.
Time: 10:00am

A Taste of Love: A Valentine’s Day Special
A special day of stories and exquisite food, part of the series “A Cultural Feast: A Deliciously Different Performance Event.” Sponsored by the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters 
at Florida Atlantic University.
Time: 12:30pm Address: 300 South Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL Venue phone: 1-561-347-3948

Diane Wolkstein at Palm Beach County Storytelling Guild
During this special evening, Diane will talk about the art of storytelling and tell stories from different cultures. Please e–mail mzmirtha@aol.com for more details. Time: 7:00pm Address: 142 SW 5th Avenue, Delray FL

Storytelling Workshop: Telling the Story from the Body
We are investigating the story from the body. We will be concentrating on the stories from Journey to the West, but all are free to bring in other stories you are working on — or simple enjoy listening to stories. Please e–mail wolkstein.publicity@gmail.com for more details. Time: 10:00am

Stories of Light
for the Open Center’s Members’ Winter Holiday Soirée

Diane will be telling special stories by candlelight at this annual event.
Time: 8:30pm Box office: 212-219-2527, ext. 101 Address: 83 Spring Street, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-219-2527, ext. 101

Monkey King: Journey to the West
Diane performs her version of the Monkey King Epic for families as part of the Performance Project @ University Settlement. Please e–mail project.audience@gmail.com for more details. Time: 3:00pm Address: 184 Eldridge Street, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-453-4532

One Upon a Time: A Special Artists’ Evening
Please e–mail ise@iseny.org for more details. Time: 6:00pm Box office: 212-925-1964 Address: 555 Broadway, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-925-1964

Monkey King: Journey to the West
Family Day — Journeys Through Story Telling

Diane will tell the first part of the Monkey King Epic as part of the Family Day activities at the Asia Society‘s Museum (Auditorium & 8th Floor). Time: 1:30pm Box office: 212-517-ASIA Address: 725 Park Avenue, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-517-ASIA

The Forest Storytelling Festival 2008
Diane is one of the featured performers at the Forest Storytelling Festival, along with Donald Davis, Gay Dulcey, Anne–Louise Sterry, Alton Chung, and Elain Grinnell.
Address: 1502 East Lauridsen Boulevard, Port Angeles, WA

Journey to the West
Diane performs her version of Journey to the West at the home of Naomi Baituck and Thom Garrard. Time: 7:00pm Box office: 425-776-1175

A Storytelling Workshop for Story Lovers
Diane will lead a special workshop sponsored by the Seattle Storytellers Guild.
Time: 1:00pm Box office: 425-776-1175 Address: 12579 Densmore Ave. North, Seattle WA

Storytelling in Central Park
Bring your skip ropes and join Diane for Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep by Eleanor Farjeon. Stay for the skipping contest that will follow the stories!
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

CelebrateStory 2008
A full day of story for families, featuring Bill Harley, Joan Henry, Len Cabral, Elizabeth Ellis, Diane Wolkstein, Olivier Bernier, Melissa Heckler, and James Braley.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Storytelling Workshop: The Gift
Please e–mail storytellingnyc@gmail.com for more details. Time: 1:30pm

Stories of the Spirits
A midday program of stories for familes at Teardrop Park in Battery Park City. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Box office: 212-276-9700 Address: Warren Street & River Terrace, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-276-9700

Storytelling Workshop: Birth
Please e–mail storytellingnyc@gmail.com for more details. Time: 1:30pm

Inanna
Diane Wolkstein & Geoffrey Gordon

Diane and composer/multi–instrumentalist Geoffrey Gordon perform the 4,000 year old epic of Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of love and fertility. Discussion to follow.
Time: 7:00pm Box office: 212-219-2527 Address: 83 Spring Street, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-219-2527, ext. 101

Diane Wolkstein: A Storyteller’s Story
The 37–minute film about Diane and her first forty years as a storyteller screens as part of the Women’s International Film & Art Festival. Time: 9:00pm Box office: 305-653-9700 Address: 3138 Commodore Plaza, Miami FL

Diane Wolkstein: A Storyteller’s Story
The 37–minute film about Diane and her first forty years as a storyteller screens as part of the Women’s International Film & Art Festival. Time: 8:00pm Box office: 305-653-9700 Address: 3138 Commodore Plaza, Miami FL

Stories of Hans Christian Andersen
Diane performs a hour of Andersen stories for families at Scandinavia House. Please e–mail hca@amscan.org for more details. Time: 11:30am Admission: Free Box office: 212-879-9779 Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Storytelling Workshop with Diane Wolkstein
Please e–mail storytellingnyc@gmail.com for more details. Time: 1:00pm

Stories from Haiti
Diane performs a program of Haitian stories for the students at St. Margaret Elementary School. Second performance at 1:00 p.m.
Time: 11:00am Address: 205 Hickory Avenue, Bel Air MD Venue phone: 1-410-879-1113, ext. 133

Diane Wolkstein at Waldorf School
Diane performs for the students of the Waldorf School of Baltimore. Time: 1:00pm Address: 4801 Tamarind Road Baltimore, MD Venue phone: 1-410-367-6808

Keynote Speech by Diane Wolkstein
Diane speaks to the staff of the Early Childhood Center at Hostos Community College. Time: 10:00am Address: 475 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY

Storytelling Workshop with Diane Wolkstein
A workshop with Diane for everyone who loves stories, wants to hear more stories, or wants to learn to tell stories. Please e–mail storytellingnyc@gmail.com for more details. Time: 10:00am

Diane Wolkstein at Brooklyn College
Diane will be on the campus of Brooklyn College for a program on storytelling for children. Time: 6:30am Address: 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY Venue phone: 1-718-951-5000

A Joyous Benefit for the Libraries of New Orleans
The Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers — Diane Wolkstein, Therese Folkes–Plair, Melissa Heckler, and Ron Sopyla — join forces with musicans Paul Peress, David Kelly, Michael Campbell, and Charles Hipster for a gala benefit for the libraries of New Orleans and Cameron Parish. Please e–mail hca@amscan.org for more details. Time: 11:30am Box office: 212-879-9779 Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Stories from the Jewish Diaspora
Diane will join Oro Anahory–LIebowicz, klezmer musician Josh Dolgin, and host Dan Yashinsky for an explorartion of the richness of the Jewish oral tradition, as part of the 9th Québec Intercultural Storytelling Festival. This evening will honor Montréal storyteller Rosalyn Cohen.
Time: 7:30pm Box office: 514-272-4494 Address: 5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montréal, QC Venue phone: 1-514-345-2627

Diane Wolkstein: A Storyteller’s Story
Canadian Première

The 37–minute film about Diane and her first forty years as a storyteller will get its first screening inside Canada, followed by a discussion on the role of story in community, in the classroom, and in our personal lives. Please e–mail adll@musica.mcgill.ca for more details. Time: 7:00pm Box office: 514-340-8222 ext. 5243 Address: 4333 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine Montreal, QC

Certificate in Applied Mythology: The First Story
Diane and fellow storyteller David Gonzalez will present the myths of Inanna and Orpheus as the kick–off of the year–long course on Applied Mythology. Time: 8:00pm Address: 214 West 29th Street, 16th Floor, New York NY Venue phone: 1-212-736-0999

Storytelling in Central Park
Bring your skip ropes and join Diane and musicians Shirley Keller and Bruce Markow for “Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep” by Eleanor Farjeon. Stay for the skipping contest that will follow the stories!
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Storytelling Live! (Teller–in–Residence)
Diane will be the teller–in–residence for the week of July 10–14, with a special children’s concert on Saturday July 14th at 10:30 a.m.
Box office: 423-913-1276 Address: 116 West Main Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659 Venue phone: 1-423-753-2171

CelebrateStory 2007
A special day–long event with performances by Anita Ratnam, Dovie Thomason, Bill Gordh, Rafe Martin, Raouf Mama, Laura Simms, and others, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Diane’s storytelling career.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Storytelling in Central Park
Join Diane for the start of the 2007 story season at the Statue as she tells Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” and other stories.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Inanna Day at the Theosophical Society
Join Diane, Dr. Irving Finkel, Dr. Cass Dalglish, Melanie Reinhart, and others at the Theosophical Society in England for a special day meant for those touched by the epic of Inanna and who wish to share, discuss, and dwell together with the myth. Time: 2:00pm Address: 50 Gloucester Place, London

Inanna Live at the British Museum
A day and evening–long event at the British Museum, beginning with a Symposium on Inanna and the culture of the Ancient Near East, and concluding with a theatrical performance by Diane and musician Geoffrey Gordon of the 4,000 year old epic of the Sumerian goddess of Love, War, and Fertility. Time: 1:00pm Box office: 011 44 (0)20 7323 8299 Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG Venue phone: 011 44 (0)20 7323 8299

Diane Wolkstein at Camden Ceilidh Storytelling
A special preview of Diane’s special study day and performance of Inanna set for May 12th at the British Museum. Discussion to follow.
Time: 8:00pm Address: 99 Torriano Avenue, London NW5 1RZ

Reveillion Dansant
Benefit for the International School in Haiti

Diane will be part of this gala evening at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, to benefit the “Projet Connection” of École Internationale des Sciences Appliquées 
in Léogane, Haiti. Time: 9:00pm Box office: 718-768-2972 Address: 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn NY Venue phone: 1-718-768-2972

A Joyous Benefit for the Families of New Orleans
The Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers — Diane Wolkstein, Therese Folkes–Plair, Bill Gordh, Laura Simms, and Regina Ress — will join forces with musicians and story lovers for a day of compassionate stories for the whole family, in support of the Jefferson Parish Libraries in Louisiana. Please e–mail hca@amscan.org for more details. Time: 11:00am Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

An Evening of Jewish Story, History and Music
Diane will present an evening of stories which are part of the Jewish holiday circle, as well as tales from the Hasidic tradition. Klezmer music will be performed by Rebekah Wolkstein and Drew Jurecka.
Box office: 416-395-5535 Address: 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M2N 5N9 Venue phone: 1-416-395-5535

2006 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival
Diane will be the resident storyteller for this annual celebration of poetry, music, and story. Please e–mail festival@grdodge.org for more details. Box office: 973-540-8442, ext. 5 Address: Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ

Storytelling in Central Park
It’s the day of the Duckling’s Party! Bring your skip ropes and join Diane and musician Shirley Keller for “Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep” by Eleanor Farjeon. Stay for the skipping contest that will follow the stories!
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Beyond the Orange Tree: A Storytelling Workshop
Diane will be presenting the first workshop of the 2006 New Jersey Storytelling Guild season. Time: 7:30am Address: 176 Cooper Ave., Upper Montclair NJ

Storytelling in Central Park
Diane will be joined at the Andersen Statue by musicians Michael Braudy and Emiliano Valerio for an hour of Haitian stories including “Bouki Dances the Kokioko.”
Time: 11:00am Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Storytelling in Central Park
Join Diane for one hour of stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen, including the tale of “The Hunter and the Gazelle.”
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

1,001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Diane will be the featured teller on April 28th, for a Friday night tradition in Toronto since 1978. Presented by the Storytellers School of Toronto.
Time: 8:00pm Address: 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 1J5 Venue phone: 1-416-978-2510

The Passover Story
Diane will share some of the stories in her collection Treasures of the Heart — including a retelling of those stories reserved for Passover — and a few Hasidic tales she learned from her rabbi, Shlomo Carlebach. Time: 4:15pm Address: 7 Asa Drive, Bethlehem PA Venue phone: 1-610-758-3000

Storytelling Workshop
for Religious Leaders and Those with a Tale to Tell

A specialized workshop to be held inside the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center. Time: 5:30pm Address: 1161 Angelina, Austin TX Venue phone: 1-512-974-6700

Inanna Tea
with Diane Wolkstein & Jenni Roditi

An intimate gathering over tea and baked goods and a change to share with Diane and composer Jenni Roditi in depth about the Sumerian epic of Inanna.
Time: 4:00pm Address: 71 Crouch End Hill, London N8 8DF

Inanna Salon
A special evening with Diane telling excerpts from her version of the Sumerian epic of Inanna and composer/performer Jenni Roditi presenting extracts from her opera The Descent of Inanna. Traditional Kurdistan singer Nawroz Oramar will also perform. Time: 7:30pm Address: 71 Crouch End Hill, London N8 8DF

The Descent of Inanna
Diane will present a twenty–minute lecture on the Sumerian epic of Inanna prior to the performance of Marcia Burchard’s opera (itself based on Diane’s retelling of the myth). Discussion and book signing to follow. Please e–mail rochelle.shaw@dominican.edu for more details. Time: 2:00pm Box office: 415-482-3579 Address: 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael CA Venue phone: 1-415-482-3579

The Descent of Inanna
Diane will present a twenty–minute lecture on the Sumerian epic of Inanna prior to the performance of Marcia Burchard’s opera (itself based on Diane’s retelling of the myth). Discussion and book signing to follow. Please e–mail rochelle.shaw@dominican.edu for more details. Time: 8:00pm Box office: 415-482-3579 Address: 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael CA Venue phone: 1-415-482-3579

Stories Shlomo Told Me: Tales of Joy and Healing
Diane will be sharing some of the soul–healing stories she learned as a disciple of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, passing on his legacy of wisdom and inspiration. Please e–mail library@bjesf.org for more details. Time: 7:30pm Box office: 415-567-3327, ext. 704 Address: 639 14th Avenue, San Francisco CA Venue phone: 1-415-567-3327, ext. 704

Storytelling in Central Park
Bring your skip ropes and join Diane for “Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep” by Eleanor Farjeon. Stay for the skipping contest that will follow the stories!
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Celebrate Shavuot at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

As part of the MJH’s Shavuot celebration, Diane will tell the story of Ruth, a classic tale of loyalty and trust, and of the courageous princess best known for gemilut chasadim — acts of loving kindness. Please e–mail pubprog@mjhnyc.org for more details.
Time: 2:30pm Box office: 646-437-4202 Address: 36 Battery Place, New York NY Venue phone: 1-646-437-4202

Andersen for Adults
An evening of stories by Hans Christian Andersen, honoring the 200th Anniversary of his birth. Diane will be joined at the Donnell Library Center by musicians Michael Braudy and Emiliano Valerio.
Time: 6:00pm Address: 20 West 53rd Street, New York, NY

An Afternoon of Andersen Stories
Diane and musicians Michael Braudy & Emiliano Valerio come to the Donnell Library Center in midtown Manhattan to present an afternoon program of stories in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen.
Time: 3:00pm Address: 20 West 53rd Street, New York, NY

The Emperor’s New Clothes and Other Stories
Diane and musicians Michael Braudy and Emiliano Valerio present an hour of stories to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen. Please e–mail hca@amscan.org for more details. Time: 11:30am Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Story Tsunami at Provincetown Playhouse
One of a “wave” of storytelling concerts benefiting the victims of the December 26, 2004 earthquake and tsunami. The evening will feature Milbre Burch, Diane Wolkstein, Regi Carpenter, Mary Rachel Platt, Laura Simms, Regina Ress, musician Art Baron, and Buddhist monk Bhante Kundana (Sri Lanka). The photography of Nancy Rudolph will also be on display through the evening. Proceeds will go straight to CARE International and Mercy Corps.
Time: 8:00pm Address: 133 MacDougal Street, New York, NY Venue phone: 1-212-998-5424

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Passionate Conversations: Myth as Memoir
The fourth installment of Laura Simms’ Salon Series at the Story Loft is dedicated to looking at why and how to tell stories that heal in the aftermath of climate change disasters. The evening will be replete with a story and shared conversation about how spoken live stories — true and traditional — shared in difficult times illuminates and uncovers a vaster story of which we are a part. Please RSVP as seating will be limited.
Time: 7:00pm Admission: $15.00 Box office: 1-212-674-3479

Statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Central Park  


The Shadow
*New Teller at the Statue!* Andersen stories light and dark end the 2012 Season at the Statue, as Chris Potts tells “Hans Clodhopper” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and we welcome newcomer Marc Young with the cautionary tale of “The Shadow.”
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Duckling’s Party
We celebrate the Duckling with two wingéd Andersen stories: Rita Auerbach tells of “The Wild Swans,” and Rolf Stang brings us the tale of “The Ugly Duckling.”
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep
Join Diane Wolkstein and accompanist Shirley Keller for the belovéd Eleanor Farjeon story “Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep.” Bring your skip ropes for the Skipping Party which will follow the storytelling!
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Teapot
*New Teller at the Statue!* Join us in welcoming Lu Ann Adams to Central Park as she tells the Andersen story of “The Teapot.” LuAnn has shared stories in Egypt, Vietnam and Las Vegas as well as children and families in Ohio and Kentucky. She grew up in a small town in Minnesota (the oldest of 6 children) and the hustle and bustle and wonderful cacophony of New York City has always made her feel right at home. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Fire on the Mountain
*New Teller at the Statue!* Connie Regan–Blake, from North Carolina, comes to the Statue for the first time with her retelling of “Fire on the Mountain,” a tale from Ethiopia collected by Harold Courlander. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Small and Best
Ron Sopyla presents a solo program with the Puerto Rican tale, “Small and Best.”
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Fir Tree / Five Peas in a Pod
Two tales from the pen of H.C. Andersen at his Statue: “The Fir Tree,” as told by Katie Green, and “Five Peas in a Pod,” with Eileen Palley.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Hecuba / Theseus
Come on the wings of story to Ancient Greece, as Margaret Dawson introduces you to “Hecuba,” and Jack McKeon tells of “Theseus.”
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Top and the Ball / The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Join us for two Andersen stories with toys as the main characters: “The Top and the Ball,” told by Julie DellaTorre, and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” as told by Ken Setterington.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Princess and the Pea / The Chimney Sweep
Two Andersen tales at the Statue: Ben Wheeless will present the favorite “The Princess and the Pea,” and his mother Jeslyn Wheeless will tell the tale of “The Chimney Sweep.” Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Marsh King’s Daughter / Thumbelina
Laura J. Bobrow tells Andersen’s rarely–heard tale of “The Marsh King’s Daughter,” and Jean Hale offers the classic “Thumbelina.”
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Tam Lin / Atsumori
*New Teller at the Statue!* Lucy Duncan comes to Central Park for the first time, with her version of the Scottish legend of “Tam Lin.” Also, Ellen Shapiro tells the Japanese tale of “Atsumori.” Lucy Duncan has worked with Quaker meetings in the last few years helping members to tell stories of spiritual experience. She believes stories reside in our bones, and that we uncover the stark, plain beauty of our lives by being brave enough to speak of what’s underneath. She is the author of the AFSC’s Acting in Faith blog. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Swineherd / The Nightingale
Come hear two classic H.C. Andersen tales at the Statue: “The Swineherd,” as told by Julie Pasqual, and “The Nightingale,” as told by Laura Simms.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Shining Woman
Therese Folkes–Plaire will tell the Mexican legend of the “Shining Woman.”
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Beautiful Elephant Girl / Philamandre
Melissa Heckler tells the Kalahari story of “The Beautiful Elephant Girl,” and Diane Wolkstein offers the Haitian story “Philamadre” (from The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales).
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Mermaid / Isis and Ra
Join us in Central Park as the students of Mary Ann Schmidt from P.S. 333 tell H.C. Andersen’s “The Mermaid,” followed by Regina Ress with the Egyptian story of “Isis and Ra.”
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Honoring Carol Lewis
Roslyn Bresnick–Perry, Peninnah Schram, Gerard Fierst, Ellen Shapiro, David Elyha, and Diane Wolkstein celebrate the legacy of Carol Lewis.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

The Flax / Monkey King
Diane Wolkstein will tell the H.C. Andersen story “The Flax” and a portion of the Chinese Monkey King Epic, assisted by multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: Hans Christian Andersen Statue, 74th Street near Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021

Scandinavia House  


The Kalevala: Stories from Finland and Beyond
Margaret Dawson and Ron Sopyla present a program of Finnish tales at Scandinavia House. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Classic Tales & Rare Gems from Hans Christian Andersen
Diane Wolkstein will perform an all–Andersen program for families at Scandinavia House. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Gudmund on the Hillside
Rolf Stang will tell “Gudmund on the Hillside” and other stories from Norway at Scandinavia House. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Stories from Sweden and Beyond
Rita Auerbach and Jean Hale will present a special program of Swedish stories (and more!) at Scandinavia House. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Gudrun of Laxdaela’s Saga
Chris Potts will tell “Gudrun of Laxdaela’s Saga” at Scandinavia House. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

The Night Troll
Julie Della Torre will tell “The Night Troll” and other stories for children as part of Scandinavia House‘s Stories from Iceland series. Time: 11:00am Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Vinlander Saga
Diane Wolkstein and multi–instrumentalist Jeff Greene (on the nyckelharpa) present the Vinlander Saga as part of Scandinavia House‘s Stories from Iceland series. Time: 11:00am Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

The Tail of the Magic Cow
Bill Gordh will tell “The Tail of the Magic Cow” and other stories for children as part of Scandinavia House‘s Stories from Iceland series. Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Secrets from the Forests of Scandinavia
Donna Jacobs Sife — a published writer, award–winning storyteller, and well known peace–worker from Australia, will tell stories set in and around the forests of Scandinavia.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Stories from Norway
Ellen Shapiro will tell stories from Norway.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Stories from Scandinavia
Kristin Pedermonti and Rolf Stang will tell stories from Scandinvia.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Love Stories
Regina Ress will tell love stories from Scandinavia .
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Stories from Sweden
Rita Auerbach will tell stories from Sweden and other Scandinavian countries.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Holiday Stories
Julie Pasqual will regale all with holiday stories from Scandinavia.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

Stories from Norway
With song and banjo, Bill Gordh presents stories from Norway and other Scandinavian countries.
Time: 11:00am Admission: Free Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York NY 10016 Venue phone: 1-212-779-3587

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