Jessica Robinson, Better Said Than Done founder, and creator of Women’s Storytelling Festival.
Photo courtesy of Better Said Than Done
Artful live storytelling is flourishing with Better Said Than Done’s upcoming Women’s Storytelling Festival. The first of its kind, the two-day festival will feature storytellers performing a range of true, folk, and historical stories. Each storyteller will be solo on stage.
“Storytelling is a performance, an art, a form of entertainment, and, from our mouths,” said Jessica Robinson, founder of Better Said Than Done and creator of the special 2-day Festival. Fairfax’s Robinson has gathered together nearly two dozen women storytellers who will perform stories not just meant for women.
“We put together an amazing show with some of the best storytellers in the country,” said Robinson. “I think that the beauty of storytelling is that it is inclusive. By having women only performers, we are in no way saying we should have an all-female audience.
“The whole point of this festival is to give voice to women, but the stories we will be sharing are for everyone's ears. I would say to men and women alike, come to the festival. Laugh, cry, learn and listen to an amazing cast of storytellers sharing fascinating stories of all aspects of life,” added Robinson.
“The audience should leave thinking they've experienced a great festival, heard some wonderful stories, and spent two days in Fairfax having a fantastic show going experience,” said Robinson. “There is no hidden agenda. We're not trying to take a stance or make any particular point. This is a storytelling festival. The audience will be entertained.”
Giselle Ruzany (Falls Church) will be one of the Festival’s emcees. “I think stories from women are stories of being daughters, being sisters, being mothers, being girlfriends, being wives, being tomboys, being pioneers, being courageous, being rebellious, being lost, and being found. Stories of women are stories of wonder, as we are all wonder women when it comes to storytelling.”
Audiences can expect stories that have been crafted for a spoken word performance; and with distinct ways of looking at culture and personal matters.
“The City of Fairfax is so excited to host the Women’s Storytelling Festival. Through sharing stories, we learn more about ourselves, our differences and similarities,” said Megan DuBois, Cultural Arts Manager, City of Fairfax.
Where and When
Better Said Than Done presents the Women’s Storytelling Festival. Event at The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. Event on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. Note: The story’s content is not geared for those under 12 years old. Early Bird ticket pricing for the Women’s Storytelling Festival: For Friday, March 13 tickets are $20. For Saturday, March 14, 2020 tickets are $50. For those attending both Friday and Saturday, tickets are $60. Ticket prices will increase after Feb. 28, 2020. For detailed information about The Festival and tickets, go to www.bettersaidthandone.com.