Doors at 7:00 pm; Show at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 Day of Show
“An uplifting story of how the human spirit triumphs in the face of all odds.” ~Broadway Baby
Moved by the silencing of the Kurdish language by Turkish laws, renowned American storyteller Diane Edgecomb embarks on a journey of intrigue and heart to record the last Kurdish storytellers. This is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of her travels through the remote mountains of Turkey and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and their stories with her.
“An epic story told with consummate skill”
About A Thousand Doorways
A Thousand Doorways is a solo performance in one act with a running time of one hour and twenty minutes. Based entirely on true events, A Thousand Doorways tells of the author’s journey to gather the folktales of the last Kurdish storytellers. A storyteller herself, the narrator is swept into a world of oppression and silenced voices where even the simplest cultural expression is forbidden. The resilience of the Kurds, their humor and heart in the face of every challenge, is revealed as the narrator finds her search has become a deep quest for a touchstone for her own work and an even deeper search for redemption. The piece is woven through with the magical Kurdish story “The Eggs of the Ancient Tree.” mirroring and challenging the author’s own journey.
“A storyteller in the grand tradition, Edgecomb is a virtuoso of the spoken word, an entire cast rolled into one.” —Publisher’s Weekly
About Diane Edgecomb Author/Storyteller
Author of A Fire in My Heart, the first collection of Kurdish folktales to be published in English, Diane Edgecomb is also one of America’s leading storytellers, winner of the only ORACLE award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast and five Storytelling World awards. Whether exploring folktales, ancient myths, original stories or personal tales, her beautifully articulated pieces and “embodied telling” bring the listener to the heart of the story. A featured teller on NPR and winner of a Year’s Best Performance award for her theater work in Boston, Diane’s storytelling has been seen at prestigious venues throughout the country and internationally for over twenty-five years including the National Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Center, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Passionate about the power of story and what it can do for our world, Diane keynotes and workshops often accompany her performances inspiring a renewed vision for our world as well as encouraging each person’s expressive and narrative abilities.
“Diane Edgecomb's performance of A Thousand Doorways is a tour de force in every way. The story of her adventures in the Kurdish region of Turkey is courageous and deeply evocative, by turns terrifying, hilarious, enchanting and poignant. Her delivery of this incredible story is impeccable, bringing to life every character she meets with vivid style. From her intrepid and entrepreneurial mountain guide, to the refugee boy who has lost his front teeth due to torture, to the feisty grandmother who spins magical ancient tales and then invites her to "skypee," every person is unforgettable. A Thousand Doorways will leave you irrevocably and powerfully changed.”
Genevieve Aichele, Artistic Director, New Hampshire Theatre Project