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Adult Story Time: Hans My Hedgehog -- CANCELLED

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Ashby Village
1821 Catalina Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94707

(510) 204-9200
Educational-Cultural Event
Registration is not Required
No Fee OR (510) 204-9200

When: Tuesday, December 11, 2:00-3:00 pm

Where: Ashby Village, 1821 Catalina Ave., Berkeley

Open to: Members, volunteers, non-members

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Berkeley Public Library’s Adult Story Time returns with a Grimm tale!

“Hans My Hedgehog” is the first in our new series, “The Joy of Grim”. This cautionary tale, collected by the Brothers Grimm, is the story of a childless peasant who foolishly proclaims, “I will have a child, even if it is a hedgehog!” Surprise: a child is born, and it’s half hedgehog and half human. Rejected by his parents, Hans sets out to create a meaningful life, aided by his bagpipes.

Unlike previous productions Adult Story Time has brought to Ashby Village, this story is told in the oral tradition improvisational style, rather than the literary approach we’ve used for William Faulkner and Carson McCullers. It’s a lively and ever-changing theater piece, preceded by a live-action presentation of fantasy writer Neil Gaiman’s poem “Instructions”, which helps us travel from the mundane of here and now to the land of fairy tales.

Bio of troupe:

Berkeley Public Library’s Adult Story Time started in 2015, when two library employees with an interest in art, literature and theater decided to take storytelling for adults to a different level. Lisa Hesselgesser of the Reference Department (artistic direction) and Debbie Carton of Art & Music (stage direction) brought their skills and experience together to create a visually enhanced production of William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”, with changing backdrops, two kinds of puppets, props, and the assistance and participation of volunteer and percussionist Ben Sikora. The troupe then tackled a “Word for Word” production of Carson McCuller’s “A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud”, acting out every word of McCuller’s test, including the “he said”s and physical descriptions. While visiting a senior residence to present this story, the trio met another volunteer, Shereen Rahman, who brings to the troupe her experience as a child and teen radio actor in her native Bangladesh. Adult Story Time’s goal is to bring meaningful stories to adult audiences, while exploring the possibilities of different modes of presentations. Unique in the library world, we receive inquiries about out programrom colleagues in Minnesota, Montana, and recently, the United Kingdom. Our current work in process is an Inuit tale of survival in a harsh and changing climate, incorporating live percussion. If you- or anyone you know- have contact with Inuit peoples, please contact us!

Debbie Carton:

Lisa Hesselgesser: