Laura Crawford’s father, Dr. Robert Popper, narrowly escaped death at the hands of the Nazis during the antisemitic pogrom known as Kristallnacht. The unbelievable journey that ensues is a globe-spanning journey of courage, luck, endurance and love. Crawford, who founded the world-renowned Centenary Suzuki School, was kind enough to share her father’s awe-inspiring journey at an All Y’all live storytelling event on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
Few All Y’all storytellers have ever seemed so comfortable in the spotlight as “Momma and Daddy” storyteller Dr. Jaya McSharma. Jaya had our sold-out audience in the palm of her hand from the moment that she stepped onstage, eliciting roars of laughter and more than a few tears. Her story takes us inside an Indian-American family on the cusp of gaining a new family member.
The seventh and eighth All Y’all live storytelling events, “Momma & Daddy,” will be the first-ever multi-night All Y’all event, March 11-12, 2016 at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. “Momma,” an evening of stories about moms, motherhood and more, will be held on Friday, March 11. “Daddy,” featuring stories from, to and about fathers and fatherhood, will be held on Saturday, March 12.
Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased here. Storytellers for the “Momma”-themed event on March 11 include Kathy Melancon, Angela Doe, Lido Villaseñor and more. Storytellers for the “Daddy”-themed event on March 12 include Will McGrew, Laura Crawford, Daniel Ukpabi, Luke McClung, Michael Chisum and more. There will be live musical interludes, vegetarian snacks at intermission prepared by Libby Patterson Smith of gogreenly and a cash bar serving wine and Great Raft Brewing products. Momma & Daddy” are presented in partnership with the wonderful folks at the Bossier Arts Council.
All Y’all live storytelling events feature true stories told live on stage without notes. Some stories may contain adult references or strong language. All Y’all events are recommended for mature audiences.