PC's Find Your Voice Festival to Include Hearthbreak and Laughter

An Evening That Will Break Your Heart—Then Mend It With Laughter

This year’s Peninsula College Find Your Voice Festival creative team has woven together monologues submitted for this year’s production to create a tapestry of revelation, tears, and laughter. Set at a wake in 1994 at a San Francisco North Beach bar, I Never Told Anyone (But I’m Going to Tell You), opens March 17 at Studio Bob in downtown Port Angeles.

“Ask writers to tell a story they never told anyone (but they’ll tell you),” says this year’s Creative Director, Karen Hogan, “set the storytelling at a not-very-ordinary wake for a most unusual person, and you get an evening of stories that will break your heart, then mend it with laughter.”

Under the artistic direction of Dr. Lara Starcevich, drama department head, the PC Find Your Voice Festival has evolved into a dynamic event that gives current and former students, as well as community members, the opportunity to take the words of the writer from page to stage.

Out of the 42 submissions, the creative team narrowed the field to the 15 that will be performed at Studio Bob. The emphasis this year has been on collaboration between the writer, director and actor. Marissa Lee Ann Wilson, director of the monologue “Dear 15-Year-Old-Self,” and her actor, Tia Stephens, met over dinner with the author, Tasha Burch.

“This monologue speaks to me. Learning the backstory to Tasha’s piece, discovering how she came to tell the story, gave me the opportunity to develop a richer, deeper performance,” says Stephens. “I know it helped Tasha find her voice. It helped me find mine as well.”

Wilson and Stephens are both former students at Peninsula College. One of this year’s writers (“The First Song”), student Darryl Hayes, found the experience particularly liberating. “The very name of the festival, Find Your Voice, gave me courage to speak out loud. I'm prepared to dance a dance that gets others moving as this wave of enchantment gives way to freedom.”

The Festival introduces another level of collaboration this year with the addition of live music. Sequim resident Tom Darter is providing improvised piano music behind the monologues. Darter, a composer, has played on Jerry Goldsmith film scores and arranged and adapted all the material on the Kronos Quartet albums Monk Suite and Music of Bill Evans.

“When someone sees another person’s story, they recognize the courage it takes to tell it. it inspires more bravery and more until soon we are all growing and changing from the life wisdom embedded in the stories we tell each other around the campfire, the water cooler, or the performance hall,” says Starcevich. “It’s what the Find Your Voice Festival is about.”

I Never Told Anyone (But I’m Going to Tell You) will be performed at Studio Bob, 118 ½ E. Front St., Fridays and Saturdays from March 17 to April 1 at 6:30PM. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.00. A $5.00 preview will be performed on March 16.

Follow the production from page to stage on Facebook: https://goo.gl/uYQQ2C.

For more information contact Lara Starcevich at LStarcevich@pencol.edu .