Perspective is molded by the principles of The Moth’s events and programs. Everyone has a story and everyone is worthy of having their stories heard. Perspective proposes to provide a platform for novice and professional local storytellers to share their experiences in an intimate venue solely committed to personal storytelling, stories with a beginning, middle, and end revealing how this experience impacted them. Ultimately, not only will it engage and invite a broader artistic community, Perspective is intended to narrow the canyon that divides and offer another perspective.
In first-person, the storyteller will freely interpret themes given each season. The inaugural event for Perspective is entitled, Phoenix. Catered to adult audiences, Phoenix, will be stories revolving around rebirthing, rising, and conquering challenges. They are success stories, and interpretation for each theme will be loosely interpreted from the teller’s perspective.
The event will be on the Ground Floor on Riverviews Artspace in the Rosel H. Schewel Theater at 7pm on September 23rd. Admission is $7 at the door, cash bar will be available during the event.
Our storytellers for the evening will be Elizabeth Becker, Larry Bassett, Farley Dickey, Jenny Haynes and Royal Shiree. See below for the bios of each storyteller.
Elizabeth Becker is a Lynchburg native. She is a graduate of EC Glass High School and the University of Richmond. She has been working for nonprofit organizations for nearly 20 years mainly as a fundraiser, and is finding her place in arts and entertainment. She and her husband enjoy camping and traveling with their two pitbulls. They also live with a cat, who rules the roost. Becker is a member of First Unitarian Church and a lifelong Democrat. Her family has been in Central Virginia since the 1700s. Sic Semper Tyrannis.
A product of the postwar baby boom, Larry Bassett lived the first 30-some years of his life in southeastern Michigan. He tried Virginia for a while, then moved back north to Long Island, NY, Western Massachusetts, and metro D.C. before Riverviews Artspace drew him to Lynchburg 14 years ago. After several wives and more than several jobs, he found himself single and retired. As befitting a man of 70, he has children and grandchildren, some of whom occasionally worry about his sanity. He left his parents’ ashes in Michigan sharing the same plot. He was briefly a millionaire when his dad died in 2016, but quickly re-distributed the money to relatives and loved ones, and many good causes near and far. For the past decade, he has been addicted to buying local art from the Lynchburg art community and was recently honored to have his local art collection displayed in the Craddock Terry Gallery of Riverviews Artspace. Since both of his parents lived until their 90s, Bassett expects to have many years to come. His goals of ending war, the death penalty, and enacting a guaranteed annual income will require some of his time and resources. And he might still occasionally see a work of art that he must buy!
Farley Dickey is a native Lynchburger and mother of three beautiful daughters: Khadijah, Zharinah, and Jessica. She has a BA in Sociology from Randolph Macon Woman’s College and is currently employed as a medical assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys performing and has worked with Royal Shiree and JLP Productions. She believes in edifying her community through the arts and this is part of her way of giving back.
Jenny Haynes is a British American comedian, hypnotherapist, and spiritual consultant based in Lynchburg, VA. As well as being a Reiki Master Teacher, she is the founder of a completely new system of energy healing called Verbatim Healing. Haynes utilizes both hypnosis and Verbatim Healing to assist people in finding their spiritual promise and premise in this lifetime. Her approach is friendly and good humored – some would say irreverent. In her spare time she performs stand-up comedy, including her specialty genre, Spoken Songs. Haynes is a story-teller and author of several books, including Metaphysical Voyages: A Selection of Stories for the Spiritually Inclined; The Adventures of Thelma the Uncivil Servant, and Verbatim Healing Guidelines. You can see Haynes perform her signature spiritual story, The Stone Man, on her YouTube channel “Destress America.” Or you can watch videos of her puppy, Derry the Wonder Dog. It’s a free country. Find out more about Jenny at www.jennyhaynes.com
Playwright/solo performer, Shirée has been produced by Lynchburg College, Randolph College, Waterworks Players Theatre, Leading Ladies NY, Downtown Urban Theater Festival NY, Live Arts Charlottesville, and a professional reading by Virginia Playwrights and Screenwriters Initiative. Her solo show, Clippings, has been performed throughout Virginia and in New York. MOJOAA Performing Arts Company performed her piece, Victory, in “Reclamation, ‘Female Voices of Color'”. Her ten-minute plays have been produced coast-to- coast. She is a former Storyteller/Education Consultant at Avoca Museum. Shirée is currently collaborating on a fictional historical play funded by the Cultural Alliance of Western CT, through a grant given by the State of Connecticut and the National Endowment of the Arts. She’s been commissioned by AGAR for Big Read of the NEA partnering with Arts Midwest. Her documentary, The Caregiver: Disturbing Images of Your Future, impacted legislation for caregivers. She’s been nominated for the James River Council Arts and Humanities’, Celebrate Diversity: Black Artists in Lynchburg. Shirée is a board member and producer for Riverviews Artspace. She earned a hybrid English M.A. in Scholarship and Creative Writing from Lynchburg College 2012 and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hollins University 2013; she is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild, The Playwrights’ Center, ATHE, and a Fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Find out more about Royal Shiree at royalshiree.com