Storytelling is an entertaining and important part of life. It's used to build personal connections and pass along information between generations. Penelope Starr, founder of Odyssey Storytelling, takes this pastime one step further.
Inspired by a similar show in San Francisco, Starr brought the live storytelling format to Tucson in 2004. Starr said she was intrigued by the interaction and discussion created between audience and storyteller.
"It was a two way street. The storytellers and the audience both got benefits," Starr said. "What really clenched it for me was during the intermission, when the audience members started talking to each other and sharing stories that were from their lives that were spurred on by what they had heard."
Shannon Snapp is one of the producers for Odyssey Storytelling, who helps prepare storytellers for performance night.
"I've never seen a storyteller walk away and think, 'Oh, I wish I didn't do that.' Instead, most people are really feeling affirmed and feel like they were heard," Snapp said. "I think there's a craving for that in our society. To have your story be told and have others see you and to know you a little deeper."
Odyssey produces monthly performances which feature six community storytellers telling 10-minute personal stories based on a theme.
In this sample of a monologue from Odyssey Storytelling, Sarah K. Smith shares a story about receiving help from a stranger in a time of family crisis: