Writer, storyteller, gender-jammer and raconteur S. Bear Bergman takes the stage with a mouthful of tender, teasing, complicated, challenging joyful words. Reading and performing from his extensive published work as well as new, unpublished pieces, Bear brings twenty-five years of performance training and a lifetime of storytelling experience to hir performances – fresh, funny, and incredibly engaging.
Bear is more than happy to curate performances around certain themes, to suit the needs of groups or communities. Commonly requested themes are family, pride, sex and sexuality, growing up different, and Judaism, but feel free to ask about any topic or topics that might fit your needs. Without specific direction, Bear will generally choose a mix of stories – some funny and some more thoughtful, some classics and some new work. Readings almost always include at least one piece of unpublished work, and sometimes more.
Come enjoy the snap and crackle of a live show – something that cannot be repeated, paused, or saved; performed only for the warm souls that show up.
Also available, upon request:
* Improv Storytime, where the audience asks for the story topic and Bear tells a fresh, unrehearsed story spun out of road snacks into gold.
* Q&A afterward, where after a short break Bear will answer questions about art, craft, identity, culture and the mix of them all.
* Post-performance talk with theatre or writing classes about the differences between writing for publication and writing for performance (and when it’s possible to bridge that distance).