Island Stories!


Coordinator: Grisha Krivchenia

Thursday-Saturday, September 12-14 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 15 2:00 pm
Gubelman Theatre
All tickets $17
This September, the third year of Up Close performances will go up in the Gubelman Rooom at San Juan Community Theatre.  Up Close is a collaborative project that enlists local songwriters, poets, and playwrights to write original music, poetry, and monologues with Island elders.  The project is a means of creating more intergenerational connections and more connection in general, in our Island community.  Up Close connects audiences with deeply personal, and universal, stories of love, laughter, and loss.  
Grisha Krivchenia started Up Close in 2016, modeling the program on Lifesongs, a similar initiative that hired him to write original music with hospice patients in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Grisha and Bobby Ryan mounted the first production in three shows at the Gubelman Room in September 2017.  Those shows sold out, and Up Close has become a yearly event at SJCT. 
This year, Up Close welcomes the return of Orcas Island singer, Stormy Hildreth. Darvis Taylor will also return for his third year, performing guitar, bass, and backup vocals. The program also includes projection of portraits by Seattle-based artist Aleah Chapin.
Buying tickets in advance is strongly encouraged. Up Close performances are often sold-out or standing-room-only. 

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Stormy Hildreth, Up Close lead vocalistStormy Pic 1 cropped