Children of Richard, Rhoda,
What Others Say:
“I would like to thank you for your excellent performance last week featuring the story Children of Richard, Rhoda, and God. Seldom have I observed our students to be so engaged. One could have heard a pin drop.” and “It was fascinating the way you portrayed the young female and male characters. You truly captured the essence of those two young people, not to mention their mannerisms. Great! And it was intriguing the way you ‘switched scenes’ back and forth from one character to the other.”
Dr. Sonny Burnette, Director, Foust Artist Series
Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
“A witty and thoughtful story of love and faith, with two teenagers separated by their family’s religious traditions. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, always insightful, Mary’s work is a treasure chest of American life in a simpler time.” and “She makes it easy to laugh with a lump in your throat.”
Ed Stivender, Storyteller, Author, Raised Catholic, Can You Tell?
“…even if I wanted to think about something else, I couldn’t because my ears just stuck to the sound of your voice!”
Kathy Little, Sophomore, Hancock County High School. Lewisport, KY
“The performance was referred to and spoken of for months and months afterwards. I heard ‘Everything exceeded my expectations,’ including the content and the surprises about the way she transformed herself into the characters. Another reported, ‘I didn’t expect her to sing in that lovely voice.’”
Martha McLeod, Church Services Committee Member
St. John’s Unitarian Church, Cincinnati, OH
Descriptions for Program Notes and Press Releases
Here are descriptions of varying lengths for your use.
Description 1: (26 words)
In 1969, two Kentucky teens – one Roman Catholic, the other Southern Baptist – began to date. Mary Hamilton relates the inevitable cultural clash with heart and humor.
Description 2: (104 words)
We often think we understand what’s going on, but do we? Follow the dating adventures of two Kentucky teens in this true story based on both autobiography and oral history and told by Mary Hamilton. Both teens are growing up in farm families with lots in common, but she’s Roman Catholic and he’s Southern Baptist. As they attempt to date, misinterpretations – humorous, heart-rending, and thought provoking -- abound. As talk of the need for increased understanding between the world’s nations, cultures, races, and religions swirls around us, “Children of Richard, Rhoda, and God” helps us acknowledge the challenges of true understanding close to home.
Description 3: (76 words)
Relive the dating adventures of two Kentucky teenagers with storyteller Mary Hamilton in Children of Richard, Rhoda, and God – a combination of autobiography and oral history. It’s 1969. The teens are both oldest children, both growing up in farming families, both honor students at the same high school, both . . . they seem to have everything in common . . . except religion. She’s Roman Catholic; he’s Southern Baptist. Misinterpretations, both humorous and heart-rending abound!
Hmm, so you’ve read the descriptions, but you’re not familiar with storytelling one-woman shows, and you want to know more about what your audience will experience? Read on!
Mary is a storyteller, so she will talk directly to your audience – there is not an ever-present theatrical fourth wall.
She will portray three main characters: herself now, herself at seventeen and her boyfriend Bill at seventeen. Both seventeen year olds live in rural Kentucky during the 1969-70 school year. The contemporary Mary’s life is more far-ranging in time and place.
All three main characters tell stories, so they also speak directly to your audience. Using only her body and voice, Mary quickly moves from character to character as each tells his/her versions of events.
When each of the three main characters tell their stories, they also talk about other characters, and Mary ever so briefly shows you those people too – all sixteen of them! Without a single costume or lighting change!
She will use one prop, her high school yearbook. After all, since the 17 year old Mary is convinced Bill ruined her yearbook, she will want to show you the evidence.
Your audience will hear about first dates, little brothers, pageants, church visits, the Ten Commandments, Bible stories, the senior prom, yearbooks, Jesus, missionaries, and more.
Funny? At times. Heart-rending? At times. Thought-provoking? At times. It’s a journey from misunderstanding to clarity.
[Want to use information from above in your press releases or program notes? Feel free.]
Performance Length: 80 minutes, plus intermission.
Mary travels light, so her technical needs are few:
1. A microphone on a pole or gooseneck stand (or clip on if you believe this give the best sound in your venue)
2. A space (approximately four feet deep and six feet wide is enough) to perform from.
3. A raised platform (same size as performance space) if site lines for your audience would be helped by Mary working from a platform.
4. Some additional lighting on Mary, if you have this ability.
5. Some lighting in the audience, if possible, so Mary can see facial expressions. [In storytelling, the teller really does pay attention to the audience and talk to them. The traditional theatrical 4th wall is not ever-present.]
6. A bottle or glass of room temperature water and a small table or stool for that water.
Mary will bring a music stand for her high school yearbook, her only prop.
Contact Mary for an all inclusive fee quote, based on your distance from her home in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Hamilton, Professional Storyteller
Springhill Road, Frankfort, KY 40601-9211