BRUNSWICK – The Theater Project will host a benefit featuring Diane Wolkstein and Michael Parent with all proceeds going to the Romil Cineus Adoption Fund. The program, which begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, will include Haitian storytelling, songs, music and food.

Cineus is living in Brunswick with his host family while receiving medical treatment.

Wolkstein, a performer, author and scholar, has traveled throughout the world for 35 years, performing myths and folk tales. During the 1970s, she traveled to Haiti more than 20 times as she collected folk tales.

She also included the storytellers themselves in her collection, “The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folk Tales.”

In the 1980s, she collaborated with S.N. Kramer to create a scholarly and poetic rendition of “Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth,” the first written epic about a woman; it includes her courtship, descent into the underworld and rebirth.

Her latest book, “Treasures of the Heart: Holiday Stories that Reveal the Soul of Judaism,” weaves oral legend with Biblical text to present a new vision of Biblical stories.

Wolkstein has written 23 books for all ages. The co-founder of the New York City Storytelling Center and winner of a National Storytelling Award for Excellence, her storytelling in Central Park is legendary, according to the Theater Project. In addition to writing and performing, she began the storytelling program at the Bank Street College of Education. She also has taught mythology at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, the New School and Pacifica Graduate School.

Parent, a nationally renowned storyteller, will join her. He is the co-author of “Of Kings and Fools,” a collection of Franco-American tales. His stories, many rooted in the Franco-American tradition, have been reprinted in anthologies.

The performance will be followed by a social hour with desserts, Haitian music, dancing and raffles.

For more information on this event, people can call Tracey Peck-Moad at (207) 837-0499 (days) or (207) 729-5632 (evenings).

Tickets are available by calling (207) 729-5632 at a suggested donation of $25.


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