Therapeutic Storyteller Returns to Perform

Posted: December 6, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Professional storyteller Susan Gordon returns to George Mason to tell stories about ghosts and fairies on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The stories, suited for an adult audience, include a southern Appalachian version of the Irish tale Mary Culhane; Shudder and Shake, from the Brothers Grimm tales; and a story about a young girl who was taught to jump rope by the fairies on Mt. Caburn. The event is not recommended for young children.

Gordon performs from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Assembly Room G. The free event is sponsored by the Office of University Life, the Department of English, and the Storytellers Club.

Gordon is a professional storyteller from Maryland and does much of her work in therapeutic settings. She has designed storytelling programs and related activities for such groups as the elderly, emotionally handicapped children, women jail inmates, adolescent boys in residential treatment centers, and survivors and perpetrators of sexual abuse.

She currently leads several groups of storytelling for women exploring their life journeys, and she tells stories to terminally ill children as part of Georgetown Hospital’s children’s program. A performer of national stature, she recently has told her tales at American University and the Washington Storytellers Theater. Gordon earned a master of arts degree in therapeutic storytelling from Antioch College.

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