By David Steinberg

The launch is set for what storyteller-teacher Brian Herrera calls a story road show. Or another way to put it, writing through performance.

The show – “Boy Like That” – debuts in Albuquerque on Saturday, Oct. 26.

“It’s not like ‘I Was the Voice of Democracy,’ which was one story absorbed in a theatrical entertainment way,” Herrera said in a phone interview.

“‘Boy Like That’ is a collection of works in progress and older works, all arranged like a musician arranges a set.”

The stories are autobiographical, are in various stages of development and allow Herrera, the storyteller, to adapt them to a range of factors , including context, the season and maybe what’s going on in the world at the time.

The storytelling commences at 7:30 p.m. at the Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE. It’s a full evening – probably 70 minutes long.

“The Outpost is the first time I’m trying this out,” Herrera said.

“It’s a mode of writing, but writing through performance, performance anchoring the writing process. … Some pieces are scripted, some heavily structured and then I’ll be teasing some material from one of my next shows, ghost stories that my Grandma Tita told.”

What he called riffs on New Mexico folktales, maybe one evoking La Llorona but with Grandma Tita’s endings to the stories.

There’s comedy threaded throughout “Boy Like That,” and at least one story from his work-in-progress “Touch Tones,” which is for mature audiences, Herrera advised.

“All of the stories are guided by Grandma Tita,” he said.

Herrera is a graduate of Manzano High School, served as an assistant professor of theater at the University of New Mexico and is now an assistant professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Tickets for Herrera’s event Saturday at the Outpost are $15 general public and $10 for students and Outpost members in advance at the Outpost, by calling 268-0044 or at the door.

 

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