In connection with its current exhibition An Eye to the East: The Inspiration of Japan, the Greenwich Historical Society's fall Story Barn will revolve around the theme "Lost in Translation," featuring stories based on the concept that even our simplest attempts at communications can sometimes go awry. This event is taking place on November 17; doors open at 7 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.
One of the Historical Society's most popular programs, Story Barn offers an evening of true personal stories served up in a cabaret-like setting without benefit of notes or screens. Emceed by Moth story coach, Nantucket Comedy Festival cofounder and comedienne Bonnie Levison, the progam offers fun, thought-provoking entertainment that puts a decidedly contemporary spin on oral history.
Like life, storytellers offer up a variety of experiences based on a given theme, many with a decidedly Greenwich twist. In the past, topics have run the gamut from youthful misadventure, to a dastardly bridegroom, a grand dame's after-hours Christmas shopping expedition and a preteen's 1960s quest for tight chinos (think 'West Side Story') at some of Greenwich's toniest emporiums. Protagonists need not be human: Stories have also featured a very ungrateful chipmunk, a supernatural parrot and a law-breaking woodchuck.
The cost of this event is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers and reservation by contacting 203-869-6899 Ext. is strongly encouraged. Beer, wine and light refreshments are included in the price of admission.