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Kevin Kling, storyteller

May 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

- $10 – $15

Performance: May 1 at 7pm at Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre

Workshop: April 30 at 3pm at Sfumato Pizzeria

ORANGE CITY — He’s a master storyteller and down-home philosopher. He’s famous for his commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. His autobiographical stories — of hopping freight trains, getting hit by lighting, skiing with his brother — are tender, poignant and profound… and hilarious.

Playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling is performing in Orange City Monday, May 1st at 7:00pm at Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre. And he’ll do a storytelling workshop Sunday, April 30th at 3pm at Sfumato Pizzeria in Carnes.

Sponsor of the Kling residency is Orange City Arts, in conjunction with Northwestern College. The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Listen to his funny & very short story: Rope Tow.

Anne Marsden benefit concert at The Dakota, Minneapolis MN 2011

Anne Marsden benefit concert at The Dakota, Minneapolis MN 2011

Kling, who grew up in Osseo, Minnesota, was born with a misshapen left arm, much shorter than his right. Then in 2001, he was nearly killed in a motorcycle accident, and completely lost the use of his right arm. He was in rehab during 9/11 — and he had post traumatic stress… at the same time that the entire country had post traumatic stress, he said. He remembers the day when, after walking a half-block for rehab, his wife gave him an apple — and for the first time since the accident, he could taste. Sweetness. He was overwhelmed with gratitude for life.

Schaap inspired Orange City Arts to bring Kling to town. “Kevin Kling is hilarious” said Schaap, “but his storytelling rises from unusual sources for a comedian — a tough life and a whopper of a soul.”

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“There’s something childlike, mischievous and endearing in Kevin Kling’s eyes and his smile,” said Krista Tippett when interviewing Kling for her show, On Being. “Live audiences warm to him immediately.”

Kling has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized Kling’s artistry. In 2014 Mayor RT Rybak named Kevin “Minneapolis Story Laureate.” He was recently featured in a PBS documentary, Kevin Kling: Lost & Found.

In addition to his storytelling performance May 1st, Kling will present a two-hour workshop, Chicken Soup for the Chicken, The Healing Power of Story, at Sfumato Pizzeria April 30th at 3pm. “Our challenging experiences often make the most meaningful stories,” Kling said. Info on workshop here.

Tickets for the May 1st Kling performance are available at orangecityarts.net, $15 adult and $10 student in advance. At the door, tickets are $18 and $12. Admission to the April 30th Kling workshop is $10 prior to April 23 and $20 after April 23. Schaap’s library workshops are free.

For info, contact 712 707 4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

The Kevin Kling performance is part of Orange City Arts’ Beyond Onstage series.

Listen to Ally Karsyn’s interview with Kevin Kling on KWIT radio:

Listen to the On Being interview with Kevin Kling: The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into.

And Kling’s 3-minute story, Dogs.

Kevin Kling’s workshop Sunday afternoon, April 30th: Laughing with Loss: Storyteller Kevin Kling comes to Orange City.

Chicken Soup for the Chicken, The Healing Power of Story
People have always used stories to cope with this unpredictable world and our challenging experiences often make the most meaningful stories. When dealing with loss, we need to recognize each other as family and learn to see the universal in our personal experience. In this workshop, we will explore how to develop our healing stories in ways that are evocative, engaging and often humorous. The workshop includes a series of exercises to learn how to find story ideas and how to craft a story. Some participants will tell their own stories at the end of the session.

MORE info about workshop, and registration info HERE.


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May 1, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$10 – $15
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Orange City Arts Council
712 707-4885


Sfumato Pizzeria
4995 Carnes Drive
Alton, IA United States