Queen Nur: Sweet Potato Pie and Such

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Renowned children's storyteller, Queen Nur launches Olney Theatre Center's first season of year-round family programming. Queen Nur's stories draw on mythology, African folklore, and African American history. "The key for a storyteller," Queen Nur explains, "is to make the story your own." Drawing from fairy tales, children's stories, and even current events, Queen Nur (aka Karen Nur El-Amin), crafts new and interactive stories with African American flare. Her tales are entertaining and inspiring, but most importantly, they always have a message. "It's not just for fun. We do it to enrich lives, pass on traditions, and tell our stories," she explains. Dressed in self-designed African attire, Queen Nur tells tales based on her rich heritage and values. "Ruth Oree's Sweet Potato Pie" is Queen Nur's version of "Little Red Riding Hood." In this storyteller's version, Ruth Oree journeys through city streets carrying a brown paper bag filled with fried chicken, collard greens, and sweet potato pie on her way to grandma's house (instead of skipping through the woods with a basket of cake and butter). This story touches on themes of slavery and freedom as Ruth plays double-dutch and encounters a boy named Wolfgang (instead of a wolf). SPECIAL PERFORMANCES: School Matinee Friday, January 26 9:30 am and 12:00 pm

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