Arts

Smith Takes The Stage At Backfence

OPB | Dec. 14, 2013 11:38 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 16, 2013 9:42 a.m. | Portland

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Bus Project founder and former State Representative Jefferson Smith took the stage at Backfence PDX this week.

It’s a stage show that invites people from all walks of life to tell personal stories, often with powerful, moving, and funny results. While storytellers work with a coach for clarity, brevity and other presentational qualities, their stories are largely unedited.

Smith chose to tell the story of an encounter with a woman at a college party that ended his mayoral bid in 2012. How do you view this? Is it a form of memoir? Is context important for this kind of presentation?

Backfence PDX was kind enough to share the story. Smith told another version on OPB’s Think Out Loud the week the story emerged.

Let us know what you think!

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