This week-end Andy was in Ijamsville, Maryland for a two day workshop and a Saturday evening concert hosted by storyteller Susan Gordon in her warm story-friendly home.
For the concert for the two day workshop the storytellers were joined by local story lovers, and particular fans of Andy's who drove in for it. All the set chairs were filled before 7 PM and a few extra added for later arrivals. It was an evening of fine stories and was
To close the evening he brought forth a short tale of his wonderful fictional character elderly southern old lady "Aunt Marguerite" who is loved and adored by audiences coast to coast. I feel sad for folks who tell me they have not met her!
She is a loving interpretation of many of the women Andy grew up loving and he brings this to life with a beautiful accent and great wit.
Meet Aunt Marguerite:
Put that together with an environment that is welcoming for storytelling and has a warm host as Susan Gordon is - well it's just a perfect way to work for a week-end.
and that was also the first time I had ever seen Andy Offutt Irwin a
bright light from the Jonesborough Stages. Well, I liked Andy's work a lot - but...
I fell in love with Aunt Marguerite - in every way. In her stories with the voice he gives her and how smart he makes her....even with her strong Georgia accent I could hear my North Carolina women in her. I said something to that effect to Andy after the show and he looked at me like I had jumped a bit off the rails - because clearly I thought she was a
real person. I still do - - and if you hear him tell these stories - my bet is -
you will too.
Thanks for a fine week-end, Andy and Susan.
For more about Andy: Andyirwin.com