Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Master Storyteller in Our Midst

Lots of people enjoy telling stories to their family and friends. But how many of them pursue it as an art form and profession? Framingham resident Libby Franck, a former librarian, has been been a professional storyteller for over two decades, performing in a wide variety of venues, from libraries and historical societies to Boston's annual First Night celebration.

Franck specializes in strong, daring, and unusual women of history to research and dramatize. From female pirates to saloon smasher Carrie Nation to writer Dorothy Parker, Franck immerses herself in the words, garb, and mannerisms of her characters completely. One of her latest shows features a woman from Framingham's history - Dr. Miriam Van Waters, the pioneering social reformer who served as superintendent of the Massachusetts Reformatory for Woman at Framingham from 1932 until 1957.

To learn more about Franck's work and upcoming performances, visit