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Journey to Long Nose

Written and Performed by Rachel Pollock

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This one-woman show written and performed by Rachel Pollock is, "a quirky, original and humorous storytelling foray into my broken cultural identity brought about by my family’s changing oral history and our collective obsession with ancestry DNA, as plain as the nose on my face."

DC Theatre Arts Review of J2LN

“The mark of good drama is that it keeps you thinking -- and Journey to Long Nose certainly did for me. I loved the way [Pollock] showed the challenge of claiming each of [her] identities, wrestling with the perceptions of others, drawing faith and God into the mix of it all and bringing awareness of our current "othering" of people....all within claiming the embrace of self. So many places...and doing it all from Ohio. Good stuff.”
Rev. Chris Johnson Foster
Interim Associate Pastor, Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD

“Journey to Long Nose is a profoundly funny performance that carefully establishes trust with the audience by using laughter to smooth out the rough edges we might brush up against when prompted to examine our own insecurities. Rachel Pollock's colorful writing takes aim not only at herself but at each one of us. This is the best kind of art, masterfully pushing people of all stripes right up to the border of our individual comfort zones. Make no mistake: she holds us there just long enough to make sure we've gazed upon the discomfort on the other side, but before it ever gets to be too much, she pulls us into yet another story, and another laugh.”
Greg Brown
Musician, Traveler, Artist, Mount Vernon Nazarene University Alum

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GENRE: Solo performance with presentation slides
RUN TIME: 50 minutes
AUDIENCE: General audience

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Rachel Pollock, Artistic Director, BigFish Folklife is an actor, writer, storyteller and American folklife researcher. Since 2003, she has served as the Director of Forensics (Competitive Public Speaking, Performance & Debate) and Assistant Professor of Communication, Media, and Theatre at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. Recipient of multiple grants to research storytelling in the United States (from the National Storytelling Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee to the American Folklife Center Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.), Rachel’s Storytelling Workshop has been published in Great Ideas for Teaching Speech and the Forensics Educator. She is one co-founder of BiGFiSH Folklife, a fun faith-based artists’ collective in New Concord, Ohio. Pollock’s full-length plays in production include “Remember How He Told You”, “Something About the Pope”, “IS (On the Edge of Deaf America) based on Deaf-hearing stories in the Storycorps collection”, and “Journey To Long Nose”. In July 2019, the one woman multi-media show “Journey to Long Nose” premiered at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. 
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BiGFiSH FOLKLiFE is a religious non-profit organization in Appalachia with the mission:

  • To bring together artists and audiences in a cultural exchange of folklife stories.
  • To provide retreat, education, and worship opportunities for and by artists.

We define “folklife” as the everyday stories of ordinary people.
Storytelling, in its broadest sense, may include a variety of media and genre (e.g. traditional storytelling, writing, performance, visual arts, music, dance, etc.)
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