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On Saturday, Elysha and I will be producing our next Speak Up storytelling event at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. The theme of the evening is Schooled: Lessons Taught and Lessons Learned.

Doors open at 7:00. Stories begin at 7:30. The event is free, and no ticket is required.

Eight storytellers will take the stage and tell true stories on the assigned theme. During this week, we will be featuring each storyteller here in order to give you a peek at what to expect on Saturday night.

We hope to see you there!


Barbara Klau is a Hartford native who has been involved in music and theater for over 60 years. Among the roles she has played are an aging Broadway star, the wife of Noah (the ark-maker), a New York socialite unwittingly involved in a murder and a grandmother determined to match her granddaughter up with the neighborhood pickle man. She has acted, sung, and even tap danced her way through life, but tonight is the very first time she has appeared before an audience like this – telling a story about herself.