Epic Telling

What is an Epic Telling?

The Epic Telling is a monumental experience unique to the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Each year at our annual Festival Gathering of Biblical Storytelling, an entire book of the Bible (or a large portion of one) is told by individuals one after the other (with no breaks or applause) as a group performance.

Who can participate in the Epic Telling?

Storytellers are chosen from a bidding process. Anyone who is registered for the Festival Gathering is welcome to bid on the texts.  Make sure to give your top 3 choices, as many people will be wanting the same texts. 

I've never told before, is that okay?

Absolutely! We just ask that if you receive a winning bid, you learn your part well and practice, practice, practice! The Epic should be a seamless performance which moves in a timely fashion. If you have questions, please call or email the NBS office. And please use the NRSV version of the Bible as you prepare your text.

May I bid for an individual telling, a video telling and to be a part of the Epic Telling Team ensemble?

You may bid for up to two of the three options.

Who can come and listen?

Guests are most welcome to come and hear the performance in the Marriott Ballroom, as long as seating is available.

How many people are usually in the audience?

A typical audience is about 250 people, who are Festival Gathering attendees.

Will there be a rehearsal for the tellers?

Usually there is a warm up 1/2 hour before the performance when tellers are given instructions and lined up. However, since the divisions are a little more complicated this year, there will be an additional rehearsal time for all tellers. The day and time will be announced at the festival.

What are the Epic Texts for this year?

Click here for the Epic Fall Gathering 2018 texts.

Okay, count me in. How do I prepare to bid? 

Please review these documents:

Difficult Texts

Introduction to Epic Telling for 2018

Marti Stuessy's Commentary on 1 Kings 1

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