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ETSU’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN 37614
Storyteller Noa Baum was born and raised in Jerusalem. She has been living in the U.S. since 1990, and sponsored by Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at ETSU, she will bring her one-woman show for adults, A Land Twice Promised, to Martha Street Culp Auditorium Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The event is the first in a three-part MBMSOTA storytelling series titled “When Worlds Collide.” Baum received a grant from the National Storytelling Network for the show, which stemmed from a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman while living in the United States. She has woven together their memories and their mothers’ stories, creating a moving testimony illuminating the complex and contradictory history and emotions that surround Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians. A Land Twice Promised has received critical acclaim from experts, including David Shipler, author of Pulitzer Prize winner, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land. “All the fine newspaper reporting and nonfiction book writing can’t quite capture what you captured in just a few minutes of storytelling, acting and impersonation ... Impressive.” Baum is an award-winning storyteller who combines performance art with practical applications of storytelling in business, community and education as well as using the power of story to ignite the imagination, spark innovation and bridge differences. She holds a BFA in Theater from Tel Aviv University and was an actress with the Khan Repertory Theater of Jerusalem. She also studied with acclaimed acting teacher Uta Hagen in New York, and holds a Master of Arts in educational theater from New York University. Noa received a graduate fellowship to work in inner city schools from C.A.T., the Theater in Education Company of NYU. She has presented at hundreds of venues, including The World Bank, Mayo Clinic, The Kennedy Center, U.S. Defense Department, GWU Law School, Brandeis, Stanford and Hebrew universities. She lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with her husband and two children. For more on Baum, visit http://www.noabaum.com. Tickets for A Land Twice Promised are $5 for all area students with a valid student ID, $15 general admission and $10 for seniors 60 and over. For tickets or for information about the ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, call 423-439-TKTS (8587) or visit www.etsu.edu/cas/arts/ or www.Facebook.com/ETSU.MBMSOTA.