Orcas Center Presents on Center Stage

Orcas Storyfest:

Shadows, Secrets and Other Stories

Saturday, August 24th, 7:30 PM

Tiered Ticket Pricing: $15, $25, $47
Orcas Center Members receive $2 off

**Orcas Center’s Tiered Ticket Pricing is based on the needs of your family. The variant in pricing is not based on seat location or dates of performances, rather, what you’re able to afford to help us to maintain our facilities and create quality programming.

Tier A is a rate subsidized by our generous donors. Tier B is our standard rate, also subsidized by our generous donors. Tier C is the true cost per patron of putting on show at the Orcas Center. **


Storytellers and songwriters have endlessly sought to answer the questions: “Who am I? Why am I here?” The Orcas StoryFest will feature performers Eth-Noh-Tec: Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo; Gary Lapow and Sue O’Halloran. Their stories and songs will explore journeys between shadow and light: a tale of surviving cancer, boyhood days growing in Brooklyn, a murder mystery of Chicago Chinatown circa 1920’s.

Theses performers will unveil secrets, illuminate the dark, and ignite an awakened soul with compassionate listening.


Susan O’Halloran is a story artist, writer, television personality and keynote speaker. Her stories focus on family, a sense of place and how our past affects our present and future. She is author of several books and diversity curricula plus a producer of multicultural films and performances including Black, White and Brown: Tribes & Bridges at the Steppenwolf Theatre and More Alike Than Not: Stories of Three Americans – Catholic, Jewish and Muslim. O’Halloran has been seen on such programs as PBS and ABC Nightline and has been interviewed by The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. About her own storytelling skills, The Chicago Readers Critic Choice said, “O’Halloran has mastered the Irish art of telling stories that are funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.”


For over 25 years, Gary Lapow has performed his inspiring music for millions of children, parents and teachers in both the United States and Canada. He has appeared on radio and television, at large festivals and in numerous concert halls, schools and libraries.

Gary’s concert programs teach children to respect themselves and their communities, reach out to others, and celebrate the many joys of life. The albums of his original songs have been selected as Parents Choice Recommended and Honor Recordings.


Eth-Noh-Tec with Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo: Though known for their physical style of storytelling of neo-traditional Pan-Asian Mythology and lore, Nancy Wang along with Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo will offer something completely different: “Shadows and Secrets”, a stage reading of her new work with multi-media image projection blended with storytelling. Through her recent family research she has uncovered an unsolved murder mystery surrounding shadowy circumstances in Chicago’s Chinatown during the days of Al Capone, The Tong Wars and Prohibition. Eth-Noh-Tec has performed throughout the United States, most recently featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, DC now added to their accolades: The Inaugural Presidential Celebrations of both the Presidents Clinton and Obama, the National Storytelling Festival at Jonesborough, TN ; Wolftrap , VA and storytelling festivals throughout the States and internationally.