Alton Chung grew up with the stories, superstitions, and magic of the Hawaiian Islands. This combined
with his Japanese and Korean roots, gives him a unique perspective to tell cultural tales and personal stories with a deep sense of reverence and authenticity. Not only does he breathe life into traditional Asian folktales with sensitivity and deep connection, but he can also touch into the fire of ancient Hawaiian legends and tell them with passion and respect. Alton also enjoys telling true stories of the Japanese-Americans during WWII, but his true passion is telling ghost stories. In 2005, Alton was awarded the first J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award by the National Storytelling Network and participated in the first National Story Night in Jonesboro, TN.
When telling stories, Alton is in constant motion. His hands and body never stay still as he flows from story to story, embodying each character with their own voice, unique body movements, animated facial expressions, and graceful gestures. He becomes the characters in his stories and effortlessly morphing from one to another in seamlessly cavalcade of expression, emotion, and substance. He breathes life into any tale he tells making them come alive and dance, creating a full and rich experience--a feast for the eyes and ears.
Alton received a BA in Zoology (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Washington and an MS in Oceanography and an MBA from Oregon State University. He has rafted the Zambezi River, visited the remote Northwest Hawaiian Islands, and has been tossed about in aboard research vessels in the Gulf of Alaska. He has gone on safari into the Okavango Delta in Botswana, worked in Turkey, and journeyed into the Australian Outback. Wherever his travels have taken him, he has collected stories.
He also has designed lighting for plays and musicals and is the Technical Director of a small theater company in Portland, OR. He has also trained to become a massage therapist, is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and has been adopted into the tribe of the White Clay People of North Central Montana (Gros Ventre).
The Portland Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen's League (JACL) has designated the Febriary 22 Matinee performance of KODOMO NO TAME NI (For the Sake of the Children) as their Day of Remebrance Event for 2009.
8 PM Fridays and Saturdays, 1 PM Sundays February 20 - 22, 27 - 28, March 1, 6 -8, 2009
Evening Shows: Doors Open at 7:30 PM
Curtain at 8:00 PM Matinee Shows: Doors Open at 12:30 PM
Curtain at 1:00 PM
Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside, #104 in Portland Between 18th and 19th on East Burnside
Parking Lot and Entrance on 18th Street
$12.00 (cash or check at the door)
includes complimentary snacks; beverages available for purchase