05 Sep, 2017
Free Concert: Bil Lepp & Ed Stivender at Salt Lake County Library’s Viridian Event Center
An Evening of Stories for All Ages
Join national storytellers Bil Lepp and Ed Stivender as well as talented youth storyteller Anna Greer for a free evening of stories at the Salt Lake County Library’s Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. Bil and Barbara are considered two of the nation’s finest storytellers. Both were featured in the nationwide broadcast of the series Story Matters on BYU TV. Tickets are not required and there is no charge, but arrive early because seating fills up fast.
Bil Lepp is the five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. He has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, National Storytelling Festival, Comedy Central Stage on Hudson in Los Angeles, and is a favorite at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.
In reviews of his work, Ed Stivender has been called “the Robin Williams of storytelling” by the Miami Herald and “a Catholic Garrison Keillor” by Kirkus Review. Since 1977, when he left his day job as a high school teacher in Connecticut and turned to storytelling full-time, Ed has fabulated his way around the globe –appearing in schools, churches, coffeehouses and theaters, as well as at major storytelling festivals. He has been a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival and storytelling festivals in Ireland, Indonesia, Austria, and New Zealand.
This special event is supported by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts. The program is a partnership between the Salt Lake County Library Services and Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.
Salt Lake County Library’s Viridian Event Center
8030 S 1825 W
West Jordan, UT 84088view map ›
Free Concert with Bil Lepp & Ed Stivender
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join national storytellers Bil Lepp and Ed Stivender as well as talented youth storyteller Anna Greer for a free evening of stories at the Salt Lake County Library’s Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. Bil and Ed are considered two of the nation’s finest storytellers and have traveled the world performing. Tickets aren’t require and there is no charge, but arrive early because seating fills up fast.
Bil Lepp is a study in contrasts. A thoroughly honest man, he is a five-time champion liar. Behind that “yup, yup, yup” persona is an absolutely brilliant mind--so smart he’s scary, but really funny too—kind of like a cross between Neil deGrasse Tyson and Robin Williams. An accomplished author, Bil Lepp’s books cover topics from parenting to very little things. As carefully architected as The Eiffel Tower, Bil’s stories often start out plausible, then quickly morph into the outrageous and fantastic. On occasion, he is completely serious and you can follow him into stories of the courage and honor of ordinary folks. But beware—Bil’s wit will hit and you will never see it coming!Full Profile
A self-described “full-time daydreamer who moonlights as a storyteller,” Ed has entertained audiences around the world for more than thirty years—and has been featured at our Festival since 1994. A true spinner of yarns, both epic and ridiculous, Ed draws from centuries-old traditions as well as modern-day spur-of-the-moment improv. Dubbed the “Robin Williams of Storytelling,” he is known for his delightful mixture of whimsy, wit, and wisdom.Full Profile