Gimple the Fool by Issac Bashavis Singer is one of my all time favorite stories. Last year, I picked up my worn out copy and as I reread the pages I thought “Hmmmm … I could tell this. OK – do it right.” So I contacted the agency that represents Singer’s work and letters went back and forth. The outcome was I got permission to perform it … which I will …. at the Northlands Storytelling Conference in Wisconsin on April 29th.
Immediately I began preparing – it is no small thing to memorize such a long story. As the weeks go by, I am more and more in character – so much so, that I find myself speaking Gimpeleese … It is a strange phenomenon. This fictitious character has become my companion!
So it is with great stories, we live in them and they live in us.