Riverside Library and Cultural Center is excited to host Becky Stone, in an encore performance of the High Plains Chautauqua, as Maya Angelou.
Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was civil rights organizer and poet. She had two passions: to write and to right wrongs. Her first autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings brought her international recognition and acclaim. Ms. Stone will talk about the development of her characterization of Maya Angelou and read selections from her poetry.
Becky moved to Western North Carolina from Philadephia, PA almost 40 years ago and discovered storytelling. Already a trained actor, Becky found storytelling to be a delightful change. She has performed as a teller, an actor, singer, and dancer for 45 years while raising 4 children, teaching, directing, and co-publishing a small garden quarterly, GreenPrints, with her husband who is the editor. Becky began her Chautauqua career in 2002 when Greenville recruited her to portray Pauli Murray. Since then, she has done Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks in Greenville, Colorado, and many schools, museums, and libraries in North Carolina. Becky is nearly six feet tall and is excited to portray Maya Angelou who also was six feet tall as opposed to her first three Chautauqua characters who were all five feet! However, it took all of her six feet to pack in the power needed for those remarkable women. Maya is proving to be no less remarkable. Becky holds a BA from Vassar College in drama and a MA in Education from Villanova University and for 20 years has been is a regular story-teller at the Biltmore Estate.