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Don Ray Smith has some stories for you. All original, all written and performed by Don Ray. Sketches. Poems. True tales told with wit. Tall tales told with bongos. Love stories. Laugh stories. Short stories. Long stories. City stories. Country stories. Even a one-man diversity show. Whatever floats your boat!
'Through the art of storytelling, Don Ray Smith offers lessons on life, and insight into human nature. His colorful characters and descriptions of their personalities and perspectives will make you smile and possibly remind you of someone you know. My group responded to his stories with great enthusiasm.'
---Nancy Tinnell, Associate Minister, Middletown (KY) United Methodist Church
'Pull up a chair, lean back and prepare to laugh, chuckle, snort, and guffaw at the droll humor, and mood-punctuating bongo drum playing of master storyteller Don Smith. He always has a wry and funny take on ordinary, or not so ordinary, life.'
---Mandy Dick, Story Grandmother
Don Ray has no problem looking at everyday life from a slightly tilted angle. From a Kentucky fisherman's tall tale to a love story told with bongos. From the ordeal of simply trying to throw away his old garbage can to a monumental misunderstanding on a gambling boat. Funny, but with messages galore.
As a member of the Kentucky Humanities' statewide Speakers Bureau for 2021-2022, Don Ray kick-starts his sense of humor to take on labels, stereotypes and crazy misunderstandings. His mission? To remind us that sometimes understanding and acceptance comes from just changing how we look at things. It's a relatively painless procedure. Find out more at kentuckyhumanities.org .
Don Ray's one-man true story about growing up in the highly-segregated West End of Louisville, Kentucky. Don Ray portrays a dozen characters in 18 scenes. It's poignant, humorous, insightful, non-confrontational and relevant.
Bongo Love Story #4. Russian Kayaker. If I Die on My Wife's Hair Day. Turkey and Blessing. Gambling Boat. interracial Couples. An Angel Touched My Toolbox. Bongo Ghost Story. Amish the Old Ways. Daddy's Mashed Potatoes. The Bilingual Garbage Can. The Power of Church Clothes. Far Tar. A Farewell to Hemingway. The Pool Room Ball. Next Time Bring the Dog.