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HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for fans, performers and producers of contemporary audio story-telling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more.

This four-day Festival offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art story-telling in theaters and other “listening” venues. HEAR Now presents audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation.

The 2017 HEAR Now Festival will again be a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared.

Audio drama, audiobooks, recorded, and live story-telling -- sketches, poetry, spoken word -- alongside academic papers, juried competitions, and presentations on the physics of sound, as well as performance workshops, will round out this intensive listening event for the 2017 Hear Now Festival.

The following schedule is still ’under construction’ and subject to updates prior to June 6, 2017.
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Saturday, June 10 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Afternoon With Alison Larkin

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This live performance is a separate event in association with the HEAR Now Festival.

Ticket cost:
$15.00 per person - general public
$10.00 per HEAR Now Festival Pass holders

In celebration of Missouri’s new legislation releasing original birth certificates to adult adoptees, which begins on January 1 2018, Alison Larkin, who is in Kansas City as part of Hear Now: the Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, will give a rare live performance.

During An Afternoon with Alison Larkin, on Saturday June 10th at Bragg Auditorium from 3:00pm – 4:30pm, she will talk about her adoption by very English parents, her reunion with her all-American birth mother, parents, nature, nurture, England, America, parenting – and how to make a decent cup of tea.

Alison was raised in a loving English family. However, finding her birth parents turned out to be crucial. Not only did it answer Alison’s questions about her genetic heritage, thanks to medical history her birth mother was able to provide, the reunion later saved her life.

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Saturday June 10, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church Bragg Auditorium

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