On Sept. 23, Boise State professor Greg Hampikian is set to perform his unique look of divorce and family life at the Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) with Starry Story Night. Starry Story night is a special performance put on by the folks at Story Story Night.
Story Story Night, which is co-founded by the Story Initiative at Boise State and Boise State Public Radio, is a live storytelling program which invites members to go unscripted on stage and share real life experiences. Stories range from the comedic to the dramatic, as well as an interchange of both.
Greg Hampikian is a professor of biology and criminal justice, with expertise in the field of genetics as well as many others.
His love of storytelling is rooted in his childhood time spent listening to stories by his father. However, Hampikian’s performance at Starry Story Night will consist of a much more recent influence on his storytelling, family life and divorce.
“While I consider the end of my marriage to be one of my greatest failures in life, I consider the way I got through the divorce as one of my greatest successes,” said Hampikian while laughing.
Hampikian is using his opportunity to perform at Starry Story Night as a stage to share how storytelling has been a medium which has aided in his growth since his divorce, as well as the raising of
“I can turn any tragedy from my workday or in my family life into an element of a story,” said Hampikian.
Hampikian’s storytelling developed throughout the last seventeen years of his life while telling stories to his children as they went to sleep at night. He described the process of how his storytelling changes as his children got older.
“Your kids will be the perfect audience, they will love you, then they’ll get to eight or nine and correct you, then by 10 or 11 they are steering you a certain way,” said Hampikian.
Hampikian goes on to describe the gift of metaphor as an essentiality to good storytelling, and uses it often in his own stories.
“A sense of metaphor is the basis of a story,” said Hampikian.
Starry Story Night is the first performance by Story Story Night at the BCT.
With the hopes of making it an annual event, Jessica Holmes, co-founder of the Story Story Night and executive director, highlighted her hopes for the future with future
“We are using the first Starry Story Night at the Boise Contemporary Theater as not only a celebration of the Sesquicentennial, which is the 150 year since the founding of the city of Boise, but as well as a catalyst to draw attention to the possibility of making Starry Story Night an annual performance with the Boise Contemporary Theater,” Holmes said.
The performance will begin at 7 pm.