The public is invited to join Cynthia Swan Thursday, March 25 for an evening that celebrates The Power of the Story from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library of Rockland District High School, 400 Broadway.

Swan, a local actor and radio host with a master’s degree in education, will recite stories from “Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, amongst other stories that speak directly to the psyche, heart and soul. Stories shared will offer insight, wisdom and love, honoring the human condition and nurturing us on our life journey.

Swan holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from Otterbein College and, prior to moving to Maine in 1990, she sang and acted in theaters in Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She interned at Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, a professional repertory theatre company in Lakewood, Ohio; and as a youngster she enjoyed the opportunity to work with the now-famous Tom Hanks. After almost 20 years away from theater, Swan recently appeared in character roles in the Everyman Repertory Theater Company’s holiday production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” “It was crazy to stay away from the arts for so long — life without art is like shallow breathing; time to take some deep breaths. I realize I need to be engaged in the creative processes,” she said.

“Esoterica,” a short feature on WERU-FM, developed and implemented by Swan and Andree Bella, is what started her on the journey of sharing life’s stories with listeners. The March 25 reading is an extension of that work, she said, and “I hope others love it as much as I do.”

Fee for the session is $10. To registers, call RSU #13 Adult and Community Education at 596-2018.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to