At the 2019 “Island Women Speak,” performers take a bow after telling their stories at the Stonington Opera House. DAN RAJTER PHOTO COURTESY OPERA HOUSE ARTS

Advice to their younger selves: Deer Isle women tell stories from their lives

STONINGTON — Six storytellers, who represent six generations of Deer Isle residents, will take the stage starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, for Opera House Arts’ fourth “Island Women Speak” at the Stonington Opera House. The live show also will be livestreamed for people who cannot attend the event in person.

Directed by Debbie Weil, this year’s show features Kira Jones, Erin Walker, Anne West, Susan Senecal, Buzz Masters and Cathy Boyce. Weil, who conceived of “Island Women Speak,” is a podcaster, nonfiction writing coach and past Opera House Arts Board Chair. The show was inspired by New York City’s “Generation Women,” a monthly event with female authors and storytellers from each decade, and “The Moth,” which highlights storytellers in different formats from the weekly “The Moth Radio Hour” to “The Moth Mainstage,” which tours internationally.

This year’s “Island Women Speak” is centered around the theme “Advice to my younger self.” Six speakers will each perform a five-minute personal story they have written on the topic, revealing truths about their lives on the island.

“At every one of our events, the audience has been spellbound by how vulnerable our storytellers are willing to be on stage,” Weil said. “That is the mark of great storytelling, of course.”

Admission costs $20 per person to the evening of true stories, surprising revelations, warmth and humor.

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