Seven women ages 20 to 85 will take to the stage and tell a story about their personal experience from their life on Deer Isle at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Stonington Opera House. Last May, Debbie Weil (far right) staged a similar production featuring (from left) Amanda Larrabee, Ginger Reiman, Judith Jerome, Melissa Jones-Bayley, Suzy Shepard, Becky Siebert and Nicole Nolan. PHOTO BY LILY FELSENTHAL

Island women to speak out about their lives

STONINGTON — “Standing up and speaking out” is the theme of Opera House Arts’ popular evening of women’s storytelling, “Island Women Speak,” featuring seven island women ages 20 to 85,  at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Stonington Opera House. The women will tell their stories live from the stage.

Debbie Weil is directing and producing the show in which each woman will tell a personal story she has written, revealing truths about her life on the island.

The project is based on New York City’s Generation Women, a monthly event that features women authors and storytellers from each decade, as well as on The Moth, a nonprofit group based in New York City, which is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Weil participated in Generation Women in 2017 and was inspired to bring the project to Deer Isle.

“Our theme this time is not meant to be overtly political but it is very fitting following a year of #METOO revelations and coming on the heels of the record number of women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives,” Weil said. “Women in small communities as well as in big cities across the country need to be encouraged to, well, stand up and speak out.”

The speakers represent a multigenerational cross-section of Deer Isle residents: Hazel Woodward, Team 20; Hollan Oliver, Team 30; Kristie Billings, Team 40; Kyra Alex, Team 50; Robin Alden, Team 60; Evelyn Duncan, Team 70; and Lorraine Knowlton, Team 80.

Everyone is welcome for this evening of true stories, surprising revelations, warmth and humor. Tickets cost $10 per person at the door.

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