Island Women Speak

January 28, 2022

Six women, six generations, six personal stories – told live from the stage.

“At every one of our events, the audience has been spellbound by how vulnerable our storytellers are willing to be on stage. When the audience connects with the performers' stories, that creates the magic,” says Island Women Speak creator Debbie Weil. "

Following the wildly successful inaugural evening in January of 2018, and equally popular events in May 2018, January 2019, and January 2020 (there was no performance in 2021 due to Covid), this storytelling initiative returns to Opera House Arts.

This evening’s stories are centered around “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. 

The event will be performed for a live in-person audience, and livestreamed for those who cannot make the event in-person.

Directed by: Debbie Weil

 

Written & Performed by:

Team 20: Kira Jones

Team 30: Erin Walker

Team 40: Anne West

Team 50: Sue Senecal

Team 60: Buzz Masters

Team 70: Cathy Boyce

 

About The Storytellers 

 

Kira Jones, 28, started with dry feet as a flatlander growing up in NH and PA but she switched to waterproof boots after marrying an island fisherman. She knows how to juggle and uses that talent to balance raising her family with working for the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

 

Erin Walker, 34, is a native of Deer Isle. She enjoys reading, thrift shopping, and hiking the island trails with her two daughters, husband, and sweet old dog. She currently works as a first-grade Ed Tech at Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School.

 

Anne West, 46, was born and raised on a farm in Searsport, Maine. She is a community nonprofit leader, marathoner, and host of the Island Health and Wellness Foundation podcast. She believes that life centers around the three F’s: family, friends and frosting.

 

Sue Senecal, 59, has owned and run Sue’s School of Dance for 40 years. She has a son, Jake, a wonderful daughter-in-law, Tasha, and the sweetest grandchildren, Macey-Dani and Tatum. When she’s not dreaming up new dance steps, she loves to garden and spend time at the beach.

 

Buzz Masters, 64, is a painter who grew up in upstate New York and Provincetown, Ma. She has lived on Deer Isle, where she maintains a busy studio, for 30 years. She helps run the Community Paramedicine Program and works as an EMT for Memorial Ambulance.

 

Cathy S. Boyce, 71, is a descendant of the 1760’s Deer Isle settler John Pressey and was raised with a deep love of this island. A retired nurse, she now enjoys running the Queen’s Closet. In the summer of 1969 this old flowerchild, with her Bestie, owned a head shop in Stonington Village.

 

Debbie Weil, 70, is directing the fifth performance of Island Women Speak. She moved to Stonington from DC in 2013 and is a nonfiction writing and storytelling coach. She’s the host of [B]OLDER, a podcast about making the most of growing older… also a personal mission.

ISLAND WOMEN SPEAK was conceived and directed by Debbie Weil

 

Original production by Opera House Arts, Stonington, ME

 

No photos, videos or recordings without express permission of Opera House Arts.

In-person audience members are asked to please turn off cell phones prior to the performance. 

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 NYC that is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.