A Women’s Storytelling Event on Deer Isle


The next Island Women Speak is set for Thursday Jan. 31, 2019 at 7 PM. 

Island Women Speak, the popular women’s storytelling event that I produce and direct at the Opera House in Stonington, Maine is back for a third performance! This time there will be seven women, seven generations, seven true stories.

This unique event (inspired by The Moth) premiered at the Opera House last January, drawing a packed house on a frigid evening. Eight local storytellers, ages 21 to 91, each performed a personal story that she had written and rehearsed. The stories were about falling in love, leaving home, why a path to public service, and more. Then in May, seven local women from ages 20 to 94 took the stage to tell their stories on themes such as coming out as gay, dealing with depression and anxiety, and acknowledging white privilege and racism. At both evenings there was intimacy, there was warmth, there was a rapt audience.

On Jan. 31st, each of our speakers will perform a personal story on the topic of standing up and speaking out.

There will be truth-telling, there will be surprises, there will be wine (at intermission). Men are invited, of course!

Line-up for Jan. 31, 2019

Team 20: Hazel Woodward
Team 30: Hollan Oliver
Team 40: Kristie Billings
Team 50: Kyra Alex
Team 60: Robin Alden
Team 70: Evelyn Duncan
Team 80: Lorraine Knowlton

 Photography: Dan Rajter

Producer & Director: Debbie Weil

Tickets are $10 at the door. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Weil.

Jan. 2018 Team Photo: from left to right: Debbie Little Wyman (Team 70); Anne Burton (Team 80); Kathleen Billings (Team 50); Cherie Mason (Team 90); Morgan Witham (Team 30); Jennifer Eaton Larrabee (Team Almost 40); Asia Eaton (Team 20); Debbie Weil (producer and host); Katy Rinehart (Team 60).

May 2018 Team Photo: from left to right: Amanda Larrabee (Team 30); Ginger Reiman (Team 90); Judith Jerome (Team 70); Melissa Jones-Bayley (Team 40); Suzy Shepard (Team 60); Becky Siebert (Team 50); Nicole Nolan (Team 20); Debbie Weil (producer and host).

Photography: Lily Felsenthal 

See photos of our Jan. 18, 2018 and May 24, 2018 events

Media coverage

Our first event (Jan. 2018) was written up in the local paper, the Island Ad-Vantages, highlighting our speakers and why they chose to participate: Island Women Speak shares stories of eight local women.

Channel 5 TV

We were also featured in a two-minute feature story on Channel 5 WABI-TV: Eight Women Share Stories of Life on Stonington and Deer Isle.

The inspiration: Generation Women in NYC

With thanks to Georgia Clark and Generation Women in NYC, who inspired me to bring a storytelling event for women across generations to Maine. As Georgia explains, “Generation Women blends a lively literary salon with the tradition of handing down wisdom from community elders.”

Photos: I performed as Team 60 with Generation Women in October 2017. The first sentence of my story was “I’m 65 and I still have sex… ” and the mostly younger audience went wild. More photos of Generation Women events here.