Wellfleet, MA - The International Institute of New England (IINE) and Wellfleet Preservation Hall present a live performance of Suitcase Stories® on Saturday, August 17th at 5pm and 8pm. Tickets are $25. For tickets and information, call Wellfleet Preservation Hall at 508.349.1800 or buy online at www.wellfleetpreservationhall.org.
Suitcase Stories® features foreign- and US-born residents sharing powerful and inspiring stories of refugee and immigrant life. Featured nationally on PBS, Suitcase Stories® exposes the complexity of immigrant experiences through personal narrative. Part of the proceeds support IINE’s critical programming for refugees and immigrants.
Suitcase Stories® is a storytelling performance featuring stories told by refugees, immigrants, and US-born performers. The performance uses the powerful theatrical format of storytelling to highlight immigration-related tales of real-life experience.
The creator, director, and curator of Suitcase Stories Cheryl Hamilton, explains, “the genesis of Suitcase Stories® came from a desire to amplify the voices of immigrants and refugees. The themes transcend generations and relate to issues of family, love, and perseverance and demonstrate how we are all connected and share similar life experiences."
Since the program was launched in 2017, more than 10,000 people have seen a live performance of Suitcase Stories® and thousands more watched a taped episode on PBS television. The Suitcase Stories® series provides a way for a community to dig beneath the headlines, exposes audiences to the complexity of immigration issues, and directly impacts life-changing support services for immigrants and refugees.
Suitcase Stories® features seven storytellers from throughout Massachusetts, including the cape. They represent diverse backgrounds, including:
For additional information please visit: https://iine.org/suitcase
About The International Institute of New England
The International Institute of New England (IINE) has been serving immigrants and refugees since 1918. More than hundred years later, the nonprofit organization now operates resettlement, education, job training, and legal services programs in Boston and Lowell, MA, and Manchester, NH for more than 2,000 refugees and immigrants from 70 countries. Suitcase Stories® is one way IINE educates the public about the value new Americans bring to New England and the country. www.iine.org
ABOUT WELLFLEET PRESERVATION HALL:
Wellfleet Preservation Hall is a unique Outer Cape community cultural center offering a diverse mix of performances, education, arts and cultural programs throughout the year. Previously a church, the historic building re-opened in May 2011 after meticulous renovations and has brought a renewed vibrancy to Wellfleet center. Wellfleet Preservation Hall is located at 335 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA 02667. 508.349.1800 / http://www.wellfleetpreservationhall.org