SUITCASE STORIES® Performance at Preservation Hall

Two shows on August 17th

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  

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: 

  • Thi Thi Aye was born in Burma and resettled to the United States as a refugee in October 2010 with assistance from the International Institute of New England. Thi Thi spent many years in a refugee camp in Thailand where she worked to reduce sexual and gender-based violence. Shortly after arriving to Massachusetts, Thi Thi secured a position at Southwick, a textile company in Haverhill where she continues to work today. Thi Thi recently became a U.S. citizen.  
  • Rosanna Salcedo serves as Dean of Equity and Inclusion at The Cambridge School of Weston. She brings two decades of experience in school administration and teaching. Previously, she held the position of Dean of Multicultural Affairs at Phillips Exeter Academy. A graduate of the Harvard School of Education and Amherst College, Rosanna is passionate about working with and inspiring students and adults to reach their highest potential. She has recently been featured nationally on PBS.  

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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. 



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 / welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on