About This Series
Stories from the Stage amply illustrates the power of real stories told by masterful storytellers. The first season presents a culturally rich array of tellers, including a young man seeking asylum from political violence in the Congo; a Korean-American woman who was held at gunpoint in her father’s store; a gay man who escapes his repressive Southern town thanks to his love of dance; and a young woman who feels compelled to donate a kidney to a stranger.
The series is hosted by Theresa Okokon and Wes Hazard. Theresa is a multiple-time Finalist at Massmouth’s Big Mouth Off, and Wes a is multiple-time winner of the Moth StorySLAM stage.
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Stories from the Stage is a collaboration of WORLD Channel, WGBH Events, and Massmouth.
A last dance may be at the end or beginning of something big: Sandi narrowly misses getting cast for Broadway’s A Chorus Line; Mark reluctantly returns home to Kentucky for an extraordinary reunion; and Jean dances his way out of a death sentence in Haiti. Three storytellers, three interpretations of Last Dance, hosted by Theresa Okokon.
Chance could mean possibilities, risk or opportunity: Rodrigue seeks asylum from the Congo, Korean-American Eson is held at gunpoint in her family’s hardware store and Christine donates a kidney to a stranger. Three storytellers, three interpretations of Chance, hosted by Wes Hazard.
Welcome to the Neighborhood
Neighborhoods are forever in flux: Paloma searches for identity in a Dominican neighborhood; Mark becomes unwelcomed in his community; and Norah discovers great neighbors who teach life lessons. Three storytellers, three interpretations of Welcome to the Neighborhood, hosted by Wes Hazard.
Tickets mean opportunity, but for what? Dan describes being smuggled out as an infant from Mexico; Courtney finds freedom during a trip to Cuba; and a sociology professor confronts his biases on a flight after 9/11. Three storytellers, three interpretations of Tickets, Please!, hosted by Theresa Okokon.
Surprise! Kemp describes a life-changing moment at a stop sign; Justin discovers the triumph and agony of a one-wheel ride; and Jannelle must confess that magic is not always real. Three storytellers, three interpretations of Oops, hosted by Theresa Okokon.
Hell or High Water
Stories of survival and determination. Ana describes her last night at home before leaving Cuba forever; Jackson’s son catches his first fish by any means necessary; and Julie’s international love affair gets tested during ‘cabin fever.” Three storytellers, three interpretations of Hell or High Water, hosted by Wes Hazard.
Suitcase Stories Part 1
Coming to America. U-Meleni from Zimbabwe “sows seeds” of renewal in the United States; Grace shares how a green station wagon helped her family become Americans; and Kevin challenges his assumptions about others. Three storytellers, three interpretations of Suitcase Stories, hosted by Theresa Okokon.
Suitcase Stories Part 2
Immigrant stories of yesterday and today. Landscape architect Nano flees Syria to pursue her musical dream; Szifra discovers the hidden meaning of her name; and Abhishek becomes a meat-eating American. Three storytellers, three interpretations of Suitcase Stories, hosted by Theresa Okokon.
Holidays can be a source of joy, stress...or horror! Cyndi lands a gig as one of Santa’s elves and uncovers a gruesome reality; Ekhlas waits hungrily as calamity creates an epically long Ramadan fast; and Matt gathers his courage at Thanksgiving to stand up to his girlfriend’s tough as nails dad. Plus, Wes Hazard shares a hilarious Christmas story.