Performers from Island Women Speak 2019 take a bow on the Opera House stage after sharing their stories with a captivated audience. Photo by Dan Rajter

Opera House Arts’ Island Women Speak, the women’s storytelling event at the Stonington Opera House, is coming back for a new iteration, at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at 1 School St. in Stonington.

Six women, six generations, six personal stories — told live from the stage also will be livestreamed for those who cannot make the event in-person.

Following the 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 in the hands of Debbie Weil who conceived of and directs the performance, according to a news release from Tony Adams, executive director of Opera House Arts.

This evening’s theme is 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 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. Weil, a podcaster and nonfiction writing coach, is a past Chair of the board of Opera House Arts.

The six storytellers represent six generations of Deer Isle residents and include: Team 20 — Kira Jones; Team 30 — Erin Walker; Team 40 — Anne West; Team 50 — Susan Senecal; Team 60 — Buzz Masters; and Team 70 — Cathy Boyce.

Tickets cost $20.

For tickets or more information, visit or call 207-367-2788.

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