FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate O’Neill (The International Institute of New England)
THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEW ENGLAND presents SUITCASE STORIES®
Sunday, September 29 at Nashua HS North
SUITCASE STORIES PERFORMANCE GIVES VOICE TO IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
“Tales of hope and pursuit of life in America.”—The Boston Globe
Nashua, NH – The International Institute of New England (IINE) will present a live performance of Suitcase Stories® on Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 pm at the auditorium at Nashua High School North at 8 Titan Way, Nashua. Tickets are $20, general admission. For tickets and information call IINE at 617-695-0786 or buy online at iine.org.
Suitcase Stories® is a unique storytelling performance featuring refugees, immigrants, and US-born performers. The show uses the powerful theatrical format of storytelling to highlight immigration-related tales of real-life experience. Featured nationally on WGBH’s Stories from the Stage television program, Suitcase Stories® exposes the complexity of immigrant experiences through personal narrative.
“The genesis of Suitcase Stories® was a desire to amplify the voices of immigrants and refugees and their unique stories,” Cheryl Hamilton said. She is the creator, director, and curator of Suitcase Stories. “However, the themes related to family, love, and perseverance, for example, transcend nationality and demonstrate how we are all connected and share similar life experiences.”
Since it was launched in 2017, more than 5,000 people have seen a live performance of Suitcase Stories® and thousands more watched episodes on PBS. At its core, the Suitcase Stories® series provides a way for any curious 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.
The performance on September 29 will feature six storytellers from six different countries, including: Colombia, Israel, Mexico, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Burma (Myanmar). Several New Hampshire-based storytellers will take part in the program, including a new American who lives in Nashua.
Two of the most anticipated performances of the evening include Elsy Cipriani and Judith Hertog. Elsy is the Managing Director of IINE’s Manchester office, and an immigrant from Columbia where she worked in the refugee field. Judith was born in Amsterdam and moved to Israel as a teenager. Judith is fluent in six languages, and has almost as many professions. She is an essayist, journalist, teacher, and storyteller. Elsy and Judith will be joined on stage by immigrants and refugees whose stories will invite the audience to find the common threads that link the universal heart of humanity.
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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 2,500 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