Arts and Music

Stories from the Stage

Stories have the power to astonish us, make us laugh and cry, and open our hearts to the world. Hosted by Wes Hazard and Theresa Okokon, STORIES FROM THE STAGE invites storytellers from around the world to share extraordinary tales of what it means to be human. Each episode features both on-stage performances and interviews about their inspirations and craft, and the meaning behind their stories.

The Bright Side

26m 30s

Dark times in life are inevitable. What can we do? Look at the brighter side! After becoming pregnant at 17, Liz experiences the lowest and highest points; Neil reassesses what compromise in relationships means; and Valerie takes an intermission from performing yet finds the strength to rediscover herself. Three storytellers, three interpretations of The Bright Side, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

Episodes

  • The Bright Side: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Bright Side

    S4 E18 - 26m 30s

    Dark times in life are inevitable. What can we do? Look at the brighter side! After becoming pregnant at 17, Liz experiences the lowest and highest points; Neil reassesses what compromise in relationships means; and Valerie takes an intermission from performing yet finds the strength to rediscover herself. Three storytellers, three interpretations of The Bright Side, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • Silver Linings

    S4 E17 - 26m 30s

    When we miss out on the one thing we want most, the universe conspires to give us something extraordinary. Ronna pursues a Hollywood dream but discovers another possibility; Luis faces depression and struggles to find the light; and Jackie misses out on the lead for the school play but the curtain hasn’t fallen yet. Three stories, three interpretations of SILVER LININGS, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • Up in the Air: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Up in the Air

    S4 E16 - 26m 30s

    Some times we feel grounded. And other times, things up in the air can get scary until we touch down. COVID-19 delays Cris's path to citizenship and his civic duty; Rilda loses her beloved stuffed animal on an international trip; and Casandra, who is Black and deaf/blind, searches for the support she needs the most. Three storytellers, three interpretations of UP IN THE AIR, hosted by Wes Hazard.

  • Missed Connections: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Missed Connections

    S4 E15 - 26m 30s

    At times, it can be hard to relate. But a missed connection could be a chance for redemption. James tries to connect with his brother killed in the Vietnam War; Mustapha’s journey from Ghana to the US is full of long-distance connections; and after her mastectomy, Musu-kulla reconnects to the dating world. Three storytellers, three interpretations of MISSED CONNECTIONS, hosted by Wes Hazard.

  • Up Close and Personal: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Up Close and Personal

    S4 E14 - 26m 29s

    Everyone has their own personal space...but sometimes, we have to share it. Kurt finds space at a premium, even on the Appalachian Trail; Matthew’s blindness creates a unique hands-on museum tour; and Meghann connects with a friend despite her solitary confinement. Three storytellers, three interpretations of UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • Close Quarters: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Close Quarters

    S4 E13 - 26m 30s

    Sharing space with others can test our limits. And sometimes, bring us joy too. Chuck and his girlfriend learn that small spaces can make problems bigger; Mariela feels trapped in the safe space she created; and Áine battles her claustrophobia in a tiny recording booth. Three storytellers, three interpretations of CLOSE QUARTERS, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • All Mixed Up: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    All Mixed Up

    S4 E12 - 26m 28s

    When you live between two cultures, searching for your place in the world can be a journey. Harleen watches perceptions change based on the race of the man she’s dating; Mayowa asserts her Black identity, despite her light skin; and Samantha's mixed race friend shows her what life is like when assumptions are made. Three storytellers, three interpretations of ALL MIXED UP, hosted by Wes Hazard.

  • She Persisted: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    She Persisted

    S4 E11 - 26m 30s

    Through the whispers of doubt, nevertheless, they persisted. In Afghanistan, Mahboba journeys to her classroom against all odds; Crystal climbs the ladder of higher education, aided by some secret admirers; and Joan learns that it’s never too late to radically change her life. Three stories, three interpretations of SHE PERSISTED.

  • Good Kind of Trouble: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Good Kind of Trouble

    S4 E10 - 26m 30s

    The late John Lewis took pride in creating “good trouble” and standing up against unfairness. Maulian fights to ban "Indian" mascots in Maine schools; Ronald stands up for his integrated marriage; and Dr. Wanda’s boss pushes back against patients who don’t want to see her because of her name. Three stories, three interpretations of GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • Growing Up Black Part 2: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Growing Up Black Part 2

    S4 E9 - 26m 29s

    Growing up Black in America means cultural bonds, the struggle for visibility, and all too often, unearned judgement. Valerie teaches her students about Africa's greatest explorer; U-Meleni brings her son to a protest of George Floyd’s death; and Harold shows how fear of the police affects his everyday life. Three stories, three interpretations of GROWING UP BLACK PART 2, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • Love Hurts: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Love Hurts

    S4 E8 - 26m 29s

    Why isn't it easy to find the right person to love? No one knows the right answer, but with every misstep, we learn to keep searching. Nimisha breaks her parents’ rules and dates outside her Indian culture; Max García learns to interpret the secret language of love; and Lauren's broken heart is held together by one hundred women in rural Colorado.

  • Mi Familia: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mi Familia

    S4 E7 - 26m 29s

    Families are made of unique individuals with different takes on life. What binds them together is love. El, a non-binary comedian, comes out to their conservative father; Sarah confronts the notion of being “illegal” when she meets her boyfriend’s family; and Nestor is reminded of a family separation deep in his past. Three stories, three interpretations of MI FAMILIA, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

Extras + Features

  • The Bright Side | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Bright Side | Promo

    S4 E18 - 29s

    Dark times in life are inevitable. What can we do? Look at the brighter side! After becoming pregnant at 17, Liz experiences the lowest and highest points; Neil reassesses what compromise in relationships means; and Valerie takes an intermission from performing yet finds the strength to rediscover herself. Three storytellers, three interpretations of The Bright Side, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • Silver Linings | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Silver Linings | Promo

    S4 E17 - 30s

    When we miss out on the one thing we want most, the universe conspires to give us something extraordinary. Ronna pursues a Hollywood dream but discovers another possibility; Luis faces depression and struggles to find the light; and Jackie misses out on the lead for the school play but the curtain hasn’t fallen yet. Three stories, three interpretations of SILVER LININGS, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • Up in the Air | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Up in the Air | Promo

    S4 E16 - 30s

    Some times we feel grounded. And other times, things up in the air can get scary until we touch down. COVID-19 delays Cris's path to citizenship and his civic duty; Rilda loses her beloved stuffed animal on an international trip; and Casandra, who is Black and deaf/blind, searches for the support she needs the most. Three storytellers, three interpretations of UP IN THE AIR, hosted by Wes Hazard.

  • Missed Connections | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Missed Connections | Promo

    S4 E15 - 30s

    At times, it can be hard to relate. But a missed connection could be a chance for redemption. James tries to connect with his brother killed in the Vietnam War; Mustapha’s journey from Ghana to the US is full of long-distance connections; and after her mastectomy, Musu-kulla reconnects to the dating world. Three storytellers, three interpretations of MISSED CONNECTIONS, hosted by Wes Hazard.

  • Up Close and Personal | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Up Close and Personal | Promo

    S4 E14 - 30s

    Everyone has their own personal space...but sometimes, we have to share it. Kurt finds space at a premium, even on the Appalachian Trail; Matthew’s blindness creates a unique hands-on museum tour; and Meghann connects with a friend despite her solitary confinement. Three storytellers, three interpretations of UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • Close Quarters | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Close Quarters | Promo

    S4 E13 - 30s

    Sharing space with others can test our limits. And sometimes, bring us joy too. Chuck and his girlfriend learn that small spaces can make problems bigger; Mariela feels trapped in the safe space she created; and Áine battles her claustrophobia in a tiny recording booth. Three storytellers, three interpretations of CLOSE QUARTERS, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • All Mixed Up | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    All Mixed Up | Promo

    S4 E12 - 30s

    When you live between two cultures, searching for your place in the world can be a journey. Harleen watches perceptions change based on the race of the man she’s dating; Mayowa asserts her Black identity, despite her light skin; and Samantha's mixed race friend shows her what life is like when assumptions are made. Three storytellers, three interpretations of ALL MIXED UP, hosted by Wes Hazard.

  • She Persisted | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    She Persisted | Promo

    S4 E11 - 30s

    Through the whispers of doubt, nevertheless, they persisted. In Afghanistan, Mahboba journeys to her classroom against all odds; Crystal climbs the ladder of higher education, aided by some secret admirers; and Joan learns that it’s never too late to radically change her life. Three stories, three interpretations of SHE PERSISTED.

  • Good Kind of Trouble | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Good Kind of Trouble | Promo

    S4 E10 - 30s

    The late John Lewis took pride in creating “good trouble” and standing up against unfairness. Maulian fights to ban "Indian" mascots in Maine schools; Ronald stands up for his integrated marriage; and Dr. Wanda’s boss pushes back against patients who don’t want to see her because of her name. Three stories, three interpretations of GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • Growing Up Black Part 2 |Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Growing Up Black Part 2 |Promo

    S4 E9 - 30s

    Growing up Black in America means cultural bonds, the struggle for visibility, and all too often, unearned judgement. Valerie teaches her students about Africa's greatest explorer; U-Meleni brings her son to a protest of George Floyd’s death; and Harold shows how fear of the police affects his everyday life. Three stories, three interpretations of GROWING UP BLACK PART 2, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

  • Love Hurts | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Love Hurts | Promo

    S4 E8 - 30s

    Why isn't it easy to find the right person to love? No one knows the right answer, but with every misstep, we learn to keep searching. Nimisha breaks her parents’ rules and dates outside her Indian culture; Max García learns to interpret the secret language of love; and Lauren's broken heart is held together by one hundred women in rural Colorado.

  • Mi Familia | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mi Familia | Promo

    S4 E7 - 30s

    Families are made of unique individuals with different takes on life. What binds them together is love. El, a non-binary comedian, comes out to their conservative father; Sarah confronts the notion of being “illegal” when she meets her boyfriend’s family; and Nestor is reminded of a family separation deep in his past. Three stories, three interpretations of MI FAMILIA, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

Schedule

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    Stories from the Stage

    Experience

    Monday
    Aug 2

    30 Minutes

    Tellers relay their stories.
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    Stories from the Stage

    Experience

    Tuesday
    Aug 3

    30 Minutes

    Tellers relay their stories.
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    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Experience

    Tuesday
    Aug 3

    30 Minutes

    Tellers relay their stories.
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    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Experience

    Friday
    Aug 6

    30 Minutes

    Tellers relay their stories.
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    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Experience

    Friday
    Aug 6

    30 Minutes

    Tellers relay their stories.
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    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Family Business

    Monday
    Aug 9

    30 Minutes

    Three stories about family include a woman who learns the good and the bad about working with her spouse, a man's relationship with his mother, and a man who rebels against the life plan his father laid out for him.
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    Stories from the Stage

    Family Business

    Tuesday
    Aug 10

    30 Minutes

    Three stories about family include a woman who learns the good and the bad about working with her spouse, a man's relationship with his mother, and a man who rebels against the life plan his father laid out for him.
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    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Family Business

    Tuesday
    Aug 10

    30 Minutes

    Three stories about family include a woman who learns the good and the bad about working with her spouse, a man's relationship with his mother, and a man who rebels against the life plan his father laid out for him.
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    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Family Business

    Friday
    Aug 13

    30 Minutes

    Three stories about family include a woman who learns the good and the bad about working with her spouse, a man's relationship with his mother, and a man who rebels against the life plan his father laid out for him.
  • Image
    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Family Business

    Friday
    Aug 13

    30 Minutes

    Three stories about family include a woman who learns the good and the bad about working with her spouse, a man's relationship with his mother, and a man who rebels against the life plan his father laid out for him.
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    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Next Stop

    Monday
    Aug 16

    30 Minutes

    Three stories about how a change of place can transform one's perspective and life, including how a bathroom remodel transports a woman to her childhood in Medellin, Colombia, during the drug war of the 1980s.
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    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Next Stop

    Tuesday
    Aug 17

    30 Minutes

    Three stories about how a change of place can transform one's perspective and life, including how a bathroom remodel transports a woman to her childhood in Medellin, Colombia, during the drug war of the 1980s.
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    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Next Stop

    Tuesday
    Aug 17

    30 Minutes

    Three stories about how a change of place can transform one's perspective and life, including how a bathroom remodel transports a woman to her childhood in Medellin, Colombia, during the drug war of the 1980s.

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