Win Tickets ($36): Portland Story Theater presents Urban Tellers® Immigrant and Refugee Edition @ The Old Church | Featuring Real, True Stories From Portland

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Urban Tellers® Immigrant and Refugee Edition @ The Old Church on April 6. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, April 2.


From our sponsors:
Portland Story Theater presents
Urban Tellers® Immigrant and Refugee Edition

April 6, 2018
21+ | 7 pm Social Hour with Live Jazz and Drinks when the doors open
$15 advance, $18 day of show, $5 PDX Arts for All

The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Avenue (11th and Clay) in Portland

Albert Einstein knew what he was talking about when he said “all that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.” That’s exactly what we’re doing at Portland Story Theater: giving individuals an opportunity to develop as people, to tell their stories and to be heard. The stories that people tell at Portland Story Theater’s Urban Tellers® are personal narratives shaped by the truth of the present moment.

We are thrilled to be creating a very special edition of Urban Tellers® on April 6th that features the real, true stories of immigrants and refugees now living in Portland, Oregon. Our goal is to address the ‘othering’ that has escalated in our country, by humanizing and building connection within our urban community. Portland Story Theater is very excited to have Mexico (Enrique Andrade), India (Preethi Srinivas), China (Qin Xia), Ethiopia (Nyimoch Chuol Wel), China (Jiao Liu), and Guatemala (Bernal Cruz) represented. This Urban Tellers® is scheduled for April 6th at The Old Church Concert Hall, located at 1422 SW 11th Avenue (at SW Clay). The doors open at 7 pm. The bar will be open and there will be live jazz from Tonight’s Special. Stories start promptly at 8 pm.

The increasingly acerbic, anti-immigrant language running rampant in our own community and around the world has convinced us that now is a perfect time to celebrate and support immigrants and refugees by hearing their stories. These narratives will enrich our community by helping us realize the humanity we share with our immigrant and refugee neighbors. This special edition furthers Portland Story Theater’s vision of “changing the world, one story at a time.” Our purpose is not to set immigrants and refugees apart as a separate segment of society; our purpose is to show that immigrants and refugees are ordinary people, like everyone else, with the same hopes and dreams and feelings. Through our personal stories, we strive to show that we are all one family, sharing the human experience. There is no us and them; only us. For that reason, we have not required the participants to tell their immigrant and refugee stories; they are free to tell personal stories about anything that has meaning for them. A theme that ties all the stories together will emerge organically within the group as the stories develop and take shape.

Every show is hosted by Portland Story Theater founders, Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy, who always deliver a dynamic show. Funny. Touching. Often surprising.

Portland Story Theater, Inc.Portland Story Theater is a 501(c)3 and was launched in 2004 to bring the urban community together to hear and tell true stories that stimulate the mind and rouse the heart. Portland Story Theater uses a unique collaborative approach to co-create story theater that is drawn from real-life experiences. Authentic. Honest. Urban. Portland Story Theater is building empathy, compassion and understanding by transforming our community narrative, one story at a time.

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28 Responses to Win Tickets ($36): Portland Story Theater presents Urban Tellers® Immigrant and Refugee Edition @ The Old Church | Featuring Real, True Stories From Portland

  1. Cath March 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    I’d love to hear the stories

  2. Gisela March 19, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

    I would enjoy an event with great stories that impact our community.

    • PDX Story Theater March 20, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

      Dear Gisela, Yes, it has a definite impact on our community. Good luck!

  3. Valerie March 20, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful and thoughtful event, I love hearing the stories of others’ journeys and experiences, and would love a chance to see this show.

  4. Collin Foster March 20, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

    I won before but couldn’t go. My buddy loved it though so I need redemption. Redemption I say!

  5. david March 22, 2018 at 9:12 am #

    these are always purely magical, and i discover so much about what i either knew nothing about, or thought i knew something about. as a non-immigrant in these agitated anti-immigrant times, i would relish the opportunity to hear their stories.

  6. Vanessa March 22, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    Story tellers are so influential within our communities. They inspire others to make changes, and they have the capacity to change lives. I would love to learn more about how immigrant stories are told so that I myself can tell the story of my parents for future generations!

  7. marco March 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    Nearly all of us come from somewhere else.

    We’ve heard plenty enough talk ABOUT us.

    The Portland Story Theater now lets US talk about our place here.

    Many voices, many hands weave this American quilt.

  8. Shaunna Sutcliffe March 22, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    I’d love to hear these reali life stories

    • PDX Story Theater March 23, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

      Dear Shaunna, Yes, real life stories from the people of Portland.

  9. Lee Widener March 22, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

    i’VE BEEN ENJOYING pORTLAND sTORY tHEATER’S SHOWS. Would love to go again!

    • PDX Story Theater March 23, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

      Hi Lee, We appreciate your support. Hope to see you again. Good luck!

  10. Kathy Rankin March 26, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

    Id like to bring someone who is anti immigrant to change their viewpoints!

    • PDX Story Theater April 1, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

      Dear Kathy, Sounds like a tall order but best of luck to you on that… Maybe you’ll be a winner. Good luck!

  11. Jonathan March 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    This is an amazing equity/arts/empathy project!

  12. Kendra Hogue March 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    I recently joined the volunteer editorial team at The Immigrant Story ((
    I’ve felt angry and helpless in the last year, as I watched our federal government attack immigrant rights, entry for refugees who have waited years to come here – and DACA kids who have been promised I wanted to contribute in a tangible way. Editing the stories is my way of walking the talk.
    The stories immigrants tell put a real face on what has become a political issue.These are our neighbors, our co-workers, the schoolmates of our children. In so many ways, immigrants are just like us.
    >>>Oh yeah, and I would love to come to your event, but I’m strapped for $<<<
    Thank you for your efforts on this important issue. Cheers

    • PDX Story Theater April 1, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

      Dear Kendra, Thank you for all of your good words and your good work. Maybe we’ll see you at this show… Best of luck!

  13. Laura March 27, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

    I’d love to take my mom to this.

  14. W March 27, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

    This sounds incredible!

    • PDX Story Theater April 1, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

      Yes, it is going to be… we’ve heard the stories and they are INCREDIBLE. Good luck!

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