Win Tickets ($40): Portland Story Theater Presents Urban Tellers Special Edition – Immigrant & Refugee @ The Old Church Concert Hall | Real, True Stories of the People of Portland

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Portland Story Theater Presents Urban Tellers Special Edition – Immigrant & Refugee @ The Old Church Concert Hall  on November 2. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, October 29.


From our sponsors:
Urban Tellers Special Edition – Immigrant & Refugee
November 2, 2018
8 p.m. | $15 ADV | $20 Doors | $5 Arts for All PDX
More info:

The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th (SW Clay & 11th)

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 another special edition of Urban Tellers® on November 2nd 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 storytellers from Venezuela (Victor Bencomo Acevedo), Nigeria (Onyeka Azike-Jones), India (Sankar Raman), Mexico (Ivan Hernandez Hernandez), Iraq (Israa Hasani), and Yemen (Wafa Almaktari).

This Urban Tellers® is scheduled for November 2nd 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.

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 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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32 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Portland Story Theater Presents Urban Tellers Special Edition – Immigrant & Refugee @ The Old Church Concert Hall | Real, True Stories of the People of Portland

  1. Rachel K October 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

    I would love to attend this storytelling evening because I’m an immigrant from Canada, a relatively easy place to immigrate here from. Since my immigration story was fairly straightforward and simple I have a difficult time identifying with the immigrant community (being a white girl from Canada) but I also don’t really identify with US citizens either. Hearing these stories and having them heard by others is so important! Oh – and also cause it would be a great date night with my spouse!

  2. James Njoroge October 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    As an Immigrant to this great country, I have first hand experience of the pros and cons of being an immigrant.
    Attending this event will give me ideas and tips on how best to keep living in this country yet establishing healthy and vibrant ways to integrate with my neighbors and countrymen in general.

    • PDX Story Theater October 15, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

      Dear James, We hope you will come (whether you win tickets or not!) Good luck!

  3. Michelle W. October 15, 2018 at 8:15 am #

    Would love to finally make it to one of these as I’ve heard great things!

  4. Monique October 15, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    My parents were refugees and I just immigrated to the US from Canada. I would love to listen to everyone’s stories.Thank you in advance.

  5. PDX Story Theater October 15, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    Dear Rachel, All good points to consider. Good luck!

  6. Peter Hope October 16, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    I thoroughly enjoyed myself when I attended the other story tellers event and your current subject strikes closer to my own experiences. Both my parents were immigrants from different countries. Often I’m assumed to be an immigrant and asked, ” what country are you from?”. I reply,” I’m from an island in the Atlantic Ocean…………the island of Loooong”. I stretch out the pronunciation so they don’t get ‘Long Island, New York right away.
    Maybe I should have saved that story in case I become a story teller.

    • PDX Story Theater October 19, 2018 at 10:39 pm #

      Dear Peter, Well you may tell that story yet… openings in our special Valentine’s 2/9 show and our Urban Tellers 3/1 show. Call for details. In the meantime, good luck!

  7. Daniela Ortiz October 16, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    I would love to go to this event. I moved to the states from Mexico years ago, and while many people I have encountered in pdx have been kind, I still encounter the ever-so-racist “quit transplanting here” attitude as well. I’d love to hear stories of other immigrants and what they have to face in their everyday lives.

  8. Jopey October 16, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

    I love the story telling community in this city. This seems like it’s going to be an especially poignant event, and I’d love to be there.

    • PDX Story Theater October 19, 2018 at 10:42 pm #

      Dear Jopey, Yes, we love our storytelling community. Good luck!

  9. Aleks October 18, 2018 at 8:36 am #

    Sounds cool

  10. jermey brill October 22, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

    sounds great

  11. Beth Shines October 23, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

    These stories need to be told and I’m so glad someone is doing it in our current climate. Thank you so much for putting yourselves out there. I would love to see this!

    • PDX Story Theater October 27, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

      Dear Beth, Most definitely. These stories need to be told. Good luck!

  12. Ben Larsen October 23, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

    I need to hear some good stories!

    • PDX Story Theater October 27, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

      Dear Ben, Don’t we all? And these stories are going to be good. Best of luck!

  13. Michelle W. October 24, 2018 at 7:15 am #

    I am always humbled & honored to hear stories from our immigrant & refugee community. Would love to attend this event.

  14. Hayley October 24, 2018 at 8:30 am #

    Would love to go

  15. serena October 24, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    our immigrant community does the most and we need to support them.

    • PDX Story Theater October 27, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

      Dear Serena, Yes, listening to their stories is a most excellent way to support people. Good luck!

  16. Heather October 26, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

    What an awesome event. I would love to win tickets!

  17. Eileen L Hawes October 27, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

    I am always fascinated by the personal stories of people I meet. I would love to listen, attend, engage, appreciate, and learn from all these stories by our community members, people of Portland who came from far away to call this place home…

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