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Shelter-in-place leads to stories-on-stage

Storytelling show co-produced by Pleasanton resident celebrates one year

Pleasanton comedian Regina Stoops, along with Claire Hennessy of Novato, will celebrate the first anniversary of Six Feet Apart Productions, an online storytelling venue, with a free show livestreamed on YouTube at 6 p.m. this Monday (March 29).

From left: Six Feet Apart Productions co-producers Regina Stoops and Claire Hennessy. (Contributed photos)

The show will have interviews with some of the year's storytellers, highlights from shows and, of course, stories. Access the free show by going to www.sfapshows.com and clicking on the cake.

The two comedians started the online storytelling at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they recalled, armed only with a Zoom account, a sketchy internet connection, and the combined technical knowledge of an 8-year-old, determined to turn shelter-in-place into entertainment-in-place. Their goal was to present a mix of stories and storytellers, from the internationally known to those who have never told a story on stage before.

"I had no idea there was such a huge world of storytelling. The variety and the talent is amazing," Stoops said.

Throughout the year the site has promoted a diverse lineup of storytellers, with shows highlighting June Pride and Black Lives Matter. Many of the shows also served as fundraisers for nonprofit groups.

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"The silver lining in this pandemic has been being able to work with performers whom we would never have had the opportunity, if not for the virtual stage," Stoops said. "In an odd way, our world greatly expanded in spite of shelter in place."

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Shelter-in-place leads to stories-on-stage

Storytelling show co-produced by Pleasanton resident celebrates one year

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Sun, Mar 28, 2021, 11:53 am

Pleasanton comedian Regina Stoops, along with Claire Hennessy of Novato, will celebrate the first anniversary of Six Feet Apart Productions, an online storytelling venue, with a free show livestreamed on YouTube at 6 p.m. this Monday (March 29).

The show will have interviews with some of the year's storytellers, highlights from shows and, of course, stories. Access the free show by going to www.sfapshows.com and clicking on the cake.

The two comedians started the online storytelling at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they recalled, armed only with a Zoom account, a sketchy internet connection, and the combined technical knowledge of an 8-year-old, determined to turn shelter-in-place into entertainment-in-place. Their goal was to present a mix of stories and storytellers, from the internationally known to those who have never told a story on stage before.

"I had no idea there was such a huge world of storytelling. The variety and the talent is amazing," Stoops said.

Throughout the year the site has promoted a diverse lineup of storytellers, with shows highlighting June Pride and Black Lives Matter. Many of the shows also served as fundraisers for nonprofit groups.

"The silver lining in this pandemic has been being able to work with performers whom we would never have had the opportunity, if not for the virtual stage," Stoops said. "In an odd way, our world greatly expanded in spite of shelter in place."

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