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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