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"Unwrapped" event to benefit Story House

Internationally acclaimed spoken-word artists Regi Carpenter and Noa Baum join forces for an evening of tinsel and lace, talking dolls and bendable Barbies, childhood secrets and unexpected blessings in a live virtual performance on November 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Unwrapped: Tales of Unexpected Gifts” is a rare joint appearance by two friends and master storytellers who draw on humor, close observation, and very different life experiences to speak to universal truths.

The performance is a fundraiser for Story House Ithaca, a new organization dedicated to bringing people together to share, study, create, and enjoy stories in all their forms. Story House Ithaca is a project of the Center for Transformative Action.

Baum, who was raised in Israel and now lives in Maryland, will perform “Dolls in My Pocket,” which weaves together elements of ancient folktales with a modern coming-of-age story. “The gifts in my story are complicated blessings from Jewish mothers and Baba Yaga the witch,” she explained.

Carpenter grew up in the Thousand Islands region of New York State and now lives in Ithaca, NY. Her story, “Bendable Barbies,” explores the secret desires and shifting expectations of a girl growing up in chaotic and often-challenging circumstances.

“I love this collaboration,” said Lesley Greene, co-director of Story House Ithaca. “What a treat to have two amazing storytellers coming together from different parts of the world to share their experiences.”

“This is a case where the sum really is greater than the parts,” added Carpenter. “Our stories are different, but I think they work beautifully together. And I know we’re both thrilled to support Story House.”

Regi Carpenter’s speeches, workshops, and solo shows have won acclaim around the world. Much of her work deals with spiritual and mental health needs. She is the founder of Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative dedicated to bringing songs of joy and stories of hope to grieving children and the people who love and care for them in homes, hospices, and hospitals.

Noa Baum is a storyteller, coach, writer, and public speaker whose work often addresses peace and social justice themes. She is the author of an award-winning memoir, A Land Twice Promised: An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace.

“We’re honored, flattered, and tickled that Regi and Noa have chosen to support Story House,” said co-director Jonathan Miller. “For years, they’ve been doing just what we’re trying to do – bring people together around the power of stories.”

Tickets to “Unwrapped” are $20. You can purchase them at

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