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A Soviet arrest, crashing a Bat Mitzvah and dropping out at age 14: Brookline storytellers help mark one-year anniversary of Brookline.News

The scene at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for last week's stories event. Photo by Artemisia Luk
May 21, 2024  Updated May 24, 2024 at 2:57 p.m.

Six Brookline storytellers came to the main stage at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Thursday, May 16 to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of Brookline.News.

Thanks to months of work by organizers Joanne Liautaud and Iris Adler and an army of volunteers, coaching by Stellar Story Company, and excellent MC work by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti, the sold-out crowd of 400-plus was entertained while helping to support our nonprofit news organization.

Click on each person’s name below to watch them tell their stories, or scroll to the bottom for video of the full event.

First up was Miranda Daniloff, who told the story of her brief, jarring moment of celebrity after her journalist father was arrested as an accused spy in the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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Pablo Tejedor Meyers, a Brookline High School senior, danced his way through a story about how he came to embrace his cherished Colombian identity.

Retired Huntington Theatre managing director Michael Maso chronicled his struggle to save the theater, while negotiating with developers, Boston University and the mayor of Boston.

Best-selling author Anita Diamant described the process of writing her most famous book, “The Red Tent,” as well as another one which hit very close to home.

Rick Fredkin brought gasps and laughs from the audience while talking about dropping out of Brookline schools at age 14 to pursue his tech career, which has flourished to this day.

And Ann Guo closed out the show with a hilarious, poignant tale about crashing a Bat Mitzvah as part of her healing challenge after suffering from postpartum depression.

For those who could not be there with us in person, you can enjoy the full show below: