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Wayland Resident featured on national television series

Last week, professional poker player and Wayland resident Bernard Lee appeared on the national television series, Stories From The Stage, which is a collaboration of WORLD Channel, MassMouth and WGBH Events. Stories From The Stage illustrates the power of real stories told by masterful storytellers. Each episode presents original stories told live, explores the art of storytelling, with a host who interviews each teller talking about their craft. This episode’s theme was For The Win.

The series is featured on television, digital, podcast and Facebook Watch. Lee is New England’s top professional poker player and an active poker media personality. Lee was chosen to speak in front of a live audience and appeared in last night’s broadcast on WORLD Channel.

MassMouth finds talent for Stories from the Stage through multiple channels,” stated Cheryl Hamilton, MassMouth Director. “People pitch directly to us on our website, others are tellers who routinely perform on stage, and some, like Bernard, we specifically seek out. The focus for this episode was initially about sports, but we like to think outside the box. Poker is just as competitive and offered a unique twist, and so did Bernard’s story.”

Although he has appeared previously on television numerous times as a host, commentator and guest on multiple shows, Lee has never before engaged an audience as a storyteller. The experience was a first for Lee and he did not disappoint. “Bernard is a poker champion and TV commentator, but this was his first time on a stage telling a personal story before a live studio audience,” said Patricia Alvarado Núñez, Co-Executive Producer of Stories from the Stage.  “He worked hard to create a compelling story. We love to see first-time tellers, like Bernard, flourish on our stage.”

“This was an incredible experience for me and I have a profound respect for all of these storytellers,” Lee said. “I am very thankful to everyone associated with the show who worked with me on my story and helped bring the entire broadcast together. Being able to incorporate my deep run in the 2005 WSOP Main Event and my family made this truly an experience I will never forget.”

Bernard’s performance is online here.  The full show video (Bernard begins to appear at 9:40) is online here.

Press release submitted by Tara Gray

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