THE MOTH

The Moth is true stories, told live and without notes. The Moth celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. It seeks to present recognized storytellers among established and emerging writers, performers and artists and to encourage storytelling among communities whose stories often go unheard.

HEADQUARTERS: New York City

ESTABLISHED: 1997

HISTORY: The Moth began on a back porch in small-town Georgia, where our founder—poet and best-selling novelist George Dawes Green— would spend sultry summer evenings swapping spellbinding tales with a small circle of friends. There was a hole in the screen, which let in moths that were attracted to the light, and the group started calling themselves “The Moths.” When he moved to New York City, George wanted to recreate the feeling of those nights in his adopted city. The first New York Moth event was held in George’s living room. But word spread fast, and the events soon moved to cafes and clubs throughout the city—and soon to popular venues throughout the country and beyond. Since its founding, The Moth has presented more than fifteen thousand stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

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PERFORMANCE DATES

Animals Aug 26, 2019 7:30 pm
Lessons Sept 9, 2019 7:30 pm
Spooky Oct 21, 2019 7:30 pm
Gratitude Nov 4, 2019 7:30 pm
Family Dec 2, 2019 7:30 pm

Animals
ANIMALS: Prepare a five-minute story involving creatures great or small from the glorious animal kingdom. Scaly, furry, feathered. The hunted or the pampered. The feared or the cuddled! Man’s best friend or foe. Roadkill, pests and party animals welcome too.

Lessons
LESSONS: Prepare a five-minute story about those hard-learned lessons. From the streets or the schoolhouse. Moments of enlightenment. Whether from trial-and-error or trial-by-fire, we want to hear about your “aha!” moment. You learn something new every day — but some lessons are harder than others.

Spooky
SPOOKY: Prepare a five-minute story about the moments that made your heart race. Jump up from your seat or hide under the covers. Be it Casper or spider. From butterflies to terror, reveal what makes you uneasy. Shaking in your boots or confronting it head on. A time you wish you could call Scooby and the gang…

Gratitude
GRATITUDE: Prepare a five-minute story about blessings you can count or the ones in disguise. The times you looked a gift horse in the mouth or thanked your lucky stars.  A wave of relief, a favor just for you, a hand to hold when you need it most.

Family
FAMILY: Prepare a five-minute story about your kin, your clan, the people that made you. Awkward Thanksgiving dinners back home and last minute Friendsgivings in your cramped apartment. A chip off the old block or your neighbor down the block. Whether chosen or by blood, the folks that make you slam doors, pull your hair out, and feel like you belong.

RUNNING TIME

2 hours and 45 minutes
(including intermission)

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