Having spurred a revival in oral storytelling in New York City, The Moth is bringing the world’s oldest art form to Milwaukee June 6 for a one-night-only performance at Turner Hall Ballroom. Hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by The Wall Street Journal, The Moth is an acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to the art of storytelling.
The Moth in Milwaukee will feature five storytellers each telling a personal ten-minute story, hosted by The New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz. The stories will be true stories from the storytellers’ lives told on stage, without notes. The storyteller line-up will include Tom Farley, two Moth tellers from New York, a Milwaukee “everyman” (or woman), and an additional national teller yet to be named.
Milwaukeeans are invited to nominate the “everyman” teller now through May 15. One winner will be chosen as the evening’s fifth storyteller. Nominations should be brief and include the proposed storyteller’s name, why the person is being nominated, and a short synopsis of the story they have to tell. Entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“With the continuing rise of technology and recent uncertainty of our economic climate, we’ve found people across the country are clamoring to make more meaningful connections. There is nothing more raw, primal, and universal than a really good story,” said Lea Thau, The Moth executive and creative director. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to extend our mission to the Midwest, and to include the local community in the storyteller selection process.”
Since The Moth’s inception in 1997, countless people have listened to more than 3,000 stories told by people from all walks of life – from Moby, Sam Shepard, Ethan Hawke, and Lili Taylor to a fire fighter, pickpocket, and a hot dog-eating champion. Interest in The Moth’s unique concept continues to grow, with frequent sold-out crowds for regular events in New York and Los Angeles. Because of this significant surge and demand for storytelling, The Moth plans to continue expansion of its shows nationally. This effort includes traveling the Moth Mainstage to cities like Milwaukee and expanding the Moth StorySLAM currently existing in New York and Los Angeles to eight additional cities by 2010. A Moth radio hour will launch this fall on NPR stations across the country, including Wisconsin Public Radio.
Tickets for the June 6, 8 p.m. The Moth in Milwaukee evening are just $12 and available via www.themoth.org. Audiences are encouraged to purchase tickets early, as every one of The Moth’s Mainstage shows has sold out. The Moth in Milwaukee is presented by The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, and is supported by media partners Wisconsin Public Radio (heard in Milwaukee on 90.7 WHAD-FM and HD) and WUWM 89.7FM - Milwaukee Public Radio.
For more information about The Moth, or to sign up to get a free story weekly via the Moth Podcast, named “#2 new podcast of the year” by iTunes in 2008, visit www.themoth.org.
About Tom Farley
Tom Farley is Managing Director of Farley BDG and the President of The Chris Farley Foundation, named for his younger brother, the late actor and comedian. In 2008 he co-authored The New York Times bestselling book, The Chris Farley Show, a Biography in Three Acts (Viking Press). He returned to his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin in 2004 and lives there now with his wife Laura and their three teenage children. He currently serves on the Madison Arts Commission and Madison’s Alcohol License Review Committee, and he leads the Madison area Leadership Team for The Nature Conservatory. Tom has served on the board of the Madison Repertory Theater and the Dane County Human Services Board.
About Andy Borowitz
Andy Borowitz (host) is a comedian, actor and writer whose work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and at Newsweek.com. He is the first winner of the National Press Club’s humor award and has won seven Dot-Comedy Awards for his website, borowitzreport.com. He has appeared on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday, CNN’s American Morning, VH1’s Best Week Ever and has acted in the films Marie and Bruce, starring Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick, and Melinda and Melinda, starring Will Ferrell and directed by Woody Allen. He is the author of five humor books, including Who Moved My Soap?: The CEO’s Guide to Surviving in Prison, and The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers, a 2005 Finalist for the Thurber prize for American Humor.
About The Moth
The Moth was founded in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, when moths would attract to the light on the porch where he and his small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales. The first Moth event was held in George’s East Village living room and the story events quickly spread to larger venues throughout Manhattan. People from all walks tell real stories from their lives with no notes and every show in The Moth’s history has sold out – most within 48 hours. In 2006-2007, The Moth produced a successful ten city national tour. In 2008, The Moth podcast was launched and spent one month at number one on iTunes. Today, The Moth conducts six ongoing programs – The Moth Mainstage, open-mic Moth StorySLAMs, MothSHOP Community Program (which brings storytelling workshops free of charge to underserved populations), The Moth on the Road, MothSHOP Corporate, and the annual Moth Ball – and has brought more than 3,000 live stories to millions of listeners the world over.
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