Beloved storytelling nonprofit “The Moth” – the force behind the popular The Moth Radio Hour, heard on 450 public radio stations nationwide, and “The Moth” podcast, which is downloaded over 45 million times a year – will return to Mesa Arts Center on Friday, Jan. 27 for a 7:30 p.m. event.
“The Moth” presents true, personal stories by luminaries in the arts and sciences, as well as an astronaut, an undertaker, a voodoo priestess and a retired NYPD detective, among many others. Each show is composed of simple, old-fashioned storytelling on thoroughly modern themes, by wildly divergent raconteurs; every story is told live on stage, without notes. Directed by Catherine McCarthy and hosted by Dame Wilburn, the two-hour show will feature five storytellers including David Montgomery (Los Angeles), Jared Stevenson (Mesa), Bess Stillman (Arizona), Enrique García Naranjo (Tucson), and one more to be announced.
“We are so excited for ‘The Moth Mainstage’ to return to Mesa Arts Center this season after their sell-out event in 2016,” said Randy Vogel, director of theaters at Mesa Arts Center. “Inspired by fire-side stories, the intimate, true stories told by ‘The Moth’ tellers make for a moving and inspiring evening. It is our hope that many people will fall in love with storytelling all over again at ‘The Moth.’”
“The Moth” was founded in 1997 by writer George Dawes Green, who was raised in Georgia. He wanted to bring to the stage the feeling of sitting on the porch on warm summer evenings with good friends, long after dinner has ended, and sharing stories late into the night while moths flit around the lights. With more than 3,000 stories told to standing-room-only crowds, “The Moth” has evolved over the years – but still remains dedicated to the art of first-person storytelling.
Additional speaking performances in the 2017 Performing Live series at Mesa Arts Center include Annabelle Gurwitch on Feb. 10 and “An Evening with Neil Gaiman” on April 1. Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main Street in downtown Mesa. Tickets to “The Moth” are $35-45 and available at mesaartscenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500.