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The Moth Mainstage

Friday, November 22, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Five diverse, unscripted storytellers share first-person tales that honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience as The Moth Mainstage makes its McCarter Theatre debut.

The Moth was founded in 1997 by poet and best-selling novelist George Dawes Green, who, after moving to New York City wanted to recreate the summer nights he and a circle of friends spent sharing spellbinding tales on his Georgia back porch where moths were attracted to the light. From Green’s living room, where the first New York Moth event was held, events soon moved to larger venues throughout the city, then to other areas of the country and beyond.

Since 2009, National Public Radio has presented the Peabody Award-winning “The Moth Radio Hour,” hosted by 500 stations with more than 1 million weekly listeners. A weekly podcast offered by The Moth provides free audio of stories from live Moth events and has more than 500,000 weekly downloads.

For ticketing information, please visit the McCarter Moth Mainstage page.

This program is co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center.

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Details

Date:
Friday, November 22
Time:
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.mccarter.org/season/2019-2020/pdps/the-moth-mainstage/

Venue

McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States
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Phone:
609-258-2787

Other

In-House Program Category
Event
In-House Program Category 2
NEH
Staff Contact
Hannah Schmidl, Janie Hermann
Setup Required
n/a
Summary
Five diverse, unscripted storytellers share first-person tales that honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience as The Moth Mainstage makes its McCarter Theatre debut.The Moth was founded in 1997 by poet and best-selling novelist George Dawes Green, who, after moving to New York City wanted to recreate the summer nights he and a circle of friends spent sharing spellbinding tales on his Georgia back porch where moths were attracted to the light. From Green’s living room, where the first New York Moth event was held, events soon moved to larger venues throughout the city, then to other areas of the country and beyond.Since 2009, National Public Radio has presented the Peabody Award-winning “The Moth Radio Hour,” hosted by 500 stations with more than 1 million weekly listeners. A weekly podcast offered by The Moth provides free audio of stories from live Moth events and has more than 500,000 weekly downloads.For ticketing information, please visit the McCarter Moth Mainstage page.This program is co-sponsored by the library and McCarter Theatre Center.Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Sponsors
McCarter Theatre Center
Series
None
Platforms for Promotion
Connections
Promotional Materials
Handbill (5.5 x 8.5)
Age Groups
All Ages
Notes
For over a decade, The Moth Podcast has consistently ranked at the top of the iTunes charts and has been downloaded by dedicated listeners 47 million times each year. New York’s “hottest and hippest literary ticket” makes its live McCarter debut in an evening of simple, old-fashioned storytelling.The Moth began on a back porch in small-town Georgia, where the 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. The Moth Mainstage is a live, curated event featuring five tellers who have developed and shaped their stories—it’s a community where entertainment and enlightenment emerge.
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Connections Section
Adults