February 7th, 2006

Ask and ye shall receive

A public shout out to my best friend from childhood, Catherine, for passing my TV questions for my WIP along to her generous friends. I am so grateful to all of you!

Catherine is the artistic director of The Moth: An Urban Storytelling Event, a New York organization founded by George Dawes Green. From their site:

"Everyone has a favorite ghost story, break-up story, or hard-luck story. These are the tales we trot out at cocktail parties or whisper into our lovers' ears in the dark. We blab them on the phone, sob them onto a friend's shoulder, tell them to our shrinks. But the one thing we never do is keep them to ourselves, because stories are, by their very nature, communal.

"Stories at The Moth. This series produces twelve events each season and has its home at The Players Club on Gramercy Park. Each event sells out in 48 hours or less, yet we continue to hold the shows in this relatively small venue with a capacity of 250 because we cherish the intimate atmosphere. A few times each year, The Moth travels to other venues in New York City and beyond, such as Central Park SummerStage and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.

"The shows are organized around a theme such as 'American Myths,' 'Scary Wedding Stories,' or 'Call of the Wild,' and feature five or six storytellers who each tell a ten-minute story. The format allows no script or notes, but does call for a well-crafted first-person narrative with a classic story structure. The storytellers develop their stories in collaboration with The Moth. After the shows, audience members and storytellers continue swapping stories over drinks and dinner. Beyond a mere theatrical experience, The Moth is an ever-growing community where entertainment, enlightenment and festivity merge."

Catherine has so much fun directing these storytellers! A typical line-up might include Ethan Hawke, a stay-at-home mom, Moby, a submarine captain from WWII, Terri Garr, and some guy who just got out of prison.

I have never been to The Moth (having a four-year-old limits my trips from Alabama to NYC somewhat), but I have listened to all their CDs, and they are spellbinding.

You should go!
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