The Moth Story Tour Show is a change of pace for us. We're pretty pumped up about this event at our downtown theater. It's pretty unusual for a movie theater to host something like the Moth Story Tour but we feel like our crowd will really appreciate it.
What is The Moth?
The Moth, a not-for-profit storytelling organization, was founded in New York 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, where he and a small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales on his friend Wanda’s porch. After moving to New York, George missed the sense of connection he had felt sharing stories with his friends back home, and he decided to invite a few friends over to his New York apartment to tell and hear stories. Thus the first “Moth” evening took place in his living room. Word of these captivating story nights quickly spread, and The Moth moved to bigger venues in New York. Today, The Moth conducts six ongoing programs and has brought more than 2,000 live stories to over 60,000 audience members.
Why “The Moth?"
The screen around Wanda’s porch had a hole where moths would flutter in and get trapped in the light. Similarly, George and his friends found that the characters in their best stories would often find themselves drawn to some bright light—of adventure, ambition, knowledge—but then find themselves burned or trapped, leaving them with some essential conflict to face before the story could reach its conclusion. So George and his original group of storytellers called themselves “The Moths.” George took the name with him to New York, where he hoped that New Yorkers, too, would find themselves drawn to storytelling as moths to a flame. They did. With no advertising, through sheer word of mouth, every show to date has sold out in 48 hours or less.
THE MOTH STORY TOUR brings the back porch storytelling experience to the Alamo for one night only with a cast of distinguished yarn-spinners:
The Theme: Out on a Limb: Stories from the Edge
Host and Storyteller:
Jonathan Ames (author, Wake Up, Sir!, The Extra Man, recurring guest, The Late Show with David Letterman)
Ophira Eisenberg (stand-up comic, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, VH1's Best Week Ever)
Kelley Caleb Hunt (Austin local and winner of The Moth's What's Your Story contest on MySpace)
Edgar Oliver (author, The Man Who Loves Plants and a treasure of Bohemian New York)
Turk Pipkin (Austin local, author, Fast Greens, When Angels Sing and actor, Sopranos)
To find out more about the Moth see: The Moth.org.
Also check out the Moth's myspace page.
The event starts at 6:30 with drinks, greetings and salutations and the stories begin at 7:30. You can buy tickets by clicking here.