The Moth brings live storytelling to Milwaukee
One lucky Milwaukee "everyman" will get on stage and yack alongside some notables
The art of storytelling is as old as language, but these days demonstrations of the oral tradition are few. Sure, everyone tells stories, every day, but how many of them are spellbinding, universal, and meaningful? A good storyteller is golden and rare. Understanding this, New York group The Moth began hosting storytelling events in 1997, and it has been gaining popularity ever since, selling out theaters and inspiring a forthcoming National Public Radio show. Now, 12 years later, The Moth is making its way to Milwaukee for a night of tales at Turner Hall Ballroom on June 6.
Moth participants unravel 10-minute autobiographical yarns without notes or sneaky teleprompters; past storytellers have included Moby, Lili Taylor, and Ethan Hawke. The Moth In Milwaukee will feature Madison's Tom Farley (Chris Farley's brother), Andy Borowitz as host, a couple of veteran New York storytellers, and you.
Well, maybe you. To fill the final slot in the line-up, The Moth is looking for a Milwaukee everyman (or everywoman) to get on stage and tell his or her tale. To nominate a stellar storyteller, send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org including the person's name, why they should win, and a little about their story by May 15.