There’s a story (some argue it’s a myth) about Ernest Hemingway and his mastery of storytelling. As the legend goes, Hemingway is in a bar where someone bets him that he can’t tell a compelling story using only 6 words. Hemingway thinks for a minute and then scrawls this onto a napkin:
For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn
Impressive. And though it might be an urban myth – it’s never really been proven or disproven – I don’t really care. The truth is it’s a great example of powerful, economical storytelling (no matter who came up with it!).
And storytelling is what you’ll hear on The Moth. It’s people getting up onstage in an intimate setting and captivating audiences with powerful, true stories that can be funny, dramatic, emotional and always entertaining.
The Moth was founded in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green who strove to recreate in New York the tradition of sharing stories just as he did with his friends on a porch in Georgia. The first Moth show was in Green’s New York living room.That didn’t last long as the event grew and was soon moved into nearby theatres.
Now it’s held in packed venues not only in New York but around the world, where it’s recorded and shared on radio and in podcasts.
You can hear the Moth on Roundhouse every Thursday night at 9am and Saturdays at 1pm…and Saturday May 20th, you can see The Moth live in Vancouver at the Vogue Theatre. I’ll be there to welcome the crowd and introduce the Moth’s emcee Dan Kennedy.
If you aren’t able to make it, there’s also Vancouver’s own The Flame storytelling series which happens the first Wednesday of the month at The Cottage Bistro (their season finale is June 7th!).
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