the MOTH

i’ve been following the path of the MOTH for a few months after my sister introduced me to it.

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

it’s like crack for people in my profession, people who turn brands into stories and do it by listening to how people see themselves and the worlds around them.

this event needed some volunteers, and i have a habit of hand-raising, so here we are at the natural history museum in chicago after i worked at the front door checking people in from willcall.
MOTH Chicago

peter gallagher hosted and MC’ed
MOTH Chicago

judy gold is a famous stand-up comic; we hung out for a minute after the show and she was extremely gracious. she told a story about her kids’ coming of age in a jewish household with two mothers (which ended up being four mothers after she and her partner split and the kids had their respective bar mitzvahs)
MOTH Chicago

walter mosley writes fiction, nonfiction, science fiction, political satire, and young adult novels, he talked about changes he’s witnessed in racism and manhood.
MOTH Chicago

cindy chupack writes for “sex and the city” and talked about an ex-boyfriend and his coming out while they were living together as a couple
MOTH Chicago

joey kemmerling is a 16 year old who talked about his journey being openly gay in high school and going on to found The Equality Project
MOTH Chicago

and lastly, tim king is the founder of Urban Prep Academy. he talked about attaining a 100% acceptance rate for every young african-american male that attends Urban Prep schools around chicago he’s been hailed by bill clinton and oprah, and has been named Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine.
MOTH Chicago

afterwards we had a cocktail reception in the upstairs of the museum
MOTH Chicago

and i stalked peter gallagher a little. nothing embarrassing. just one photo and about three minutes trying to think of something to strike up a conversation over – couldn’t think of anything but he made sure to say goodnight to all the volunteers! total class act.
MOTH Chicago


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