The Moth StorySLAMs are steadily spreading all over the map, gathering people and stories from all over the country. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston have multiple shows each month. The Moth is open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s posted theme. The brave of heart, or those with stories they’re aching to tell, prepare personal, true tales. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. Each person has just five minutes! The ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each StorySLAM generates a StorySLAM winner. After ten SLAMs, the winners face off in our GrandSLAM Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just enjoy the show!
August 14, 2018: DESTINY
Prepare a five-minute story about something you feel was meant to be. Destined for greatness or not-so-greatness, fated to marry the girl next door, win the lottery or become a lumberjack.
August 21, 2018: BUSINESS
Prepare a five minute story about professional dealings. Selling out or buying in. Exciting ventures, risky arrangements and blind ambition. Breaking eggs to make omelets, stabbing backs to get ahead and creative solutions to integrating work and humanity.
October 23, 2018: DISGUISES
Prepare a five-minute story about your undercover self, about obscuring the real you- with a fake mustache, a nurse’s uniform, a cloak, a girdle or a giant hotdog costume. Mental disguises, like the Ph.D. you earned to appease your mother; or the “sensitive guy” persona you put on to get with the ladies. Undercover cops and chameleons. Pranks and mistaken identities. Wolves gussied up like lambs and lambs tarting-it-up to pass as mutton. The Trojan Horse, The Mighty Oz and now you!
November 20, 2018: BEGINNINGS
Prepare a five-minute story about a beginning. Dawn, step one, day one, birth or re-birth. Initiations and inaugurations. Tabula rasa. A new leaf, a new loft, a puppy, a job, parole. New car smell. A makeover so magical your own mama don’t know you! Quantum hops, burning and building bridges, cleaning house, pulling up roots or a fresh coat of paint. Your nouveau reach. A blank sheet of paper…
December 18, 2018: JOY
Prepare a five-minute story about an experience that brought you utter delight, or a time you were able to provide it for somebody else. Glee, euphoria, eureka…a random act of kindness, a brand new car with a ribbon on it or a compassionate ear and a hot cup of soup for a hungry soul…things that make you bellow, ala Jimi Hendrix, “You make my heart sing!”
The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Through its ongoing programs – The Moth Mainstage, The Moth StorySLAMs, MothSHOP Corporate and MothSHOP Community Education Program- The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth podcast is downloaded more than one million times a month, and the sixth season of the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, will air this fall on radio stations nationwide. www.themoth.org
Doors for the Moth open at 7PM. Due to The Moth’s policies, all seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis and the saving of seats is prohibited. We cannot guarantee that patrons who arrive after the house opens will be able to sit together, and as there are a limited number of seats some patrons will be placed in the Standing Room Only area. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals.