Our 2013-2014 season kicks off in less than a week in an evening with our favorite storytellers—The Moth. If you love stories and have yet to experience a Moth Mainstage event, you are missing out. And now’s your chance. It takes the concept of “true stories told live” and kicks it up a notch with compelling anecdotes from seasoned storytellers and Moth regulars.
Let’s have some fun with this performance and celebrate the theme of the event—Saints and Sinners. Like CAP UCLA, The Moth is a not-for-profit entity that relies on support from individuals, corporations and organizations to keep its spoken word art form going. Winemaker Apothic Wines has generously pledged an additional donation to The Moth for each audience member who shows up in all red or all white. Support The Moth by wearing white to express your saintly side, or red to revel in your devilish spirit.
Meanwhile, get to know the performers who will be with us in a few short days as we welcome The Moth. It’s a perfect way to get spoken word started in the new season.
Host: Dan Kennedy
Dan Kennedy is host of The Moth podcast and the author of Loser Goes First: My Thirty Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliationand Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, which The Times of London-named a Book of The Year. His new novel, “American Spirit,” has just been released. Kennedy is a longstanding contributor at McSweeneys.net, and his essays also appear in GQ magazine, and in several anthologies including The New Yorker humorist Ian Frazier’s collection, “Humor Me: An Anthology of Funny Contemporary Writing”. Of his latest book, The New York Times Book Review says, “Hilariously spot on. Neither the music business or Mr. Kennedy will ever be the same.”
Here’s Dan in action:
Hector Black was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Queens. He served in the army during World War II and graduated from Harvard in 1949. He worked in an interdenominational ministry in New Haven for one year, lived in a communal Christian community for eleven years, and later moved to an impoverished Atlanta neighborhood to work with Quakers. He founded Hidden Spring Nursery in rural Georgia and later moved the business to Tennessee, where he still lives with his family.
Here’s a really sweet interview with Hector:
Cindy Chupack is best known as an Emmy-winning TV writer/producer whose credits include Modern Family, Sex and the City and Everybody Loves Raymond. Author of New York Times bestseller “The Between Boyfriends Book,” her new comic memoir about marriage, “The Longest Date: Life as a Wife” will be published by Viking in Jan ’14. Currently, Cindy is writing a TV pilot based on “The Longest Date” for Fox, writing films and preparing to direct her first feature. For more info, visit www.cindychupack.com
Here’s Cindy at a Moth event way back in 2004:
Jillian Lauren is the author of the memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel Pretty. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine and Vanity Fair, among others. She has performed at spoken word and storytelling events across the country. She recently debuted her one-woman show, Mother Tongue. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
Here’s Jillian reading from her memoir, “Some Girls:”
Kemp Powers is a writer, editor, playwright, author and an occasional birdwatcher. He was a very angry and cynical young man who inexplicably grew into a happy and optimistic adult. His Bosc pear obsession has remained consistent throughout. A journalist for almost 20 years, he has told the stories of countless others in the pages of magazines and newspapers ranging from Esquire to Forbes. Now he tells tales much closer to home as a resident playwright at Los Angeles’ award-winning Rogue Machine Theatre company. His world premier play, “One Night in Miami…”, just enjoyed a hit run at the theater, and he is hard at work on his new play, “The Two Reds.”
Check out the Rogue Machine trailer for Kemp Powers “One Night in Miami..” which has been extended through Sept. 15.
Andrea Baker was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she began taking classical violin lessons at the age of eight. Andrea is equally comfortable playing both classical music and alternative music styles, including rock and blues, Scottish, and Turkish/Middle-Eastern music. Andrea has performed on national television with the reality show “America’s Next Great Band”, and has toured internationally with an indie-rock band as well as a theater troupe. She currently performs with a traditional Middle-Eastern ensemble, the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles and several other traditional ensembles, bands and music groups around the Los Angeles area.