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The Moth Mainstage (2014)

The Moth Mainstage (2014)

“New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” – The Wall Street Journal

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 15 million times a year, and the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, airs weekly on radio stations nationwide. The Moth: 50 True Stories, published by Hyperion, is available for pre-sale now at

The Moth Mainstage is beyond a mere theatrical experience, this flagship program features storytellers from: luminaries in the arts and sciences, newsmakers and news breakers, and everyday heroes (and even a few reformed villains!). Each show features five storytellers who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors. The Moth is an ever-growing community where entertainment, enlightenment and festivity merge. The Moth Mainstage is a staple of the literary and art scenes in New York City and Los Angeles, and also tours throughout the United States and abroad. On the road, favorite storytellers from past Moth shows share the stage with local voices.

Theme: Coming Home: The Moth in Portsmouth, hosted by Dan Kennedy

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Our Host

Dan Kennedy is a regular host of The Moth podcast, and told his first story on The Moth Mainstage over ten years ago. He is the author of Loser Goes First: My Thirty Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliation and Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, which The Times of London named a Book of The Year. Of his most recent book, American Spirit (2013), Publishers Weekly says, “The humor and struggle within contain a healing brand of cynicism” (Starred review). He is a longstanding contributor at the humor website, and his essays also appear in GQ magazine and several anthologies.

Our Storytellers

Tricia Rose Burt grew up in the South, where she was strongly encouraged to pursue business, marry a Southerner, raise children, and live below the Mason Dixon line. Attempts to lead that life backfired. She is now a writer, performer, and artist, and lives in Hancock, New Hampshire. She did get married, but her husband is from Ireland. They have a dog. You may have heard one of Tricia’s previous stories on The Moth Radio Hour or podcast. She is currently performing her autobiographical one-woman show, How to Draw a Nekkid Man (formerly I Will Be Good), in venues throughout the country. The show was presented at the 15th Annual FringeNYC and was selected as part of the FringeNYC Encore Series. She is writing a memoir based on the show while maintaining a weekly blog.  An award-winning visual artist, her work can be found in both private and corporate collections. A devoted member of The Moth, she encourages everyone to join.

KJ Dell’Antonia is the lead writer and editor of the Motherlode, The New York Times’ parenting blog. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four kids and assorted animals.

Hasan Minhaj is a comedian and actor in Los Angeles. He is the host of MTV’s Thursday night talk show Failosophy and stars in the latest season of Arrested Development on Netflix. His viral web series The Truth with Hasan Minhaj has been featured in countless publications including The Huffington Post, LA Times, Gawker, Best Week Ever, Perez Hilton, and US Weekly. He was a series regular on MTV’s improv comedy show Disaster Date, played the role of ‘Seth’ on ABC Family’s State of Georgia, and has been a panelist on E!’s Chelsea Lately. He still feels uncomfortable writing biographies about himself in the third person.

Walter “Walt” Pavlo is a nationally recognized speaker and the co-author of Stolen Without A Gun, which he co-wrote with Neil Weinberg (Editor-in-Chief at American Banker). Pavlo is currently a blogger for on white-collar crime and lectures regularly across the country on the topic. He has shared his insights on white-collar crime and prison on media outlets including NBC’s Today Show, Katie Couric Show, CNBC and FOX Business. Mr. Pavlo’s story has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, ABC Nightline, Today Show and National Public Radio.

Adam Wade is originally from New Hampshire. He’s an eighteen-time StorySLAM winner and two-time GrandSLAM Champion at The Moth. He’s been featured in the New York Times and Time Out New York, and he has been heard on the radio telling stories on The Moth Radio Hour, Snap Judgment and All Things Considered. He’s currently a senior web producer at UNICEF. You can find him online at Adam loves The Moth very much.

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