The Byham Theater
Global storytelling sensation The Moth rolls back into town for its latest mainstage event at downtown’s Byham Theater. The fine art and creative craft of storytelling will take center stage during a night of raucous raconteuring revolving around the theme of “Between Worlds.”
Stories are best told and experienced live and in person, and no event embodies this more than The Moth. Convening a high-profile mix of local and international storytelling luminaries—along with a musician serving as timekeeper—and of course, one very charismatic host, it’s a not-to-miss literary happening.
Featured will be award-winning author and director, Adam Edmund Linn, whose recent work includes the satirical novel, American Sexy. Currently working on his memoir, Seeing Life—which explores the challenges of growing up without a father, going blind, and becoming a father himself—Linn has also penned essays for NPR and the Yum. His debut film, Smell the Light, screened at festivals around the world and on Canadian television.
Also telling tales will be Abbas Mousa, who emigrated to the U.S. from Iraq in 2009. Mousa now works as an economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce and is currently writing a memoir and two novels.
Joining Linn and Mousa will be audiologist and University of Pittsburgh professor Catherine Palmer, a Boston native who shares stories about “well-meaning parenting gone wrong, resulting in various adventures around the world.” Palmer is a frequent storyteller at Pittsburgh’s own Moth StorySLAM.
Not-to-miss at the mic will be NYC-based singer-songwriter Suzi Ronson, who is sure to share some top secret, personal stories about her storied career working “in various capacities for well-heeled individuals as a household manager, music producer and consultant in NYC, the Hamptons, Florida and the British Virgin Islands.”
Rounding out the lineup of talented tellers will be social services advocate, drummer, maker and mother Kelly e Parker, who began working with women and children at age 17. Founder of the “all wimmins drumming group Abafasi,” Parker has been performing for the past 10 years, opening for such acclaimed icons as Maya Angelou, Ngtozake Shange, and Angela Davis.
Serving as the night’s musician is Minnesota native Sena Jane Thompson, who began studying Suzuki violin at the young age of three. Thompson went on to study classical music, composition and jazz, and has toured with roots rock group The Urban Hillbilly Quartet and new music ensemble Anahada Nada. A songwriter, singer and keyboardist with the band Viola Formica, Thompson has also performed and recorded with Pittsburgh’s own Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra.
Providing the glue to hold the entire night together will be Moth host, Kate Tellers. A Brooklyn-based performer with Upright Citizens Brigade, Tellers grew up in Mt. Lebanon and has appeared in Off-Broadway productions. She is a writer with the Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy, and teaches everyone from eight-year-olds to Fortune 500 CEOs.
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