Adam Gopnik, photo by Sara Stacke.

Byham Theater

September 30
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; stories begin at 7:30 p.m.

Dameon Wilburn. Photo by Jason Falchook.

Storytelling is as old as the hills, is in our DNA and is perhaps the most powerful form of human communication and connection. The best place to experience the thrill of a great story told live? The Moth Mainstage.

By now you’ve heard the buzz, so when bestselling author, essayist and commentator Adam Gopnik takes the stage and grabs the mic to host the next installment of the storytelling phenom, you need to make sure you’ve got a seat at the Byham. Bringing all of the raconteur revelry to downtown’s Cultural District on Wednesday, September 30th, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures presents, Tangled Up: The Moth in Pittsburgh.

Danusia Trevino. Photo by Jason Falchook.

How’s it all work? Every Moth show starts with a theme, showcases a famed host and five tellers and includes a lively musician serving as timekeeper. With Gopnik steering the storytelling ship, the multisensory show will feature five charismatic story weavers–all sharing evocative tales of being “turned around and twisted in knots, caught in a tangle of lies or getting the story straight.”

Kate Braestrup

Joining Gopnik at the mic in Pittsburgh will be an all-star lineup of luminaries, including: author, chaplain and Mainer Kate Braestrup, Harlem-based award-winning actress, playwright and musician Danusia Trevino, internationally bestselling novelist Matthew Dicks, Pittsburgh-based teacher, writer, comedian and storyteller David Montgomery, and community educator Dame Wilburn of Detroit.

With a career spanning 30-plus years at The New Yorker, Gopnik has written hundreds of essays, as well as fiction and humor. His numerous books range from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels. Recipient of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters medal, three National Magazine Awards for Essays and for Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, Gopnik was born in Philadelphia in 1956 and raised in Montreal.

Grab tickets now, because this event is consistently a sell-out and there are only a handful left. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Stories begin at 7:30 p.m.

Can’t make it to the event, or craving more stories? Check out The Moth podcast (downloaded some 27 million times a year!) and tune into the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour, which is produced by Jay Allison and airs weekly on 400 radio stations nationwide.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...