Flirting With Disaster: The Moth In Jackson

Presented by The Center

The Center Presents
Flirting with Disaster: The Moth in Jackson
January 26 at 7PM
The Center Theater

$45-75 (plus $2 Vendini processing fee)

Flirting with Disaster: The Moth in Jackson

Join The Moth for stories from the razor's edge. Close calls and death-defying heroics. Taunting fate, laughing in the face of danger, or walking haplessly into the lion's den.

The Moth returns to The Center Theater for its third annual Mainstage performance. Since its launch in 1997, THE MOTH has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 20,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school students and adults in underserved communities through their Education and Community Programs. The Moth podcast is downloaded over 44 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour is heard on over 450 radio stations worldwide. The Moth’s first book, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hachette) was an international bestseller and its new book All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown from The Moth (Crown) will be released on March 21, 2017.


Terrance Flynn is a writer and psychotherapist who contributes to the Off Duty section of The Wall Street Journal. A chapter from his nearly-completed memoir, Dying To Meet You, earned a notable essay citation in Best American Essays. His memoir takes a darkly comic look at his own heart transplant, undergone shortly after Terrance watches a surrogate give birth to his baby girl. His fellowships include the MacDowell Colony, PEN Center USA, and most recently, Space on Ryder Farm. Other credits include Slice Magazine, The Normal School, and Creative Nonfiction among others. He grew up in a large, Irish Catholic family outside of Detroit, Michigan. He loves dead malls and all things shark-related.

David Litt graduated college in 2008, and wrote speeches for President Obama from 2011 to 2016. While at the White House he covered a wide variety of issues, from criminal justice reform to climate change to the minimum wage. For four years, David was also responsible for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, described as “The State of the Union of Jokes”. David left the speechwriting office in January 2016, and currently serves as the head writer/producer of Funny or Die’s office in Washington, DC. His memoir, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years, is available for pre-order and will be published by Ecco Press.

Cristina Briones Macías was born In Tlaxcala, Mexico and moved to the United States in 2001. A recent graduate of the Community Leadership Academy, sheworks cleaning houses and in her spare time engages with local community organizations, working to raise awareness about issues affecting the local Latin American community. She lives in Jackson with her four children.

Nina McConigley was born in Singapore and raised in Casper, Wyoming. Her short-story collection Cowboys and East Indians was the winner of the PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, and The Asian American Literary Review among others. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming and teaches at the University of Wyoming.

David Montgomery is a writer, comedian and storyteller based in Los Angeles. Trained in comedy by both a terrible childhood and the Upright Citizens Brigade, David has won multiple Moth StorySLAMS and has been featured on Risk! with Kevin Allison, The Moth Mainstage and True Story. He is the author behind the storytelling blog, where he tells the tales of terrible passengers. He also hosts the podcast, 2 Gays, No Girls, At A Pizza Place, available on iTunes. His solo storytelling show How The Queen Found His Crown has had sold-out runs in Los Angeles and in Pittsburgh, where it picked up the award for Audience Choice at the Fringe Festival. Videos of some of his stories can be seen at Potential titles for his work-in-progress memoir include War and Peace and How Am I Getting Away With This? But, he is certainly open to suggestions.


Tara Clancy is the author of The Clancys of Queens, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review Daily and The Nation. She is a Moth GrandSLAM winner and her stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, as well as NPR's Snap Judgment and Risk! More info at


Jennifer Ross has recently chosen to make Jackson Hole her permanent home after a long career as an orchestra player, chamber musician, teacher and soloist. She spent 20 years as Principal Second Violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, touring worldwide, recording, and performing as soloist. She has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Honolulu Symphony, and the L.A Chamber Orchestra. She is a founding member of Jackson Hole Chamber Music and performs regularly with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Ross is also a sought-after teacher, coaching and giving master classes at music festivals and universities across the country. Her connection to this valley began 36 years ago when she joined the Grand Teton Music Festival, where she continues to perform each summer. Like everyone else in this valley, she is obsessed with the mountains and grateful for the amazing community.

The Moth has no age minimum. That said, if you are thinking of bringing a young person, we encourage you to first consider the following:

Some of the tellers share raw and explicit stories that are meant for mature audiences and might include the use of occasional profanity.

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