Presented by The Center
The Center Presents
High Anxiety: The Moth in Jackson Hole
Hosted by Dan Kennedy
Sunday,January 29 at 7PM
The Center Theater
Tickets: $45-85 plus $2 Vendini processing fee
Noted storytelling nonprofit The Moth – the force behind the popular Moth Radio Hour, heard on 450 public radio stations nationwide, and the Moth podcast which is downloaded 44 million times a year – returns to Jackson Hole, WY on Sunday January 29. The theme of the night is “High Anxiety.”
The Moth presents true, personal stories by luminaries in the arts and sciences, as well as an astronaut, an undertaker, a voodoo priestess and a retired NYPD detective, among many others. Each show is composed of simple, old-fashioned storytelling on thoroughly modern themes, by wildly divergent raconteurs; every story is told live on stage, without notes.
Beyond theater, The Moth Mainstage is a community where entertainment and enlightenment merge.
Hosted by Moth regular Dan Kennedy, the two-hour live Jackson Hole show will feature five storytellers – Ray Christian, Andy Fischer-Price, Betsy Lamberson, Jessica Lee Williamson and others—sharing stories of sweaty palms and beating hearts.
Ray Christian was raised in Richmond, Virginia but ran away at age 17 to join the United States Army. There he served a number of capacities and assignments at home and abroad, primarily as an Infantryman and Paratrooper. He retired after 20 years of service as a combat decorated veteran and earned a BS in History, an MA in Public History and an EdS in Education Leadership. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education and teaches a course called “The Souls of Black Folks” at Appalachian State University. He is the father of six and loves fishing, food, scuba and pigeons. He is currently residing (hiding out) in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Watauga County, North Carolina.
Andy Fischer-Price is a musician and an actor who - for now - lives in Los Angeles. He plays bass and sings in the psychedelic rock group Smoky Knights, is a founding member of folk trio The Good Mad, and occasionally tours with pop-duo Heffron Drive. His most recent work as an actor includes playing a Christian rock singer on ABC's Modern Family and playing a woman in Cameron Fife's Killing Diaz, a dark comedy feature due out in 2017. Andy and his sister, Katie Rose, are currently working with San Diego nonprofit SherpaCares.org to rebuild the Himalayan English Boarding School in Lukla, Nepal after it was destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes. The new school will be dedicated to their late father, Seattle mountaineer Scott Fischer.
Betsy Lamberson lives in Denver, Colorado, where her time is divided between wrangling kids, teaching sewing, and caring for the ones that she loves. Whenever she can, she puts her passport to use and travels abroad. Once a month she can be found producing Denver's The Moth StorySLAM at Swallow Hill Music Hall.
Jessica Lee Williamson is a writer and an artist living in Los Angeles. She grew up in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. After moving out west she graduated from The Second City Conservatory. You can see more of her work at jessicaleewilliamson.com.
Kahlie Towle grew up in rural Idaho and has made her home in Portland, Oregon with her partner Karen, daughter Tegan, and dogs, Letti and Reese. A true animal lover, Kahlie is a veterinary anesthetist by day and a storyteller by night. Finding her place in storytelling culture has been a dream come true: Kahlie has told stories for Moth StorySLAMs and GrandSLAMs, BackfencePDX Russian Roulette and Main Stage, 7 Deadly Sins, and The Best of RISK!. Next on her to-do list is getting her novel in progress onto The New York Times best-seller list. As a side note: Jackson Hole Valley Wyoming just so happens to be her favorite place on the planet!
Matt Herron studied Suzuki Method violin at a young age while growing up in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Exposure to other styles of strings throughout the musically rich Northeast United States led to a self-taught focus on bluegrass and Celtic style fiddling. Since graduating college in the Pacific Northwest, Matt has toured with several acts including the popular Seattle acoustic act, The Loose Digits. Now residing in Wyoming, Matt can be found performing with Jackson favorites One Ton Pig, and Canyon Kids as well as wandering around various bluegrass festivals in search of the, “ultimate jam.”
About The Moth
The Moth began on a back porch in small-town Georgia, where its founder—poet and best-selling novelist George Dawes Green—would spend sultry summer evenings swapping spellbinding tales with a small circle of friends. There was a hole in the screen, which let in moths that were attracted to the light, and the group started calling themselves The Moths. When he moved to New York City, George wanted to recreate the feeling of those nights in his adopted city.
The first New York Moth event was held in George’s living room. But word spread fast, and the events soon moved to cafes and clubs throughout the city—and soon to be popular venues throughout the country and beyond.
About Dan Kennedy
Dan Kennedy is host of The Moth storytelling podcast, and a longtime host and performer at Moth live events. He is the author of three books, Loser Goes First (Random House/Crown), Rock On (A Times of London Book of The Year) and American Spirit: A Novel (Publisher’s Weekly starred review). His stories have appeared in GQ Magazine, McSweeney's, and numerous print anthologies. Kennedy has been a guest lecturer at Yale, and a guest author at The Harvard Lampoon in celebration of his work anthologized in The Best of McSweeney's Humor. He lives in downtown New York, and sits on the judging committees of the 2017 PEN America Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History, and the Writers Guild of America East "Made in New York" Fellowship Program.