THE MOTH MAINSTAGE BRINGS PREMIERE STORYTELLERS TO TOWN

Jan 8, 2016 by Anne Bradley

On January 29, The Moth Mainstage comes to The Center for the first time with a line-up of writers, performers, and other unique national and local storytellers. You never know how the stories might unfold. Some are dramatic, funny, or suspenseful – and perhaps all these things and more.

The Moth features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors. The theme of the night is “lost and found” so the audience can expect the true-life stories to tie into the chosen topic.

The Moth is well known for their podcast featuring favorite stories from The Moth Mainstage, StorySLAMs and MothSHOP Community program. The uniqueness in The Moth stems from watching one person share their truth with a whole group of people in a way that is relatable and vulnerable.

Peter Augero, a Moth GrandSLAM champion and instructor for The Moth Community Program, will host the show. Augero performs, hosts, and produces storytelling, burlesque, and variety shows all over NYC.

The featured raconteurs are Adam Mansbach, author of the instant New York Times bestsellers “Go the F**k to Sleep” and “You Have to F**king Eat,” Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, a scholar, activist, and artist who holds a creativity professorship in Clemson University’s department of Communication Studies, Dame Wilburn, a community educator with Generation With Promise out of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Michigan and Chief Marketing Director for Twisted Willow Soap Company, Danusia Trevino, an actress, musician and playwright, and Jackson native and farmer Ian McGregor.

“It is brilliant and quietly addictive” – The London Guardian

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

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HOST:

PETER AGUERO was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. He is a Moth GrandSLAM champion and an instructor for The Moth Community Program. He performs, hosts, and produces storytelling, burlesque, and variety shows all over NYC. His most recent show, Daddy Issues, has been performed in Philadelphia, Vermont, DC, Las Vegas, and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. To find out more reasons why his mother is so proud of him, go topeteraguero.com .

STORYTELLERS:

ADAM MANSBACH is the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers “Go the F**k to Sleep” and “You Have to F**king Eat.” His novel “Rage is Back” was named a Best Book of 2013 by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle and is currently being adapted for the stage; his previous novels include the California Book Award‐winning “The End of the Jews” and the cult classic “Angry Black White Boy.” Mansbach is the recipient of a Reed Award, a Webby Award, and a Gold Pollie from the American Association of Political Consultants for his 2012 campaign video “Wake The F**k Up,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. He was the 2009‐11 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, a 2012 Sundance Screenwriting Lab Fellow, and a 2013 Berkeley Repertory Theater Writing Fellow, and will be the 2015 Artist in Residence at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Believer, Salon.com, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He lives in Berkeley, California.

DR. CHENJERAI KUMANYIKA is a scholar, activist, and artist who holds a creativity professorship in Clemson University’s department of Communication Studies. He is a board member for several youth mentoring programs, and a news analyst for Uprising Radio. His January 2015 article on Vocal Color in Public Radio produced for Transom.org was featured on NPR, the Washington post and Buzzfeed, trending nationally on Twitter, and spawning a nationwide discussion of diversity in public media. Chenjerai is also a founding member of the hip-hop group Spooks whose first album, S.I.O.S.O.S. Vol. 1 (2000) produced singles that reached gold-selling in four countries placed highly on top ten charts around the world. You can learn more about his work at Chenjerai.net .

DAME WILBURN is a community educator with Generation With Promise out of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Michigan and Chief Marketing Director for Twisted Willow Soap Company. She credits her storytelling abilities to attending the Detroit Waldorf School for ten years and spending summers on the front porch of her grandparents in Macon, Georgia. Dameon spends her free time writing poetry, singing and working on her first book. She is married to the most beautiful woman in the world and has seven fur babies who are the bane of her existence.

DANUSIA TREVINO is an actress, musician and playwright. She emigrated from Poland and escaped Martial Law by one month. She toured the United States and Europe with the New York City band FUR. As an actress, her first stage performance was at the Pyramid Club with the Black Lips Performance Cult and Antony Hagerty. Since then she has appeared in theater (PS122, SITI Company Natl. Tour, LaMaMa, HBPF, 59E59st, Theater Row), film (Acts of Worship, Where is Joel Baum, Metamorphosis and recently premiered at Wooster Group’s Performing Garage, Xenophilia) and webseries (The Louise Log). Danusia has taken her one-woman show, Wonder Bread, to the fringe festival in Edinburgh and various New York venues including The Players Club, where she was asked to perform for Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara during a gala honoring their work. She is also a Moth GrandSLAM winner. Danusia lives with her husband, Xavier, in Harlem. www.danusiatrevino.com

IAN MCGREGOR graduated from Skidmore College with a shiny new degree in English in December 2008 just as the economy avalanched. So instead of launching into the teaching scene, he started a small garden in a south facing window and waited for spring. He opened a small stand at the Jackson Hole Farmer’s Market and sold salad greens and baked goods that summer as a way to make a little money. Since then, he has used farming as an excuse to travel and live in new places, from sunny California to chilly Chilean Patagonia. Recently he spent a year working at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture outside NYC. In October 2014 he moved back to his hometown of Jackson to farm full time and embrace Jack Frost as a friend not a foe.