The Moth, a nonprofit based in New York City dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, is adding a Little Rock tour date. For The Moth's Senior Director Meg Bowles, this is an opportunity to come home.
“I grew up in Little Rock and was raised on stories," she says. "Stories are in the heart of Little Rock and I think it’s time Little Rock meets The Moth! A Moth evening is like a really wonderful dinner party where you meet the most amazing people. The stories are funny and heartbreaking, but ultimately they remind us that we are all human — with our flaws, successes, and everything in between!”
The Robinson Center will play host to The Moth's Mainstage event on Oct. 4 featuring five storytellers as they take the stage (without notes) to share a true, sometimes heartwrenching, story about their life. The host for the evening is R. Eric Thomas, an award-winning playwright and the host of The Moth in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
The Moth's origin story begins in the South — specifically a back porch in Georgia. The Moth's founder, poet and best-selling novelist George Dawes Green, spent summer evenings telling stories with a small group of friends. Moths attracted to the light would make their way through a hole in the screen and after a while, the group started going by "The Moths." Once Green moved to New York City, he recreated those summer nights by inviting friends to cafes and clubs throughout the city to swap stories. Since its founding, The Moth has presented more than 30,000 stories stories to crowds worldwide.
Tickets for the Little Rock Moth Mainstage event are on sale now. The doors open at 7 p.m. and stories begin at 7:30.
Update: This event has been rescheduled for Feb. 28.