The Moth Mainstage – SOLD OUT

Date(s) - 04/05/2014
07:30 pm - 07:30 pm


Categories Live Performing Arts


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

The Moth is a nationally acclaimed organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.

  • The Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour is featured on over 200 NPR stations.
  • The Moth Podcasts are downloaded more than one million times a month.
  • The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

The Moth Mainstage is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. Since its launch in 1997, Moth Mainstage traditionally include three “best-of” tellers (who you might recognize from The Moth Podcast or The Moth Radio Hour), and two brand-new regionally specific stories. The recording of the local stories, in many cases, is then included on The Moth Podcast and/or The Moth Radio Hour.

The Host for The Moth Mainstage at The Academy will be Ophira Eisenberg.
Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s weekly comedy trivia show, Ask Me Another. Selected as one of New York Magazine’s “Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny,” and featured in the New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a “bleakly stylish” sense of humor, Ophira has also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, The Today Show and more. Her debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was recently optioned for a feature film with Zucker Productions. She is a regular host and teller with The Moth.

Our Storytellers
Tara Clancy is a writer, fifth-generation native New Yorker and licensed city tour guide. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine and The Rumpus. She is also a Moth GrandSLAM winner. Originally from Queens, Tara now lives in Manhattan with her wife and two sons. She is currently working on a memoir. More info at

Matthew Dicks is the author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing and Unexpectedly, Milo and the rock opera The Clowns. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide. He has also published work in The Hartford Courant, The Huffington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. When not hunched over a computer screen, he fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a public speaker, a blogger, a wedding DJ, a minister, a life coach and a Lord of Sealand. He is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a 10-time Moth StorySLAM champion whose stories have been featured on the Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast. Matthew is married to friend and fellow teacher, Elysha, and they have two children, Clara and Charlie. He grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, where he made a name for himself by dying twice before the age of eighteen and becoming the first student in his high school to be suspended for inciting riot upon himself.

Deborah Feldman was born and raised in the Hasidic community of Satmar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In 2012, she published a memoir about her upbringing and her decision to leave, titled Unorthodox. To everyone’s surprise, it was an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her most recent book, titled Exodus, is a memoir of post-religious alienation and identity. Deborah is twenty-seven years old and lives in New England with her son, where she is currently working on her next book.

Stephanie Summerville is an actress, singer and storyteller, as well as a contributor to The Moth: 50 True Stories. She is also the choral director for The Secret City, an Obie Award-winning art salon held monthly on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and a proud graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

Dan Kennedy is a regular host of The Moth podcast, and told his first story on The Moth Mainstage over ten years ago. He is the author of Loser Goes First: My Thirty Something Years of Dumb Luck and Minor Humiliation and Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, which The Times of London named a Book of The Year. Of his most recent book, American Spirit (2013), Publishers Weekly says, “The humor and struggle within contain a healing brand of cynicism” (Starred review). He is a longstanding contributor at the humor website, and his essays also appear in GQ magazine and several anthologies.

Presented by the Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio


Show Date/ Time:
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:30PM

Ticket Prices:

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)
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Sponsored By:

Whalen Insurance

Greenfield Savings Bank
Florence Savings Bank
Easthampton Savings Bank
Northampton Cooperative Bank
Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Funded in part by:
Community Foundation of Western Mass
Massachusetts Cultural Council