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January 19, 2021
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The Moth: All-Star StoryTellers

By Lisa M. Collins
American Schemes by Radha Blank, Directed by Charlotte L. Brathwaite.
@ St Marys Park, BX. CPF theater.

The Moth is a New York City nonprofit that conducts live storytelling events, sometimes featuring famous actors, writers and personalities. Tuesday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m., The Moth Mainstage performs in Central Park with an all-star lineup.

The stories told feature the moon in cameo. Nocturnal tales of glory or defeat, the culmination of forces within reach and beyond control. From a jail cell in Louisiana, to a Connecticut Love Shack, from Pakistan to Madison Square Garden.

Hosted by Andy Borowitz, America’s hottest satirist. Borowitz’ work appears in The New Yorker and at his award-winning website,, which has millions of readers. He has been performing with The Moth since 1999.

Summerstage Moth Stories by: Salman Ahmad | Sherman O.T. Powell | Jessi Klein | Bonnie Levison | Jerry Stahl

Musician: Jon Spurney

Hear examples of Moth stories here. I love the one of the carpenter with a bar on Sullivan Street.

Central Park SummerStage

Rumsey Playfield, Central Park map

6:30pm Doors open

7.30pm Stories begin

Profiles of performers: Salman Ahmad is a musician, physician and United Nations goodwill ambassador.  Ahmad founded South Asia’s biggest rock band, Junoon, in 1990, popularizing a blend of rock and Eastern/Islamic music. With his wife, Samina, he launched an NGO called the Salman & Samina Global Wellness Initiative, focused on interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue, global health and wellness, and music education. Ahmad is currently a professor at Queens College (CUNY) where he teaches music and poetry from Muslim culture.

Sherman O.T. Powell was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and has traveled extensively from coast to coast. He is a graduate at the advanced level of The MothSHOP Community Education Program, and his stories have been included in The Moth Radio Hour. He is studying to become a substance abuse counselor.

Jessi Klein is a writer-performer who has written for Comedy Central, ABC, HBO, and Saturday Night Live.  In 2010 she taped her first Comedy Central Presents stand up special which aired earlier this year.

Bonnie Levison lives in CT with her 3 children and small lap dog. She co-founded The Nantucket Comedy Festival in 2008 and produces a variety of comedy shows.  She discovered The Moth a few years ago and now is a storytelling instructor for The MothShop – The Moth’s outreach program.

Jerry Stahl is the author of six books, including the memoir Permanent Midnight (made into a movie with Ben Stiller). He is currently writing a remake of The Thin Man, starring Johnny Depp.

Jon Spurney (musician) most recently scored Morgan Spurlock’s new film The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. He appeared on Broadway in Stew’s Tony award-winning musical Passing Strange and in the film version directed by Spike Lee.

The Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour is back for a new season and can be heard on WNYC.

Each of the five episodes will air on consecutive weekends. Saturdays at 2 p.m. on AM 820

Sundays at 4 p.m. on 93.9 FM and 8 p.m. on AM 820.

Don’t miss this week’s free podcast: Bill Burr: A Doll’s House: A young man is filled with dread at the thought of bringing his girlfriend home to meet his father.


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On July 28, StorySLAM host and comedienne Sara Barron starts the summer session of her class: Humor Writing with Sara Barron, focusing on both the creative and editorial process of writing humorous prose. For further questions on cost, location, schedule and the more detailed specifics of the critique process, please email

Moth favorite Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend is currently playing at the Barrow Street Theatre and due to popular demand, the run has been extended to June 25. Get  tickets at


Central Park
For tickets go to Summerstage


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