Drawn to the Light: The Moth Comes to Broken Heart Week

Posted by: tlaffernis, February 7, 2017 2:15 pm
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The Moth

Maybe you know The Moth from its appearance on HBO’s Girls, or maybe you’ve already tuned into the podcast on your morning commute. The Moth, for those who haven’t already burst into happy tears in a train carriage, is reviving the craft of live storytelling—and it’s doing it at Queens Library.

A non-profit that got its start on the porches of Georgia, The Moth has taken the age-old tradition of storytelling and turned it into a 21st-century cultural phenomenon. Moth shows are held in the nooks of bars, libraries, theatres, bookstores, and museums, most often in the form of StorySLAMS. The Moth’s Global Producer, Nadine Tadros, gave us the lay of the StorySLAM land. “When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth ‘hat.’ A half hour later, names are picked one by one and each storyteller takes the stage. After five stories, we'll have a ten minute intermission, then come back for five more. The ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each StorySLAM generates a StorySLAM winner. After ten SLAMs, the winners face off in a GrandSLAM Championship.” The only criteria? The stories have to be true, and they have to have happened to the lucky person under the spotlight. This isn’t the time to tell the story that happened to your friend’s cousin’s dog (but if you find out where we can tell that one, let us know). They also have to stick to or interpret the theme, and at Broken Heart Week the theme is, of course, Lovesick.

Judging is completed by three teams comprised of audience members, offering up a score out of ten. In the spirit of community, judges are encouraged to keep scores at the higher end. The Moth has quickly gained renown for the empathy generated in five short minutes—the stories are at once tear-jerking, heartfelt, rib-tickling, and unashamedly raw.

If you’re ready to tell your story—or hear ten wonderful stories—join us for Lovesick at Flushing on February 12, at 2pm. Sharpen your story-weaving skills before you put your name in the hat with some hot tips here.

Note: The Moth has sold out, but a standby line will be available. 

Find out about more Broken Heart Week programs here.