In 1997, novelist George Dawes Green started The Moth, an evening of spontaneous storytelling, with the hope that it might recreate, or at least mimic, the summer evenings he’d spent with friends on his Georgia porch; there they would sip whiskey and trade stories late until the evening while moths beat themselves against the lights.
15 years later, the event is still going strong. It started out in Green’s New York living room, but as word quickly spread, so did the crowds. Green and his band of improvising raconteurs quickly outgrew their britches in the local cafes and bars and eventually became a touring act called The Moth Mainstage.
Each national tour features five different storytellers—some artists, some not, some heroes and others former criminals—who deliver their unscripted stories, all of which center around the same theme.
On Tuesday, November 13, The Moth, along with its sponsors WDET, makes an appearance at Detroit’s Fillmore Theatre. This time, the theme is “Walk the Line.”
Where the storytellers will take us this time, who knows. Our guess is that, like usual, it’s going to run the gamut of the human experience: some tender, some harrowing and others so self-deprecating that even the audience will shrink back into their seats in embarrassment.
If you want to know what you’re getting yourself into before you purchase tickets (which will most definitely sell out), you can download previous “episodes” here. The event begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets start out at $20.00 and can be purchased here.