Special Events

The Moth Mainstage
What Lies Beneath: Stories of Steely Reserve

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 7:30 pm

New Hazlett Theater
6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA  15212
Doors open at 6:30 pm

altPittsburgh Arts & Lectures presents The Moth’s fourth-annual local appearance in a new two-act show, The Moth Mainstage: “What Lies Beneath: Stories of Steely Reserve”, Thursday, August 23, 2012, 7:30pm at the New Hazlett Theater on Pittsburgh’s North Side. All stories shared by local and national Moth tellers as part of the show are true-life stories, told without notes and based on the same Pittsburgh theme of steely reserve.  The Moth Mainstage provides an evening of completely memorable storytelling that showcases a range of human experience. 

Who's Who? The 2012 MOTH Cast:

2012 Host - Ophira Eisenberg

altThe 2012 Moth Mainstage will be hosted by stand-up comedian Ophria Eisenberg. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Ophira is also a storyteller, author, and host of NPR's new weekend program, Ask Me Another.  Ophira was selected as one of New York Magazine's Top 10 Comics that "Funny People Find Funny,” and hailed by the New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a “bleakly stylish” sense of humor. She has also appeared on Comedy Central and VH-1.

2012 TellerJohn Fetterman

altMayor John Fetterman was attracted to Braddock, PA by the town's "malignant beauty." Founded around the site of Andrew Carnegie's first steel mill, Braddock's fortunes declined in lockstep with the American steel industry. As the town's population fell from a peak of more than 20,000 to just 2,800, its buildings, infrastructure and economy crumbled. The challenges seemed insurmountable. Mayor Fetterman, a Harvard Kennedy School graduate with a Master's Degree in Public Policy, moved to Braddock in 2001 to work for AmeriCorps. Four years later he became the town's mayor - winning the election by a single vote - and has been at the forefront of a massive effort to revitalize the once prosperous town ever since. A relentless advocate for reimagining and redesigning Braddock, Mayor Fetterman's focus on creating youth-oriented programs, attracting artists and other 'creatives' to his community and to pursuing green urban renewal and economic development have been recognized in The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Guardian, and on The Colbert Report and Real Time with Bill Maher.

2012 TellerJosh Broder

altJosh Broder was an actor and theater director for over twenty years. Now he’s primarily an executive coach, often focusing on leadership via personal storytelling.  He made his New York acting debut at The Public Theater, and later toured Siberia two months before the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Favorite roles include Abby Hoffman and Pretty Boy Floyd.  Josh is the co-author of two screenplays, one based on his gig in an ill-fated Passion Play tour of the Bible Belt, the second a bio-pic of a great American charlatan.  His writing has appeared in The Washington Post among other outlets.  Josh settled in Brooklyn twenty-five years before the arrival of artisanal cheese, pickles and ice-cream sandwiches.  He, and his wife and son bid them fond welcome.

2012 TellerJoan Juliet Buck

altJoan Juliet Buck is an American born writer and performer, who went from being a movie critic on the New York Film festival Selection Committee to editing Paris Vogue for seven years.  A child actor, she was a Scots waif in the Walt Disney film Greyfriars Bobby, and played Meryl Streep’s nemesis in Nora Ephron’s movie about Julia Child, Julie and Julia. Dropping out of Sarah Lawrence College to work for Glamour magazine, she sold revolutionary pornography on the streets, but still became Features Editor of British Vogue at the age of 23, then Correspondent of Woman's Wear Daily in London, Rome and Milan, then Associate Editor of the London Observer Magazine.  From 1980 to 1994 she was under contract to American VogueVanity Fair, and the New Yorker. Her work has also appeared in Traveler, The New York Times T Magazine, W, Newsweek. Her novels about multicultural expatriates are The Only Place To Be and Daughter Of The Swan. She is working on a one-woman show and completing a book of horror stories.

2012 Teller - Kevin R. Free

altKevin R. Free is a writer-performer who’s told stories on NPR and at Dana Rossi's The Soundtrack Series. A New York Neo-Futurist, he wrote over 60 short plays for Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, and his 10-minute plays, …In Which Bishop Eddie Long Loses a Battle With His Demons… and The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual premiered at Sticky at Bowery Poetry Club and Fire This Time Festival. One of nytheatre.com’s People of the Year in 2010, his full-length plays, Face Value and A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People, were published by indietheaternow.com. Twitter: @kevinrfree.

2012 Local Teller - Nora Mathews (Winner of a Pittsburgh MOTH StorySlam)

altNora Mathews is a student of drama, writing, and human nature whose preferred method of procrastination is knitting sweaters.  She is author of the one act plays Girl Shoes, The Book of Numbers, and Fresh, and the text for the song cycle Eurydice by composer Jeff Kolb.
Nora has a B.A. in Writing, Literature in Publishing from Emerson College in Boston and studied Chant and Ritual Song at the World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, Ireland.  She now lives in Pittsburgh, where she is working on her first fantasy novel for young adults.  More information on Nora and her projects can be found at www.theliminalpage.com.

Check back for details more details about the storytellers and host, and buy your tickets now. There are only a few more seats available for puchase before the MOTH sells out!  Many thanks to our sponsors and partners:

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