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Eyewitness: The Moth in Milwaukee Brings Five Storytellers to Turner Hall Sept. 16

Now in its 18th year, The Moth has shared more than 15,000 true stories on stage

By - Aug 21st, 2015 01:28 pm

MILWAUKEE – Aug. 20, 2015 – The Moth Mainstage comes to Turner Hall Ballroom on Sept. 16 for a celebrated night of storytelling in Eyewitness: The Moth in Milwaukee. The night will be focused on stories that explore truth in the eyes of the beholder, including epic battles, tough choices, false accusation and redemption.

The Moth is a national not-for-profit organization that has presented more than 15,000 true stories through live storytelling since 1997. Upon its inception, The Moth sparked a renewed interested in the art of oral storytelling and paved the way for live stories to captivate audiences around the country.

“I think people seek meaningful connections in their entertainment choices, and The Moth evokes those personal feelings through really great, honest stories,” says Sarah Haberman, Milwaukee native and executive director of The Moth.

The Moth Mainstage flagship program is a staple of literary and art scenes in New York City and Los Angeles, but also tours throughout the U.S. and abroad, where favorite storytellers from past Moth shows share the stage with local voices.

At the Milwaukee event, five storytellers will share their personal, entertaining and enlightening stories, expertly developed with The Moth’s directors. Tellers include a U.S. Army National Guard soldier from Iraq, a Polish emigrant who is also an award-winning actress, Milwaukee’s own John McGivern, and others who offer up their poignant and candid life experiences to spectators.

Award-winning author Dan Kennedy, who is also the host of The Moth’s podcast, will host the evening.

Eyewitness: The Moth in Milwaukee is Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Turner Hall, located at 1040 N. 4th Street. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at The Pabst Box Office or

About the host: 

Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy is host of The Moth podcast and 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. His new novel, American Spirit, is out now. Kennedy is a longstanding contributor at and his essays also appear in GQ magazine, and in several anthologies including The New Yorker humorist Ian Frazier’s collection, Humor Me: An Anthology of Funny Contemporary Writing.

About the storytellers: 

John McGivern 

Although John McGivern is best known for his Emmy award winning work on PBS, his one-man shows share stories of being the third born of six kids in a working-class Irish Catholic family in the Midwest. His dynamic storytelling is based on family and a universal human experience.

Abbas Mousa 

Abbas Mousa emigrated to the U.S. in 2009 from Iraq through the Special Immigrant program for Iraqi translators and was granted U.S. citizenship. Mousa recently received his masters degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and proudly serves as a Sergeant in the WI Army National Guard. He is currently searching for his dream job while living in peace in America and enjoying the freedom that this country offers him and his family

Danusia Trevino

Danusia Trevino emigrated to the U.S. from Poland, escaping martial law by one month. She is an award-winning actress who has appeared on stages all over the country.

*Two additional storytellers to be announced.

About The Moth

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, and a recipient of a 2012 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions (MACEI). Through its ongoing programs—The Moth Mainstage, The Moth StorySLAMs, The Moth Community & Education Programs, and Moth Corporate Programs—The Moth has presented more than 15,000 stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth podcast is downloaded over 27 million times a year, and the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, airs weekly on over 400 radio stations nationwide. The new Moth Mobile App for iOS and Android, and the international bestseller, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hyperion), are available now.

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