The acclaimed storytelling series The Moth comes to Vancouver this Saturday, May 20.
Regarded as one of the premiere podcasts for great storytelling, The Moth is also a touring, live event, which brings a few Moth vets together with local talent.
For the Vancouver edition, at the Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.), organizers have asked the five performers to tell tales based on the theme “Between Worlds” – as press materials have it, “leaping before you look: a breath on the brink before plunging into the deep end. Neither here nor there, metamorphosis or masquerade, the space amidst and among.” Scroll down for more info on the storytellers.
Andy Fischer-Price is an L.A.-based musician and an actor whose credits include playing a Christian rock singer on ABC’s Modern Family and a woman in Cameron Fife’s Killing Diaz, a dark comedy due out this year. Fischer-Prise and his sister, Katie Rose, are currently working with San Diego nonprofit SherpaCares.org to rebuild the Himalayan English Boarding School in Lukla, Nepal after it was destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes.
Oakland-based Meg Ferrill has performed with Upright Citizen’s Brigade Stand-Up Smackdown, Mortified, and Amateur Night at the Apollo. She is a five-time winner of The Moth’s StorySLAM and holds one GrandSLAM title. She’s been mentioned in the New York Times, and was cast by documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock in his Webby-nominated series Failure Club, a year-long online documentary featuring seven people pursuing lifelong dreams.
Watch Meg Ferrill tell one of her StorySLAM-winning stories here.
“Trained in comedy by both a terrible childhood and the Upright Citizens Brigade,” as his bio states, David Montgomery is an L.A.-based writer and comedian. He is a multiple Moth StorySLAM winner and has been featured in many curated national live shows. He hosts his own comedy podcast, 2 Gays, No Girls, At A Pizza Place.
Vancouver-based Carmen Aguirre has written and co-written twenty-five plays, and has eighty film, television, and stage acting credits. Her second memoir, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution was published in April 2016 to positive reviews, and was a Globe and Mail bestseller and a CBC Best Book of 2016.
Another local performer is Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in from Tsi Deldel First Nation). Named one of three Aboriginals to watch by Huffington Post Canada and an Aboriginal Storyteller for the Digital Generation by the National Post, Charleyboy tells contemporary stories of the Indigenous people of Turtle Island. ,
Dan Kennedy will MC the event. Along with host The Moth podcast, he has published stories in GQ, McSweeney’s, and numerous print anthologies. He is the author of three books, Loser Goes First (Random House/Crown 2003), Rock On (Algonquin 2008, a Times of London Book of The Year, series rights bought by HBO), and American Spirit (Houghton Mifflin/Little 2013, a Publishers Weekly starred review).
Tickets are $ 45 (plus service charges) at ticketmaster.ca.