The Moth Mainstage One Act runs approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.
Donald Harrison is a Philadelphia-based writer and pianist. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin and has worked as both a writing teacher and a learning experience designer. He plays and sings every Friday night at Tavern on Camac in Philadelphia and has performed as a storyteller and accompanist in venues around Philadelphia and New York City.
Andrew McGill is a stand up comic and storyteller born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. You can catch him all over NYC doing stand-up and telling stories. He also teaches English at a high school in Brooklyn.
Nancy Pascal AKA Ayan is a native New Yorker. She is a mother and a community organizer. She has had various roles in the corporate, social services, and political arenas. Most recently was appointed as the Executive Director of the former NYC’s Mayor’s Faith Based department. She comes from a family of storytellers. You can find her in Brooklyn talking to her neighbors, and stirring up good trouble.
Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comedian, writer, and host. She is known for hosting NPR’s national comedy trivia radio show and podcast Ask Me Another where she interviewed and played games with Sir Patrick Harris, Rosie Perez, Yo-Yo Ma, Debra Messing, Awkwafina, Roxanne Gay, Bob The Drag Queen, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Handler and more. She is also a regular panelist on Hulu’s Up Early Tonight. She’s appeared on Comedy Central, This Week At The Comedy Cellar, The New Yorker Festival, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, HBO’s Girls, Gotham Live, The Late Late Show, and The Today Show. She is a regular host and teller on The Moth Radio Hour. Her stories have also been included in two of The Moth’s best-selling collections, including: Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible. Ophira’s own comedic memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a television series. Her comedy special Inside Joke is available on Amazon, and her album Plant-Based Jokes is out now.
Jarvis L. Benson (Violist/Violinist) comes from a family of musicians and covers a lot of musical ground in the artistic world. The classically-trained New York-based musician has had the opportunity to collaborate with many major artists—most notably Solange, Lizzo, Nate Smith, Shawn Mendes, and many others. He was part of the Emmy Winning production of “Jesus Christ Superstar—LIVE” featuring John Legend, and also part of the Grammy winning album GUMBO Unplugged by PJ Morton. He currently serves as Booking Agent and Artist Manager for MKI Artists and Executive Managing Director and principal violist for Rootstock Republic (a string production company based in New York City).
The Moth is a nonprofit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. For 25 years, The Moth has presented over 50,000 true personal stories, told live, without notes, to standing-room-only audiences and virtually around the globe. Renowned for showcasing a broad range of human experiences, The Moth produces approximately 600 live and virtual shows each year and has an ongoing presence in 27 cities worldwide. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school students, teachers, adults and advocates from around the world through its Education, Community and Global Programs, and MothWorks, which uses the essential elements of Moth storytelling as an empathetic communication tool. The Moth Podcast—the 2020 Webby People’s Voice Award Winner for Best Podcast Series— is downloaded 100 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison at Atlantic Public Media and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, is heard on over 575 public radio stations. The Moth has published four critically acclaimed books — the international bestseller The Moth: 50 True Stories (2013), All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown (2017) and The New York Times Best Sellers, Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible (2019) and How to Tell a Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling from The Moth (Crown Archetype, April 2022). On September 6, 2022 The Moth released its first card deck, A Game or Storytelling (Clarkson-Potter).
Learn more at themoth.org.