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06.20.11 Balancing Acts

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The theme for the 2011 Moth members’ show was, “Walk the Line: Stories of Balancing Acts.”  As you might suspect, the stories revolved around major life events which resulted in clarity and change.  The storytellers, whose accomplishments and experiences cover an immense range, included  June Cross (The Secret Daughter), Mark Moffet (a.k.a. Dr. Bug), Richard Price (The Wire, Clockers, The Color of Money), Mishka Shubaly (latest LP –  How to Make a Bad Situation Worse) and Tricia Rose Burt (artist recovering from a corporate career).  Bill Irwin (MacArthur Genius Award winning actor and clown) was the perfect host.  A life changing event, as you may know, often comes with tears, cringing, laughter, chaos, eye-rolling, resolve or perhaps all of these and more.  I’m grateful for the inspiration and wisdom these talented storytellers were willing to impart.

 

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Written by Sarah Stacke

June 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

05.23.11 Ishmael Beah

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Ishmael Beah.  Author of A Long Way Gone: memoirs of a boy soldier.

When I saw the lineup for the Moth show I was scheduled to shoot last Saturday night – which was in conjunction with Live at the NYPL‘s celebration of 100 years of the 42nd St. New York Public Library – I could not have been more elated.  Although the highlights were numerous, I have to say meeting Ishmael Beah was particularly special.  I read A long Way Gone when it was first published in 2007.  Ishmael’s story was illuminating, shocking and touching.  In hindsight, I can see that reading his memoir contributed to my decision to pursue a degree in African and African American Studies, and in my decision to  spend this upcoming summer in Africa.

Written by Sarah Stacke

May 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm

03.12.11 Shot Through the Heart

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Moth events are always entertaining. But Shot Through the Heart: Stories of Beaus and Arrows was fantastic on every level.  Each story was intensely felt by the storyteller, and in turn, the audience.  Todd Bush shared a horrific childhood hunting experience that taught him the politics of belonging.  Rachel Dratch hilariously described a tragically perverse ex-boyfriend.  Christian McBride told an inspirational and uplifting story about making it in the music business.  Tina McElroy Ansa left the crowd cheering after her triumphant tale of a beautifully surrendered virginity.  Walter Mosley revealed the decades he patiently endured waiting for his mother to say “I love you.”  And to top it off, the evening was hosted by Mike Birbiglia.

To view more photos from this event please visit:  http://sarahstacke.photoshelter.com/gallery-list

02.19.11 Ed Koch

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Former Mayor of NYC Edward Koch tells a story at City Winery for the annual MothSHOP All-Star Review.

Written by Sarah Stacke

February 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

02.03.11 Teen Rockers of Southpaw

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February 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

12.08.10 Webster Hall

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Written by Sarah Stacke

December 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm

10.30.10 Al Sharpton OMG: Stories of the Sacred

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Last week I photographed the Moth’s first event for the fantastic New York Public Library program, Live from the NYPL.  The theme of the night was OMG: Stories of the Sacred, and the last speaker of the evening was, appropriately, Al Sharpton.  He told a remarkably candid story about his struggle to forgive a man who attempted to kill him.

Written by Sarah Stacke

October 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm