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The Moth Mainstage The Moth Mainstage WED, MAY 17, 2017, 7:30 PM Benaroya Hall \ S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium Co-Presented by The Seattle Times  

This year's theme is Into the Wild: The Moth in Seattle hosted by longtime Moth podcast host and storyteller, Dan Kennedy. 

Join The Moth for stories from the great beyond. Dark, wandering trails and startling discoveries. Throwing caution to the wind, clinging to the compass, and pressing on to see what lies around the next turn.

Dan Kennedy is host of The Moth podcast, a longtime host and performer at Moth live events, and has spent much of the last fifteen years traveling the world performing and writing. His stories have appeared in GQ Magazine, on the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, in McSweeney's, and in 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). He has been a guest lecturer at Yale, and a guest author at The Harvard Lampoon in celebration of his work anthologized in The Best of McSweeney's Humor. He lives in downtown New York, where he is currently working on another screenplay.


Andy Fischer-Price is a musician and an actor who - for now - lives in Los Angeles. He plays bass and sings in the psychedelic rock group Smoky Knights, is a founding member of folk trio The Good Mad, and occasionally tours with pop-duo Heffron Drive. His most recent work as an actor includes playing a Christian rock singer on ABC's Modern Family and playing a woman in Cameron Fife's Killing Diaz, a dark comedy feature due out in 2017. Andy and his sister, Katie Rose, are currently working with San Diego nonprofit to rebuild the Himalayan English Boarding School in Lukla, Nepal after it was destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes. The new school will be dedicated to their late father, Seattle mountaineer Scott Fischer.

Laurence Kerr served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1974. After graduation from Infantry Officer Candidate School, he served two tours in Vietnam, the first as an infantry platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division, the second as an A-team leader with the 5th Special Forces Group. He also served in the Dominican Republic, Germany, and at several U.S. posts. In 2004, Kerr retired from a twenty-five year career in the U.S. Department of State as a Senior Foreign Service Officer. His last State Department assign-ment was with the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., where he was Associate Professor of National Security Strategy, lead-ing seminars in the history of the great empires, the history of military thought, and the national security process. Earlier assignments includ-ed diplomatic postings to Mexico, Singapore, Guatemala, Georgia, and Chile. Laurence and his wife Omie live on Bainbridge Island, a ferry ride from Seattle. He is the author of Captain Billy and the Lunatic, a book of poems largely drawing on the Vietnam experience. His current project is a history of the Mobile Strike Force Command in Vietnam.

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker & internet yeller. She was named one of the most influential people in Seattle, by Seattle Magazine. She's the Editor-At-Large at The Establishment - a media platform run and funded by women.

Jessica Lee Williamson is a writer and an artist living in Los Angeles. She grew up in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. After moving out west she graduated from The Second City Conservatory. You can see more of her work at

More storytellers to be announced!

The Moth - hailed as "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal - is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.  The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.  Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent ranconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth's directors.  

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Public program support provided by 4Culture, Amazon Literary Partnership, ArtsFund, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, & Nordstrom.