The Moth Mainstage

The Moth Mainstage

Past Event: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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One of America’s most beloved radio shows, The Moth Mainstage features stories by luminaries in the arts and sciences, newsmakers and news breakers, and every day heroes (and even a few reformed villains).

Each Moth Mainstage show features five storytellers who develop and shape their stories around a theme with the Moth’s directors. Beyond a mere theatrical experience, The Moth is an ever-growing community where entertainment, enlightenment and festivity merge.

The theme for the night will be: The Ties That Bind

Our Host
is an author, comedian and storyteller in Los Angeles. He is a Moth StorySLAM host and winner. The memoir based on his New York Times Critics’ Pick solo show Bad Kid was released in 2015 by Harper Perennial. David is a lead instructor in The Moth’s High School StorySLAM program and serves as a writing mentor for veterans across the country with The Writers Guild Initiative’s Wounded Warrior Project. He is the host and co-producer of’s Stories In Session, an ongoing series about the art and craft of contemporary storytelling. He loves dogs, Morrissey and fancy coffee. Twitter: @thedavidcrabb

Our Storytellers

DAVID ALEXANDER has made a living telling stories of one kind or another since college, where he majored in Theater. In Portland, he has an extensive writing, producing, directing, and performing background in television, theater, radio, advertising, and film production. Wandering South to Los Angeles he became a member of the Writer’s Guild penning screenplays for the likes of CBS, USA, Hallmark, and Cannon Films. It was in L.A. that he first stepped on a stage to tell stories. After twenty-two years in California, he came home to Portland where he still writes screenplays, still tells stories, and still says, “I’ve got a novel in me too… someplace.”

YASSMIN FASHIR is currently a freshmen at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Her majors include International Studies and Arabic, and her Minors include French, possibly Swahili, possibly Spanish, and possibly journalism. She is very passionate about social justice and human rights. Yassmin was born in Darfur, Sudan but eventually moved to the US as a political refugee along with the rest of her family. She is involved with many organizations such as the African Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Amnesty International, Eigenmann International Diversity Council as well as the Student Equity and Inclusion Coalition.

CHRIS McKINLAY is a senior data scientist at Data Science. Chris received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from UCLA in 2013. He lives in Los Angeles.

DANUSIA TREVINO is an actress, musician and playwright. She emigrated from Poland and escaped Martial Law by one month. She toured the United States and Europe with the New York City band FUR. As an actress, her first stage performance was at the Pyramid Club with the Black Lips Performance Cult and Antony Hagerty (now Anohni). Since then she has appeared in theater (PS122, SITI Company Natl. Tour, LaMaMa, HBPF, 59E59st, Theater Row), film (Acts of Worship, Where is Joel Baum, Metamorphosis and recently premiered at Wooster Group’s Performing Garage, Xenophilia) and webseries (The Louise Log). Danusia has taken her one-woman show, Wonder Bread, to the fringe festival in Edinburgh and various New York venues including The Players Club, where she was asked to perform for Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara during a gala honoring their work. Most recently she was a part of the New York literary salon “Women of Letters” at Joe’s Pub. She is also a Moth GrandSLAM winner. Danusia lives with her husband, Xavier, in Harlem.

DAME WILBURN is a community educator with Generation With Promise out of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, and Chief Marketing Director for Twisted Willow Soap Company. She credits her storytelling abilities to attending the Detroit Waldorf School for ten years and spending summers on the front porch of her grandparents in Macon, Georgia. Dame spends her free time writing poetry, singing and working on her first book. She is married to the most beautiful woman in the world and has seven fur babies who are the bane of her existence.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

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Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall. 

Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.

By Car

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5 via Westbound I-90
    Take the 2C exit for I-5 North. Follow signs for Madison Street/Convention Place and merge right onto Seventh Avenue. Turn left onto Madison Street. Proceed three blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue four blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Public Transit (Bus & Light Rail)
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.


Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. This option is present at every event at Benaroya Hall in our 2019/20 Season. For digital streams of online events, all pre-recorded and live online events will have either open or closed captioning.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). Benaroya Hall has an infrared hearing system, which transmits sound by light beams. Headsets are available in The Boeing Company Gallery coat check and the Head Usher stations in both lobbies.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for interpretation, please contact us at or 206.621.2230×10, or select “Sign Language Interpretation” from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process and we will contact you to confirm details. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at our venues, and our venues are fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Among other features, Benaroya Hall has designated parking spaces adjacent to elevators in their parking garage. Elevators with Braille signage go to all levels within the Hall. To reserve seating for a specific mobility concern, you may select “Wheelchair Accessible or Alternative Seating Options” during ticket checkout, and we will contact you to confirm details. For more details on their accessibility features, click here.

Guide and service dogs are welcome.

Gender neutral restrooms are available.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at, or Monday-Friday from 10:00am – 5:00pm at 206.621.2230×10.

For more accessibility information, please head to If you would like to make accessibility arrangements you do not see listed here, please contact our box office or select “Other Accommodations” from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process, and we will contact you to confirm details.