The Moth, an effort by George Dawes Green, which is supported by NPR, to reinvigorate the art of storytelling, is part performance, part autobiography, and part stories-for-stories-sake. Since it debuted in 1997, thousands of people have told their stories in front of live audiences all around the United States.
Participants can tell whatever story they want within the universal parameters–each storyteller must present her/his story:
- In front of a live audience.
- Without notes.
From The Moth’s website: “Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience. Moth stories dissolve socio-economic barriers, expose vulnerabilities, and quietly suggest ways to overcome challenges and see with new eyes.”
This is not only the goal of The Moth, but it is also the mission statement behind this course. By thinking about how we write our own lives, we should get to questions about human existence, life, God, society, and on and on.
You’ve already watched/listened to Dan Savage’s story, but there are thousands of other stories out there. They might be helpful examples for your Remembered Event paper, but they are definitely helpful examples for living an examined life.
Do you have a favorite storyteller in your life? Someone who always has an interesting tale to tell? Tell us about her or him in the comments!