The Moth coming to Boston in October; Mortified returns in September

The Moth: True Stories Told Live

Yes, The Moth is coming to Boston! Every third Monday of the month, starting Oct. 15, at Oberon in Harvard Square.

The Moth StorySLAMs are steadily spreading all over the map, gathering people and stories from all over the country. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit/Ann Arbor have multiple shows each month. Louisville and Pittsburgh, added last year, are thriving. And this fall they’re adding Boston, Milwaukee, Portland and Seattle.

The shows are open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s posted theme. The brave of heart, or those with stories they’re aching to tell, prepare personal, true tales. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. Each person has just five minutes!

The ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each StorySLAM generates a StorySLAM winner. After ten SLAMs, the winners face off in our GrandSLAM Championships. Go to tell a story, or just enjoy the show.

The Moth was in Somerville in April this year.

The Moth Radio Hour is broadcast 9pm Thursdays (and 6pm Saturdays) on 90.9 WBUR/NPR Boston.

Mortified returns for 2 nights in September

Mortified returns to Oberon on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21.

Ethan Gilsdorf at Mortified Boston

Ethan Gilsdorf at Mortified Boston

Hailed as a “cultural phenomenon” by NewsWeek and celebrated for years by the likes of This American Life, The Today Show, The Onion AV Club, &Entertainment Weekly , Mortified is a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, poems, letters, lyrics, home movies, schoolwork) as shared by their original authors — in front of total strangers.

Where else can you hear grown men and women confront their past with firsthand tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Bon Jovi? Submissions come from a wide range of participants, from professional performers to total amateurs . All in the noble pursuit of self-degradation. Share the shame.

Mortified website
See Mortified on TV: Watch The Mortified Sessions on the Sundance Channel

View photos of writer Ethan Gilsdorf and others at Mortified in Oberon from this past January.

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