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Nov 12

Moth Mainstage 2013: Great Escapes

Tuesday, November 12th
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Venue: The Fillmore
Organization: WDET



The Moth Mainstage features stories by luminaries in the arts and sciences, newsmakers and news breakers, and everyday heroes (and even a few reformed villains!). The show features five storytellers who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors. Beyond a mere theatrical experience, The Moth is an ever-growing community where entertainment, enlightenment and festivity merge.


The Moth Mainstage is a staple of the literary and art scenes in New York City and Los Angeles, but tours throughout the United States and abroad. On the road, featured national storytellers share the stage with local voices.


Join us on Tuesday, November 12th for stories on the theme "GREAT ESCAPES."

Our Host:

Brian Finkelstein is a regular performer at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as the host of the LA Moth Story-slams. He has performed his solo shows in a variety of venues from the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen to the 2012 Summer Nights Festival in Perth, Australia. He's also an Emmy-nominated writer for his work on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Currently he's developing a TV pilot with Universal and his screenplay, Good Grief is being produced by 72 Productions. Follow him on twitter @bsfinkelstein.


Our Storytellers:


Kemp Powers is a writer, editor, playwright, author and an occasional birdwatcher. He was a very angry and cynical young man who inexplicably grew into a happy and optimistic adult. His Bosc pear obsession has remained consistent throughout. A journalist for almost 20 years, he has told the stories of countless others in the pages of magazines and newspapers ranging from Esquire to Forbes. Now he tells tales much closer to home as a resident playwright at Los Angeles’ award-winning Rogue Machine Theatre company. His world premier play, One Night in Miami..., just enjoyed a hit run at the theater, and he is hard at work on his new play, The Two Reds.


Richard Price, who was born in the Bronx in 1949, is the author of seven novels. His first, The Wanderers (1974), which he wrote while enrolled as a graduate writing student at Columbia University, and his second, Blood-brothers (1976), both became the basis of feature films. Following the publication of his fourth novel, The Breaks (1983), Price began writing for film, and his screenplay for The Color of Money (1986) was nominated for an Oscar. Price has continued to write for television and film, adapting three of his own recent novels, Clockers (1992), Freedomland (1998) and Samaritan (2003). He won an Edgar Award for his writing on the HBO series The Wire in 2007, and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2009. His most recent book, Lush Life, was published in 2008.


Jessica Lee Williamson is a Los Angeles based writer and artist. She grew up in a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore. After moving out west she graduated from The Second City Conservatory. Her stories have been featured on KCRW and The Moth Podcast. If you don't blink, you can catch her in the upcoming feature film "Welcome to Me". You can also see more of her work at jessicaleewilliamson.com


Sally Liuzzo-Prado was born in Detroit on August 6th 1958. When Sally was born she had a condition called Myotonia, and doctors told her parents she would never walk or talk and recommended she be put in the Sarah Fisher home for Disabled Children. Her mother refused, took Sally home and exercised her muscles daily -- by time she was two she showed no signs of disability. Sally worked 34 years in the telecommunication industry with Michigan Bell Telephone and Ameritech, and after a brief spell in Oregon, returned to live in Detroit. She has three children, her son James and her twin girls, Sarah and Christina.


Phreddy Wischusen grew up in a dreadful suburb a stone’s throw from Atlanta, Georgia. After failing to figure out any way to meaningfully contribute to society he moved to Detroit, where he writes for the Michigan Citizen, America’s most progressive community newspaper. Phreddy sometimes performs as a comedian, but don’t worry—he never tells jokes. Currently, he lives above a goat farm on a dead-end street in Detroit.


Our Musician

Erin Zindle is the lead singer and songwriter for the nationally touring band The Ragbirds. She is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing and teaching violin and piano for many years, but can be seen on stage playing mandolin, accordion, banjo and hand drums. Originally from Buffalo, New York, she was classically trained in music since childhood. Zindle has been touring with bands of many styles and sizes all across the US for over 10 years and is an accomplished songwriter. She has performed with Matisyahu, Toubab Krewe, Rusted Root, Railroad Earth, Steve Kimmock and many more.

Tickets available now!


Tickets also available at the Fillmore box office Friday 12pm-6pm and on show days 2 hours prior to door time and at St. Andrews Hall Wednesday - Friday 12pm-5pm.

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