Tickets to next week's Portland installment of the New York-based storytelling series The Moth sold out within hours of being released—even though the list of storytellers hadn't been announced yet. If you were lucky enough to snag tickets, here's info on the host, and four of the five storytellers (the fifth remains unannounced.):
Tom Shillue (Host) is originally from Norwood, Massachusetts and is a writer and comedian who has been seen in his own Comedy Central Presents stand-up special, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and in his own segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His autobiographical monologues have become a fixture in the New York downtown comedy scene, and his stories have recently been published in the Ben Karlin anthology Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumbed Me from Grand Central Publishing, and in the forthcoming Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine, from St. Martin’s Press.
Lt. Dan Choi is a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran fluent in Arabic. He is a founding member of Knights Out.
Michaela Murphy is a writer, director, producer, actor and frequent Moth storyteller. She has also told stories for her storytelling group, Hearsay, Studio 360, and in the show Fired. Her one-woman show Something Blue was produced Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre, the Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, The Improv Theatre (LA), the Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA), and The Atlantic Theatre (NYC), and she has acted at theatres around the nation. She is a member of and serves on the advisory board of the 52nd Street Project; her 52nd Street Project play, Night & Day, was performed at the White House. Michaela is a three-time recipient of the Joseph Papp Artist in Residence grant at Second Stage Theatre. She is currently writing a memoir, The Green Monster; a Young Adult novel, Things I Learned in Charm School; and a musical, Fast Forward.
Boris Timanovsky came to the United States 19 years ago, works in the field of financial software, and spends much of his time in planes, trains, and rickety automobiles as he travels back and forth between New York and his company’s Eastern European offices.
Kimberly Howard holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Columbia University in New York City. Prior to moving to Portland, she taught acting, directing, and history of theatre at Walla Walla College in Walla Walla, Washington. She was most recently seen as Mama in Distracted at Artists Rep. Kimberly is an ensemble member of Sorjourn Theatre where she has performed in their award winning shows The War Project: Nine Acts of Determination and 7 Great Loves. She’s also appeared with Sojourn Theatre in One Day, The Visitors, Witness Our Schools, Good Throwing Bones, Built and in Tratuffe: The Visitor, for which she won a Portland Critic Drammy Award.
Notice anything? There's not a single predictable "Portland celebrity" on the list. It's a promising lineup—Dan Cho's story should be particularly interesting.