The Moth – SOLD OUT

Ophira Eisenberg, Deonna Marie Cattledge, Kelli Dunham, Esmond Fountain and Victoria Hetherington

The Moth – SOLD OUT

Ophira Eisenberg, Deonna Marie Cattledge, Kelli Dunham, Esmond Fountain and Victoria Hetherington

7:30pm

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Koerner Hall in the Telus Centre for Performance & Learning

273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

Please note: This is an offsite event.

120 mins

Gather for an evening of true stories told live and without notes. The Moth brings the power of personal storytelling to millions of people each year, creating community and building empathy around the world. The Toronto International Festival of Authors is proud to present The Moth Mainstage as a precursor celebration to kick off our annual 11-day festival (September 21 – October 1). The Mainstage is the quintessential Moth experience, a two-act show —featuring a musical act— where the storytellers and a notable host share true personal stories, without notes. The show will dance between documentary and theatre, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience. Don’t miss “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” (The Wall Street Journal) in town for one night only, to experience this internationally renowned storytelling phenomenon.

Ophira Eisenberg will host the evening with stories from Deonna Marie Cattledge, Kelli Dunham, Esmond Fountain and Victoria Hetherington.

 

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!

 

RCM Tickets Box Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 12pm-6pm and 3 hours prior to a performance on Sundays or holidays.
Box Office remains open until showtime on show nights.
Box office phone number for ticket sales: 416-408-0208

Toronto International Festival of Authors logo - Festival Dates: September 21 to October 1, 2023    The Moth event image

Performance
Presentation

Gather for an evening of true stories told live and without notes. The Moth brings the power of personal storytelling to millions of people each year, creating community and building empathy around the world. The Toronto International Festival of Authors is proud to present The Moth Mainstage as a precursor celebration to kick off our annual 11-day festival (September 21 – October 1). The Mainstage is the quintessential Moth experience, a two-act show —featuring a musical act— where the storytellers and a notable host share true personal stories, without notes. The show will dance between documentary and theatre, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience. Don’t miss “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” (The Wall Street Journal) in town for one night only, to experience this internationally renowned storytelling phenomenon.

Ophira Eisenberg will host the evening with stories from Deonna Marie Cattledge, Kelli Dunham, Esmond Fountain and Victoria Hetherington.

 

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!

 

RCM Tickets Box Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 12pm-6pm and 3 hours prior to a performance on Sundays or holidays.
Box Office remains open until showtime on show nights.
Box office phone number for ticket sales: 416-408-0208

Toronto International Festival of Authors logo - Festival Dates: September 21 to October 1, 2023    The Moth event image

Performance
Presentation

Featured Authors

Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comedian, writer, and the host of the new comedy podcast Parenting Is A Joke with iHeart Radio and Pretty Good Friends. She also hosted NPR’s Ask Me Another where she interviewed hundreds of celebrities including Sir Patrick Harris, Rosie Perez, Yo-Yo Ma, Awkwafina, Roxanne Gay, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Handler and more. She’s appeared multiple times on CBS’s The Late Late Show, Comedy Central, HBO, The New York Festival, Just For Laughs, Moontower, SXSW, and is regular host and teller on The Moth Radio Hour and her stories are included in three of The Moth’s best-selling collections, including the most recent: How To Tell A Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling from The Moth. Her memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a television series, and her new comedy special Plant-Based Jokes is streaming on YouTube. Her solo show Leaving A Mark: A Comedy About Scars recently made its Off-Broadway review to rave reviews and won the Women in the Arts & Media Award for Solo Show Scripts.

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Deonna Marie Cattledge is a vocalist, storyteller, actress & intuitive vocal coach from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is the writer & creator of The Deonna Marie Experience: From the Crack House to the Opera House, a one-woman show about her life, which debuted this summer at Factory Obscura in Oklahoma City. Deonna Marie is a classically trained opera singer with 3 degrees in Vocal Performance and has been a Resident Artist with Adèle Wolf Productions for more than 3 years. She will be starring in the soon-to-be-released documentary Finding Cricket’s Choir, and was the vocal coach for the upcoming full-length feature film, Cricket’s Requiem, scheduled to be released this year. Whether it’s singing, storytelling, or acting, Deonna Marie uses her rich and captivating voice to transcend emotions and has raised audiences to their feet on stages all over the world.

Read more about Deonna Marie Cattledge

Kelli Dunham is the nonbinary ex-nun nurse trauma-informed comedian so common in modern Brooklyn. Kelli has appeared on Showtime's Penn & Teller Bulls**t, BBC-4's Sunday Religious Program and the Discovery Channel, and is the author of seven hilarious non-fiction books about not humorous subjects including puberty, grief and death. Kelli's writing has appeared on Autostraddle, XOJane, HuffPost Personal, The New Republic, Time, Thought Catalog, Lady Science and NPR. Kelli loves to talk about LGBT health, caregiving, grief, death and humor, sometimes all at the same time.

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Esmond Fountain is a storyteller/comedian based in Brooklyn who firmly believes that an order of French fries qualifies as a meal. Esmond is a military brat, so you're better off not asking him where he's from. As a CMB (Certified Mommas Boy), Esmond never lets 24 hours pass without talking to Tammy. There are less than three people who've ever seen Esmond without a hat, you will never be one of them. When he's not finding ways to make fries healthy he's working on his solo show that he's looking to finish this year.

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Victoria Hetherington is the author of two novels: Mooncalves (Now or Never Books, 2019), which was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon First Novel Award, and Autonomy (Dundurn and Rare Machines, 2022). She is also the author of Into The Mist, a non-fiction historical account that explores a decades-long mystery in rural Saskatchewan. Hetherington lives in Toronto.  

Read more about Victoria Hetherington

7:30pm

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Koerner Hall in the Telus Centre for Performance & Learning

273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

Please note: This is an offsite event.

120 mins

TIFA 2023

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