The 6th Annual Presentation Of The Moth Mainstage

Presented by Center for the Arts

The Center Presents
The 6th Annual Presentation of The Moth Mainstage
March 3 / 7 pm
Virtual Event

Access to the video begins at 7 pm on March 3 and ends at 7 pm on March 4. You must buy tickets before 7 pm on March 3 to gain access to the 24-hour rewatch period.

For this performance, you can pick your own ticket price. Proceeds from your purchase are split between The Moth and Center for the Arts. Please pay what you can to help us continue to bring you excellent programming. Only ONE ticket is needed per household.

The Moth returns to The Center for its 6th annual Mainstage performance – this year virtually. Since its launch in 1997, THE MOTH has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 20,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year.


PETER AGUERO was born and raised in the wilds of South Jersey. He’s been working with The Moth since 2007 as a storyteller, instructor, and host. His solo show “Daddy Issues” has played the far reaches and middle grounds of North America, mostly to acclaim (except for one guy in Fresno, CA. That guy hated it). He spends most of his time listening to The Allman Brothers while making weaponized profane ceramics in Queens.


ALI REZA FARAHNAKIAN was born in Esfahan, Iran in the fall of 1968. He is an immigrant and a work in progress. He convinced his parents to move to America in the summer of 1969 to seek our fame and fortune. He is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an alumnus of The ImprovOlympic, The Second City Chicago and Saturday Night Live. He has acted on The Steppenwolf Mainstage, BAM and Playwrights Horizon. He has been on the original Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Law and Order: SVU in NYC and in numerous films, commercials and television shows. He founded The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater, in 2002 in NYC. His website is Spread the Word!!!

RUTH MCDANIELS, a descendent of Trinidad and Tobago, migrated to the historic neighborhoods of New York City at an early age. Receiving her education through various private schools throughout the city, Ruth found an interest in law enforcement. Ruth pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree at the College of New Rochelle, majoring in Communications, graduating with honors, as well as being inducted into the Gamma Kappa Pi Honor Society. Ruth is also a 2020 candidate for MPA at College of New Rochelle. Ruth’s motto is “Let your Yeah be Yeah, and your Nay be Nay,” as she is a firm believer in fighting for justice and holding herself and other leaders in the community accountable. Most importantly, Ruth’s proudest achievements are her five children and seven grand-children.

EDGAR RUIZ JR. is a proud New Yorican born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, and raised in The Bronx. Currently, Edgar is a care coordinator, residing in Westchester County, NY, with his wife, where they’re restoring a semi-haunted colonial house from 1924. When not ghostbusting, he enjoys making silly internet videos with his 4-year-old son and empowering his 1-year-old daughter. His hobbies include writing SNL fan fiction, arguing about Star Wars, working on his old Chevy Nova that will probably never run again, and performing stand-up comedy.

AMANDA STERN is the author of the novel The Long Haul and the memoir Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life. She created and ran the popular Happy Ending Reading Series from 2003-2018 and now hosts and produces the podcast Bookable. She’s at work on her next book, which will probably be just hundreds of blank pages.


DEBBIE CHRISTINE TJONG is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and actress. An alumni of Berklee College of Music, she has been working professionally as a singer and piano player for 10 years. In addition to piano and voice, she plays the bass, guitar and drums. She has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions, most recently being in the ensemble and understudying the female lead in The Wrong Man, helmed by the team of Hamilton and nominated for 9 Drama Desk awards.

About The Moth:

The Moth is a nonprofit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 40,000 true personal stories, told live, without notes, to standing-room-only audiences around the globe. Renowned for showcasing a broad range of human experiences, The Moth produces approximately 600 live shows each year and has an ongoing presence in 30 cities worldwide. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high school students, teachers, adults and advocates from around the world through its Education, Community and Global Programs, and MothWorks which uses the essential elements of Moth storytelling at work and other unexpected places. The Moth Podcast is downloaded over 73 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison at Atlantic Public Media and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, is heard on over 550 radio stations. The Moth has published three critically acclaimed books — international bestseller The Moth: 50 True Stories (2013), All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown (2017) and The New York Times Best Seller, Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible (2019).

Originally recorded on November 12, 2020, from St. Ann's Church

Directed by: Catherine Burns and Jenifer Hixson
Executive Producers: Sarah Haberman and Sarah Austin Jenness
Produced by: Jodi Powell and Zora Shaw

Thanks to generous support from First Republic Bank and Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, The Center invested in a complete livestream system. We are honored to bring quality livestream events to our community, now and well into the future.

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