The Long Wharf with Bisno Productions presents "The Moth: Stories of Rescue and Redemption" at the Connecticut company's C. Newton Schenck Mainstage Oct. 6 at 7:30 PM. Tony Hendra ("This Is Spinal Tap") hosts.
"Having a wonderful local personality such as Mike Morand coupled with such a renowned Tony Award winning and TV and film actress as Joanna Gleason typifies what 'The Moth' is all about - we hear stories from all walks of life - we are privy to an intimate glimpse into the life of a personality we see on screen, and in the same night, we'll witness a community leader sharing a very personal private tale," said producer Debbie Bisno Goldman. "The up close and personal vulnerability factor makes the Moth truly unique. We basically get to be at a cocktail party with all new people sharing their most interesting and intimate stories."
"The Moth" — following sold-out performances last year — returns for a third year. The unique storytelling event "is organized around a theme and features five or six storytellers who tell a 10-minute story," according to an announcement. "The event gathers storytellers from all walks of life – notable literary figures, celebrities, and everyday people, each of whom share personal and true spellbinding tales."
This year's theme is "Stories of Rescue and Redemption," which will feature "tales of risk, dangerous predicaments, and nick-of-time salvation."
Gleason, who earned her Tony for Into the Woods, was last seen on Broadway in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — for which she earned her third Tony nomination (her first nod was for Joe Egg). Other credits include I Love My Wife, The Real Thing, Social Security, Nick and Nora, The Normal Heart, It's Only a Play and Eleemosynary. On film she has been seen in "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Boogie Nights" and "Mr. Holland’s Opus." Tickets to "The Moth, An Urban Storytelling Event" at Long Wharf's C. Newton Schenck Mainstage, 222 Sargent Drive, are available by phone at (203) 787-4282 and online at longwharf.org. For more information, visit themoth.org.