Press Release

February 05, 2019

The Moth Returns to Lincoln Center Friday, March 22 at Alice Tully Hall

Lincoln Center News






Mainstage Show Lineup Includes Host Dame Wilburn

and a Diverse Group of Powerful Storytellers


Tickets On Sale February 12


WHAT: Dedicated to the art of live storytelling, The Moth returns to Lincoln Center to celebrate the launch of its new book, Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible at Alice Tully Hall. A lineup of engaging storytellers will present tales of everyday marvels and chance encounters, and lightening-bolt revelations, sharing states of perplexity, quandaries, and challenges—and the moments of clarity and wonder that helped shed light on the path. Moth favorite Dame Wilburn hosts this inspiring evening which will feature stories from poet Wang Ping and journalist Liel Leibovitz (both of whom have stories in Occasional Magic), as well as author/minister Kate Braestrup, writer Will Mackin, and newscaster Lee Thomas. Occasional Magic marks the seventh collaboration between The Moth and Lincoln Center.


WHEN: Friday, March 22, 7:30 pm 


WHERE: Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway, New York City


TICKETS: $30/$50 - on sale to the general public February 12 at 10:00 am or 212.721.6500



Dame Wilburn is a poet, storyteller, and writer. She is also Chief Marketing Director for Twisted Willow Soap Company. After honing her storytelling abilities by attending the Detroit Waldorf School for ten years and spending summers on the front porch of her grandparents’ home in Macon, Georgia, Dame went on to be a Moth GrandSLAM champion and frequent Moth Mainstage storyteller and host. Dame spends her free time working on her first book. She is married to the most beautiful woman in the world and has four fur babies who are the bane of her existence.



From storytelling phenomenon The Moth, Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying The Impossible is a new collection of unforgettable true stories including contributions from Meg Wolitzer, Adam Gopnik, Krista Tippett, Andrew Solomon, Rosanne Cash, Ophira Eisenberg, Wang Ping, and more. Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of stories told live, Occasional Magic features voices familiar and new. Storytellers from around the world share times when, in the face of seemingly impossible situations, they found moments of beauty, wonder, and clarity. From a fifteen-year-old saving a life in Chicago to a mother of triplets trekking to the North Pole to a ninety-year-old Russian man recalling his standoff with the KGB, these storytellers attest to the richness of the human experience and the shared threads that connect us all. With honesty and humor, they stare down their fear, embrace uncertainty, and encourage us all to be more authentic, vulnerable, and alive.  Learn more at



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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 30 cities, The Moth has presented over 35,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide, and it currently produces more than 600 live shows each year. Additionally, The Moth runs storytelling workshops for high-school students and adults in underserved communities through their Education and Community Programs and develops innovative applications for Moth storytelling through MothWorks, their Corporate Program. The Moth podcast is downloaded over 53 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award–winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, is heard on over 485 radio stations worldwide. The Moth’s first book, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hachette) was an international bestseller and its recent book, All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown (Crown), is available now. For more information:




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