February 13, 2017
Lincoln Center News
Press Contacts: Amanda Angel
Meryl W Cooper
UPDATED: March 8, 2017
LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS
ALL THESE WONDERS: THE MOTH AT LINCOLN CENTER ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Special Mainstage Performance Celebrates Debut of Storytelling Nonprofit The Moth’s Second Book
New York, NY (February 13, 2017) — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts presents All These Wonders: The Moth at Lincoln Center on March 29, 2017, at 7:30 pm in Alice Tully Hall. This special evening celebrates the release of THE MOTH PRESENTS ALL THESE WONDERS: True Stories about Facing the Unknown, the second book from The Moth—a nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.
The evening of storytelling will be hosted by The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and will feature five people personally recounting their true stories of facing the unknown. The storytellers include eminent singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash; life coach, real estate specialist, Broadway actress, and singer Ana Del Castillo; autistic scholar and author John Elder Robison; artist and jewelry designer Phyllis Marie Bowdwin; and musician, actor, and philanthropist Andy Fischer-Price. In keeping with The Moth's tradition, the rules are simple: All stories are true and told without notes. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining.
THE MOTH PRESENTS ALL THESE WONDERS offers a spellbinding celebration of 20 years of Moth storytellers who have stepped up to the microphone and bared their souls to a crowd of strangers. The book presents 45 stories—all carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling. Alongside Louis C.K., Tig Notaro, John Turturro, and Meg Wolitzer, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time; an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family; a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a “one-hit wonder”; a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill’s “secret army” during World War II; and more.
“We’re honored to return to Lincoln Center to launch our latest book, ALL THESE WONDERS, from the stage of Alice Tully Hall,” says Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of The Moth. “Last June’s program at Lincoln Center, which was in partnership with World Science Festival, was one for the ages. The architecture and acoustics of the hall make it an exceptional place to hear stories and celebrate the release of our new story collection.”
“We are privileged to present a wide range of performing arts at Lincoln Center, including spoken word, and we are excited to present The Moth again,” says Peter Duffin, Senior Vice President, Brand and Marketing at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. “We’re thrilled to be part of the launch of ALL THESE WONDERS and are looking forward to what is sure to be a scintillating evening in Alice Tully Hall.”
Tickets for All These Wonders: The Moth at Lincoln Center are priced at $30 and $50. They will be available to Friends of Lincoln Center and Friends of The Moth on February 13 at 10:00 am. Remaining tickets go on sale to the general public on February 20 at 10:00 am. Tickets may be purchased at LincolnCenter.org/TheMoth.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Rosanne Cash (Storyteller), one of the country’s preeminent singer-songwriters, has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four Grammy Awards and 11 nominations, as well as 21 top-40 hits, including 11 number-one singles. She is also an author whose four books include the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.” Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Oxford- American, the Nation, and many more print and online publications. In addition to regular touring, Cash has partnered in programming collaborations with Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, San Francisco Jazz, Minnesota Orchestra, and The Library of Congress. She was awarded the SAG/AFTRA Lifetime Achievement Award for Sound Recordings in 2012 and received the 2014 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award in the Performing Arts. She was chosen as a Perspective Series Artist at Carnegie Hall for the 2015–16 season and curated a series of American roots music, including her own show. She continues her association with Carnegie Hall as a Creative Partner for the 2017–8 season. She also served as 2015 Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame that same year. Cash’s landmark 2009 album, The List, won the Americana Music Album of the Year Award. In her latest release, The River and the Thread, a collaboration with husband, co-writer, producer and arranger John Leventhal, Cash evokes a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, musical, and historic landscape of the American South.
Adam Gopnik (Host), The New Yorker staff writer, has been contributing to the magazine since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction, humor, book reviews, and profiles, and reported pieces from abroad. In the past five years, Gopnik has engaged in many musical projects, working both as a lyricist and librettist. With the composer David Shire, he wrote both book and lyrics for the musical comedy TABLE, produced in 2016 by the Long Wharf Theatre under the direction of Gordon Edelstein. He wrote the libretto for Nico Muhly’s oratorio Sentences, which premiered in London at the Barbican in June of 2015. Other projects include collaborating on a one-woman show for the soprano Melissa Errico, Sing the Silence, which debuted in November of 2015 at the Public Theater in New York, and co-writing new songs with David Shire, Scott Frankel, and Peter Mills. Future projects include a new musical with Scott Frankel.
John Elder Robison (Storyteller) is an autistic adult who grew up undiagnosed and wild in a world of machines. At 16 he was lord and master of a small tractor and a CDC 3600 computer. By age 20, he moved on to more sophisticated devices and found himself in jail on a small Caribbean island. At 21, he was the engineer for KISS, where he designed their signature special effects guitars. In search of greater challenges, Robison went on to design power systems for our country’s last underground nuclear tests, which led him to establish a business restoring Bentley, Land Rover, and Mercedes motorcars. He continues to oversee that business today, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is also the Neurodiversity Scholar at The College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a Visiting Professor of Practice at Bay Path University in Longmeadow. Robison is The New York Times best-selling author of Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, Raising Cubby, and Switched On. He has appeared on a number of radio and television shows and has written numerous articles and essays, including the definitive work on Diagnosis of Noises in Land Rover Engines and a fine monograph on how autistic Polynesians may have colonized the southwest Pacific. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his family and an Imperial Chinese War Pug.
Phyllis Marie Bowdwin (Storyteller) is a Bronx-born artist, jewelry designer, and griot who captures her people's history through her writing and her art. She was a teacher trainer for the NYC Department of Education, crisis intervention counselor for the Marble Collegiate Church, and coordinator of daytime casting at ABC. She served as a panelist on the UN's 2013 Pre-commission Forum on the Elimination and Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls. Her art has been featured in The New York Times, exhibited at the New York Historical Society, and acquired for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Bowdwin holds a BA from The New School and an MA in Education from Adelphi University. Her short fiction has been published in the UFT's Reflections Magazine and her news articles have appeared in The Black Star News and The Independent. Known as “the Bronx Pickle,” “the Quiet Fire,” and “that nosy, troublemaking #$%@&*,” Bowdin is currently completing her first collection of short stories.
Ana Del Castillo (Storyteller) is a corporate wench, a life coach, and a real estate mini-magnate—that last part about real estate only in her own mind. She has performed on Broadway and on tour as an actress and singer, belting out songs and acting her way through other writer’s written words. Del Castillo is thrilled to be “performing" her own words at The Moth—a true dream come true! Heartfelt gratitude and love goes to her rock-star friends, her crazy Cuban family, the incomparable Seth Barrish, and her constantly shedding dog, Tobey.
Andy Fischer-Price (Storyteller) is a musician and an actor. He plays bass and sings in the psychedelic rock group Smoky Knights, is a founding member of folk trio The Good Mad, and occasionally tours with pop-duo Heffron Drive. His most recent work as an actor includes playing a Christian rock singer on ABC's Modern Family and playing a woman in Cameron Fife's Killing Diaz, a dark comedy feature film due out later in 2017. Andy and his sister, Katie Rose, are currently working with San Diego nonprofit SherpaCares.org to rebuild the Himalayan English Boarding School in Lukla, Nepal, after it was destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes. The new school will be dedicated to their late father, Seattle mountaineer Scott Fischer.
ABOUT LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 40 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
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ABOUT THE MOTH
The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 20,000 stories, told live and without notes to standingroom-only crowds worldwide. The Moth conducts seven ongoing programs: The Moth Mainstage, which tours internationally, has featured stories by Malcolm Gladwell, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, John Turturro, Molly Ringwald, and Tig Notaro, as well as an astronaut, a pickpocket, a hotdog eating champion, and hundreds more; The Moth StorySLAM program, which conducts open mic storytelling competitions in 26 cities, 22 in the U.S. plus Sydney and Melbourne, AU, London, U.K., and Dublin, IE; The Moth Community Program, which offers storytelling workshops and performance opportunities to adults who are too often overlooked by the mainstream media; The Moth High School StorySLAMs, which bring the thrill of personal storytelling to high schools in New York and educators around the world; The Moth Podcast, which is downloaded more than 44 million times a year; The Moth Corporate Program, which provides industry-specific storytelling solutions; and Peabody Award–winning The Moth Radio Hour, which airs weekly on 450+ public radio stations nationwide. Learn more at TheMoth.org.
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