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October 17, 2017

The Moth Returns to Lincoln Center for Blinded by the Light

White Light Festival

Isabel Sinistore / Meryl Cooper

212.671.4195 / 917.974.0022

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The Moth Returns to Lincoln Center for

Blinded by the Light


An Evening of Reflections on Illumination and Light

Part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, November 8


Additional Collaborations Include StorySLAM and The Moth Mainstage,

November 21, 2017 and April 18, 2018


New York, NY (October 17, 2017) — Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The Moth will partner for three upcoming shows, beginning with Blinded by the Light on Wednesday, November 8. This event is part of the 2017 White Light Festival, which explores the power of art to illuminate our inner and communal lives, with more than 35 events presented across the city, and The Moth’s 20th anniversary.


Blinded by the Light will feature true, personal stories by five inspiring storytellers, alongside violinist Mazz Swift and the evening’s host, Moth GrandSLAM champion Peter Aguero. During this intimate performance, the storytellers will recount personal revelations driven by the sometimes contradictory nature of light— which can help us see, but also act as a blinding force.


Blinded by the Light is the third collaboration between Lincoln Center and The Moth. Previous engagements include All These Wonders in March 2017, featuring stories about facing the unknown, and Making Waves in 2016, as part of the World Science Festival. Additional upcoming partnerships include a StorySLAM in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, and a Moth Mainstage presentation in Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.


“We are very happy to be partnering with The Moth this fall and beyond,” said Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director at Lincoln Center. “Self-illumination is central to the White Light Festival’s focus. Sharing these personal revelations and private moments in a communal setting will add another, intimate dimension for our audiences this year. We look forward to Blinded by the Light and to continued evenings of reflection as we welcome The Moth to Lincoln Center later this fall and next spring.”


“We are thrilled to be partnering with Lincoln Center again, both in the spring and in this fall’s White Light Festival. We are grateful to them for including storytelling in this year’s festival,” says Catherine Burns, Artistic Director at The Moth. “Storytelling is one of the world’s oldest art forms, arising from the earliest people sharing stories by the light of camp fires. For the last 20 years, The Moth has used stories to shine a light on our commonalities with the hope of promoting stronger connections, greater understanding, and the ability to see each other more clearly.” 


Lincoln Center’s eighth annual White Light Festival explores transcendence and faith in the human spirit as exhibited through artistic expression across continents and centuries. The Moth marks its 20th anniversary in 2017, celebrating more than 20,000 true and personal stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life.


Tickets for Blinded by the Light start at $35 and are available at, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located within the Time Warner Center on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor, Monday–Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm, Sunday, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm.


Tickets for the November 21, 2017 StorySLAM will go on sale on Tuesday, November 7 at


Tickets for the April 18, 2018 Mainstage event will be available to Friends of Lincoln Center and Friends of The Moth on March 6 at 10:00 am. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 12 at 10:00 am. Tickets may be purchased at


Additional information is available at and


Blinded by the Light

Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30 pm


Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall


With nothing but air standing between teller and listener, The Moth has emerged as a champion of oral tradition and an inspiring literary phenomenon. Famously note-free, the collective’s live events crackle with immediacy and connection, reintroducing humanity into the stories we tell each other. During this intimate evening performance, a diverse group of storytellers share moments of illumination and reflect on the dual nature of light, which can be an agent of clarity or blindness.


This show is presented by The Moth in partnership with Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.


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The White Light Festival is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), which 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 41 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.


Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. The reimagination of David Geffen Hall will play an important part in these efforts. For more information, visit


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at 212.875.5375.

About The Moth

The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 20,000 stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-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 27 cities, 24 in the U.S., plus Sydney and Melbourne, A.U., and London, U.K.; 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.


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Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and


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