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September 11, 2019

The Moth Mainstage Returns to Lincoln Center

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 Actress Kathleen Turner Joins Diverse Group of Engaging Storytellers Sharing

True Personal Tales Live From Alice Tully Hall


Tickets On Sale Today


New York, NY (September 11, 2019) — Beloved storytelling nonprofit The Moth—the force behind the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour and the ultra-popular podcast—returns to Lincoln Center for the seventh time on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m., with its signature Mainstage show. Hosted by Moth favorite Tara Clancy, the evening features true stories, on the theme of Tug of War, told live, without notes, by five inspiring storytellers including Kathleen Turner, Jeremy Jennings, Samuel James, and Sarfraz Manzoor. Violinist Mazz Swift rounds out the cast. Tug of War marks the seventh collaboration between The Moth and Lincoln Center. Tickets go on sale today, September 11.


“We are thrilled to once again take the stage at Lincoln Center,” says Catherine Burns, Artistic Director at The Moth. “The theme is ‘tug-of-war’—a term that connotes a competition or two opposing forces—but we at The Moth believe that storytelling has the ability to promote stronger connections, greater understanding, and to bring people together.”


Tickets for Tug of War start at $30 and are available online at, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500 (open daily 10:00 am-9:00 pm), or at Alice Tully Hall, located at 1941 Broadway at 66th Street, ground floor, Monday–Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm, Sunday, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm.


The Moth at Lincoln Center: Tug of War

Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 pm

Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (1941 Broadway at 66th Street)



Additional information is available at


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About the Show

Tara Clancy is a writer, comic and actor. She is a frequent host of The Moth Mainstage shows and has told stories on The Moth Radio Hour, NPR’s Snap Judgment and Risk! Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Nation, The Paris Review Daily and The New York Times Magazine. She appeared on HBO’s Girls and High Maintenance, and has been a panelist on NPR’S Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Her memoir, The Clancys of Queens, was a 2016 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. More info at


Violin/Vox/Freestyle Composition artist Mazz Swift engages audiences worldwide with her signature weaving of improvisation and composition. She is a composer and educator whose works include commissions by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the University of Delaware, the Canales Project, The New Harmony Music Festival, and the Blaffer Foundation. She is also a Jerome Hill Fellow, currently working on several projects, all of which involve conduction (conducted improvisation) and are centered around protest songs, spirituals and the Ghanaian concept of ‘Sankofa’: looking back to learn how to move forward.


Samuel James is a journalist and columnist living in Portland, Maine. He primarily covers local and national issues as they relate to race. James is also an internationally touring musician and storyteller.


Jeremy Jennings was born in Northern California and is both the descendant of Spanish colonial soldiers who settled in what is now the city of San Gabriel in the County of Los Angeles, and the descendant of British farmers from the colony of South Carolina who later became settlers in Kansas, Nebraska and California. He is the grandson of WWII and Korean War veterans and the son of a retired U.S. Navy Captain. Jeremy grew up in Japan, New York City, California and Virginia. Jeremy enlisted in the California Army National Guard in 2000 and served 8 years as a field artillery sergeant. He was called to active-duty after September 11, 2001 and served on a security team at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California before deploying to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for detainee operations in 2004, New Orleans for hurricane Katrina relief in 2005, the California-Mexico border for Operation Jump Start in 2006, and Camp Taji, Iraq in 2007. Today, Jeremy is a freshwater fish ecologist, ally of the Salmon Peoples of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and an instrument of peace.


Sarfraz Manzoor is a journalist, author and broadcaster. His journalism appears in The Guardian, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Times and many other publications, and he is also a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Greetings from Bury Park, a memoir about growing up in 80s Luton as a working class British Pakistani Muslim whose life was transformed by the music of Bruce Springsteen. Manzoor has co-written a feature film adaption of his book. The film, Blinded by the Light, is directed by Gurinder Chadha, who directed Bend it like Beckham. It was a huge hit at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in cinemas in the USA and around the world this fall. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @sarfrazmanzoor.

Among Kathleen Turner’s numerous accolades are Golden Globes for Romancing The Stone and Prizzi’s Honor, an Academy Award nomination for Peggy Sue Got Married, Tony Award nominations for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (for which she also received an Evening Standard Theatre Award in the West End and Drama Desk Award nomination), BAFTA nomination for Body Heat, and two Grammy Award nominations. Her film credits include The Man With Two Brains, Jewel Of The Nile, The Accidental Tourist, The Virgin Suicides, among many others. On Broadway, she has also starred in High, The Graduate and Indiscretions. Additional theater credits include Bakersfield Mist in the West End; Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit Of Molly Ivins at Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Geffen Playhouse, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Mother Courage And Her Children and The Year Of Magical Thinking at Arena Stage. Also a best-selling author, she wrote the books Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts On My Life, Love, and Leading Roles and Kathleen Turner On Acting.


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 thousands of free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, 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 more than four decades 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 at 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 is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, contact Accessibility at Lincoln Center at [email protected] or 212.875.5375. 
About The Moth

The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 35,000 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, Boots Riley, Krista Tippett, Rosanne Cash, Danyel Smith 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 30 cities: 27 in the US plus Sydney and Melbourne, AU and London, UK; The Moth Community Program, which offers storytelling workshops and performance opportunities to adults who are too often overlooked by the mainstream media; The Moth Education Program, which brings the thrill of personal storytelling to high schools and colleges in New York, and educators around the world; The Moth Global Community Program, which develops and elevates true, personal stories from extraordinary individuals in the global south; The Moth Podcast, which is downloaded more than 72 million times a year; MothWorks, which uses the essential elements of Moth storytelling at work and other unexpected places; and the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour which airs weekly on 500 public radio stations nationwide. To date, The Moth has published three critically acclaimed books: The New York Times Best Seller, The Moth: 50 True Stories (Hachette Books, September 2013), All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown (Crown Archetype, March 2017) — described as “wonderful” by NYT’s Michiko Kakutani and Occasional Magic: True Stories of Defying the Impossible (Crown Archetype, March 2019) which debuted at #12 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.






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