Arts & Lectures
SUN, OCT 1, 2017

Leap of Faith: The Moth in Santa Monica

The Broad Stage - Main Stage


Host: Dan Kennedy
Bruce McCulloch
Shauna McGarry
Donna Otter
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. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theatre, creating a unique, intimate and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Program notes available here.

The Moth is proud to acknowledge our generous sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Herzfeld Foundation, Amazon Literary Partnership, Kate Spade & Company Foundation

Not recommended for children.

Photograph by Denise Ofelia Mangen

Dan Kennedy is host of The Moth podcast, a longtime host and performer at Moth live events, and has spent much of the last fifteen years traveling the world performing and writing. His stories have appeared in GQ Magazine, on the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, in McSweeney's, and in numerous print anthologies. He is the author of three books, Loser Goes First (Random House/Crown 2003), Rock On (Algonquin 2008, a Times of London Book of The Year, series rights bought by HBO) and American Spirit (Houghton Mifflin/Little 2013, a Publishers Weekly starred review). He has been a guest lecturer at Yale, and a guest author at The Harvard Lampoon in celebration of his work anthologized in The Best of McSweeney's Humor. He lives in downtown New York, where he is currently working on another screenplay.

Bruce McCulloch is best known as a member of the Kids In The Hall comedy troupe and spends much of his time in Los Angeles writing, directing and producing television. Among his TV credits are ABC’s Carpoolers, Brooklyn 99, and Saturday Night Live. As a film director his most notable work includes Dog Park starring Luke Wilson and Superstar starring Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell. But perhaps his first love is performing live. His solo shows include Two-Headed Roommate, Jazz Stenographers, Slightly Bigger Cities, and most recently Young Drunk Punk which was turned into a television series currently airing on Seeso. His comic memoir, Let’s Start A Riot, was published by Harper Collins and he’s currently working on his next book entitled Tales Of Bravery And Stupidity. Additionally, he’s written for magazines such as The New YorkerTheGlobe and Mail, and The Huffington Post.

Shauna McGarry hopes every stranger who approaches her is an estate lawyer coming to tell her she’s just inherited a modest castle in western Ireland. Maybe because of this, she is perpetually disappointed. (

Donna Otter has been curious about how to say “What Happened Today” ever since she started her first gold-keyed diary in 5th grade (she’s now on Diary #98). She grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, raised her daughters in Ramona, California and moved to Portland six years ago. She’s an expressive arts therapist, editor, mail art fan, “Doo-Dah” to 2-year-old Mina, and terrarium purveyor at Artemisia. She started listening to The Moth podcast a little more than a year ago, and promptly wrote in her journal, “I wonder if I could ever tell a Moth story?”


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