Nine Lives: The Moth supports Ed Gavagan and the Artisans of the Greenwich St Studio

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:00pm

Tickets: $20 suggest donation at the door
Reserved seating: $50 suggested donation (Email or to arrange.)

Join The Moth as we bring together some of New York's most beloved storytellers!

Long-time Moth friend and storyteller Ed Gavagan’s day job is running his own design and build firm. One of his projects was creating The Moth offices. He has continued to refine our space to keep pace with our expanded needs as we have grown over the last two years. Some elements of The Moth headquarters were built in a workshop that Ed shared with a group of artisans in TriBeCa.

A few weeks ago, a 3-alarm fire destroyed those studios. While grateful that nobody was hurt in the blaze, the metalsmiths, woodworkers, furniture makers and designers who shared the spaces lost their materials, tools, equipment and numerous projects underway. In addition to losing their livelihoods, some of the craftsmen lost their living spaces as well. Even more importantly, the building is now condemned, so they will not be able to re-build together in that location.

Please join with the Moth and spend an evening with ten of New York's finest storytellers - all to benefit this community as they try to start again after the fire.

Hosted by:
Peter Aguero

Stories by:

  • Elna Baker
  • Erin Barker
  • David Crabb
  • Cyndi Freeman
  • Brad Lawrence
  • Jim O’Grady
  • Kate Tellers
  • Adam Wade
  • Steve Zimmer
  • among others


Our Host
Peter Aguero was born and raised in the wilds of South Jersey and now resides with his lovely wife in the wilds of Queens. He is a Moth GrandSLAM Champion, host of Moth StorySLAMs, and an instructor for the MothSHOP Community Education Program. An unrepentant narcissist, he’s told stories across the US, Canada, and Europe. He is also the lead singer of The BTK Band, New York City’s hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band. Peter loves his mom.

Our Storytellers
Elna Baker is a writer and comedic storyteller. She’s appeared on The Moth Radio Hour, This American Life, BBC Radio 4, All Things Considered, WTF with Marc Maron, Studio 360, The Sound of Young America, The Joy Behar Show and at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She’s written for ELLE, Glamour, Men’s Journal, O Magazine, More Magazine, Five Dials Literary Journal and As a solo performer she created the shows: If You See Something, Say Some- thing, A Mexican-Mormon and A Book of Over-Dramatic Confessions. Her memoir The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance was published by Penguin, earning four stars in People Magazine and the 2010 AML award for best humor writing. She’s also the co-host and co-creator of The Talent Show, recently named best variety show by New York Magazine.

Erin Barker is a producer of science storytelling project The Story Collider (, as well as a host of its live show in New York. She is a winner of The Moth's GrandSLAM competition. As a copy editor, she has worked on more than a hundred thriller, romance, and young adult novels, which means she probably knows more about vampires than you do.

David Crabb is a performer, writer and storyteller in New York City. He is a Moth StorySLAM host and the co-creator/producer of the live storytelling series Ask Me Stories. His one-person show Bad Kid was met with critical acclaim and named a New York Times Critics' Pick. The memoir comes out later this year.

Writer and Perfomrmer Cyndi Freeman is a two-time Fringenyc award winning performer, playwright, and theatrical producer. She has created and produced several solo shows, including: I Kissed Dash Riprock, which was performed as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Assembly Rooms, and won a “Best in Festival Award for Excellence” at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival. I Kissed Dash Riprock also enjoyed success in Boston, toured the UK with Guy Masterson Productions and was presented by Xaviera Hollander in Amsterdam. Inside Cherry Pitz was presented at the EdFringe at The Gilded Balloon, in NYC at The Midtown International Theatre Festival and at The Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival. Ms Freeman is a recipient of a grand prize playwriting fellowship award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (with collaborator Ellen Groves).

Brad Lawrence is a host of And I Am Not Lying and has also hosted for The Moth. He has performed to sold out houses everywhere from South By Southwest to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and can regularly be seen contributing to storytelling, stand-up, variety, and burlesque shows throughout New York. He is a also long standing member of The BTK Band, the world's only improvised storytelling rock band, Bring The Kids.

Jim O'Grady is the transportation reporter for WNYC. He has also told stories on This American Life, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen and The Moth podcast. If his life was half as eventful as Ed Gavagan's, he would've dropped from exhaustion twelve times by now.

Kate Tellers' stories have appeared in the New York Press, on the Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy (columnist), on, and on stages. She is a host of The Moth StorySLAMs in New York City.

Adam Wade is originally from New Hampshire. He's an 18-time StorySLAM winner and 2-time GrandSLAM Champion at The Moth. He's been featured in the New York Times and Time Out New York; and he has had been heard on the radio telling stories on The Moth Radio Hour and All Things Considered. For the past year, Adam has been working on an original series of animated shorts called 'Kittycats as People'. The first one, 'Gonzo', was featured on NYMag.COM. He's currently a web producer at UNICEF. You can find him online at Adam loves The Moth very much. And Adam loves Ed Gavagan very much, too!

Steve Zimmer has told stories at The Moth StorySLAM, The Moth GrandSLAM and The Moth Mainstage and has also been heard on The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour. Steve is originally from the Midwest and grew up in Illinois before moving to The Moth.

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