True stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating.
Moth StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions, held in 28 cities around the world. They are open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme.
When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth “hat.” A half-hour later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. The ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each StorySLAM generates a StorySLAM winner. After ten SLAMs, the winners face off in a GrandSLAM Championship.
Fargone Productions has been recording every Moth event in the Chicagoland area since 2009. Many of those recorded stories have gone on to be part of Peabody award-winning The Moth Radio Hour and podcast.