The Moth Mainstage

Experience the power of live storytelling


Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024

7:30pm // Atwood Concert Hall

Sponsored By: Alaska Public Media

The Moth is true stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life – astronauts, students, a dental hygienist, a hotdog eating champion, exonerated prisoners, Nobel laureates, and everyone in between. Each performance of The Moth Mainstage is unique, illuminating the diversity and commonality of human experiences. 

When The Moth migrates to Anchorage each year, we laugh, cry, bond with a theatre full of strangers, and leave inspired to share the personal, powerful stories in each and every one of us. Honest, funny, and poignant, The Moth celebrates the raconteur who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the novice who’s lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it.  

Every year, The Moth reminds us that the shortest distance between two people is a story. 

More Than Meets The Eye: The Moth in Anchorage         

Our Host:  
DASHA KELLY HAMILTON is a writer, performance artist and creative change agent. She has authored award-winning poetry, essays and fiction. A skilled engagement practitioner and an adjunct instructor, Dasha has even facilitated initiatives in Botswana, Mauritius and Beirut as an Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy. She is a mainstage storyteller and host with The Moth, an alum of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, and Poet Laureate Emerita for both the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin. Dasha’s nationally-touring stage show, Makin’ Cake, serves audiences a unique conversation on race, class and equity. She also voices commercials and audiobooks. Dasha’s will release a poetry anthology this fall, A Line Meant, and two novels in 2025, Baker’s Dozen and a 10th anniversary reprint of Almost Crimson. DashaKH.com 

 

Our Storytellers: 
ALISTAIR BANE is a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. He is a storyteller, writer, and visual artist. His writings have been published in Readers Digest and the award-winning anthology Alone Together: Stories of Love, Comfort and Grief in the times of Covid 19. In his free time, he volunteers at a sliding scale veterinary clinic and has fostered over 300 dogs. His favorite dogs to foster are feral dogs. It's a very rewarding way to spend time, if you don't mind a tiny bit of growling. 

ESMOND FOUNTAIN is a storyteller/comedian based in Brooklyn who firmly believes that an order of french fries qualifies as a meal. Esmond is a military brat, so you're better off not asking him where he's from. As a CMB (Certified Mommas Boy), Esmond never lets 24 hours pass without talking to Tammy. Less than three people have ever seen Esmond without a hat; you will never be one of them. When he's not sourcing the internet to find evidence to back his theory that french fries are healthy, you can catch Esmond doing stand-up in only four boroughs of New York City. 

BRYAN KETT is a former high school science teacher from outside Chicago who now lives in Los Angeles. He began telling stories on stage as a way to get his work in front of people because no one wanted to read him. He wrote this bio, though, and look at you now, reading what he wrote. It all worked out. Bryan's work has been featured on outlets including The Moth Podcast, SoulPancake, and TED.com. Currently, he's in development on an Australian-based television project, and he's writing a collection of stories that blend personal narrative and science. He also recently launched a project for social justice called Unfair Share, which is a gerrymandered chocolate bar that breaks into the absurd shapes of real congressional districts to highlight inequalities in democracy with proceeds benefiting redistricting efforts. He's forever grateful to everyone at the Moth for helping him find his voice. He'd also really just love to chat with you, so if you see him after the show, say hi.  

Originally from Germany, SILKE NIED moved to Seattle in 1992 and recently returned to her beloved Pacific Northwest after a stint in DC. She is an Executive Assistant for Fish and Wildlife. In 2014, she co-authored the international bestseller Unwavering Strength. All proceeds from the book are used to support families that are affected by cancer, providing medical care, food, transportation, and housing. She loves dancing, traveling, spending time with her two sons and three grandsons, fast cars and the Seattle Seahawks (go DK Metcalf!) 

JAMES DOMMEK JR. is a lifelong Alaskan (Iñupiaq) born and raised in Kotzebue, AK. He is the great grandson of one of the last great Iñupiaq storytellers, Palangun (Paul Monroe). He co-wrote, narrated and scored the New York Times best selling audiobook, Midnight Son, as well as Alaska Is The Center Of The Universe both exclusively on Audible. James also played drums for notable Alaskan bands The Whipsaws, Pamyua, Medium Build and Quinn Christopherson. He currently resides in Anchorage where he is raising his 3 children. James enjoys hunting, fishing and the Alaskan way of life. 

 

Our Musician: 
EUNICE KANG was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She began her musical studies at age 4 and has been playing the violin since she was 7 years old. She had the privilege of being concert mistress during her time in the Anchorage Junior Youth Symphony, Anchorage Youth Symphony, and the Alaska All-State Orchestra. She has won many music competitions such as the ASAA Solo and Ensemble for four years straight, Music Teachers National Association in the Junior Division, Anchorage Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Anchorage Civic Orchestra Concerto Competition, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra Mary & Lucian Cassetta Music Scholarship Competition, and the Penn State School of Music Scholarship Competition. Eunice graduated from the Pennsylvania State University at University Park with Bachelor’s degrees in Musical Arts and Biology. Currently, she is a first section violinist in the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. 

Directed by: Sarah Austin Jenness 

Produced by: Aldi Kaza 

Senior Curatorial Producer: Suzanne Rust 

Executive Producer: Sarah Haberman 

MOTH CREW 

Kurt Riemann, Recording Engineer 

Jaybird Oliver, Videographer 

Amber Johnson, Photographer 


TYPE OF EVENING:
Storytime theatre
Tales around the campfire
Book club night out

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Part documentary, part theatre, totally enlightening
Five storytellers, two acts, hundreds of kindred spirits on the edge of their seats
Poignant stories that fan the flame of human understanding

COME WITH:
An expectation for heart-pounding, heart-wrenching, and heart-warming stories
Your need for connection ready to be fulfilled
Your ears open to people from all walks of life


Anchorage Concert Association and CenterTix box office are the only authorized sellers of tickets to this show.