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March 4, 2017

Date/Time(s): Sat, March 4, 2017 – 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $39.50/$29.50/$19.50
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $3.50 (online only)

On-Sale Date: Friday, August 19, 2016 – 10am


Since its 1997 launch in NYC, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live on stage, without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment. 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 theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

The Moth has an enthusiastic national following, with a podcast that’s downloaded over 30 million times annually, and, each week, the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour is heard on over 400 radio stations worldwide. The Moth’s first book, The Moth: 50 True Stories was an NYT Bestseller. The Moth’s second book, The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown (Crown Archetype; Hardcover; $25.00), will be published March 21, 2017.

The ideal way to experience The Moth is live and in person, where you can feel the electricity in the room and be a part of the visceral dialogue between teller and audience. Come be a part of it!  Here’s the lineup for March 4th at the Virginia:

Our host:
Hailed as a “storytelling guru” by the Wall Street Journal, Kate Tellers is a writer, performer and teacher whose students range from fledgling eight-year-old stand-up comedians to Fortune 500 CEOs. In 2007 she discovered The Moth and has been a part of it ever since. She is currently working on a collection of essays about falling apart tentatively titled We Always Knew You Would Be OK and lives in Brooklyn with her furry husband, baby and dog.

Our storytellers:
Ali Al Abdullatif was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2015 at Boston University. He is currently a Researcher at the Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Disorders at Boston University Working on ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Ali also writes comedic short films and hosts a podcast title d Movie Redemption on iTunes. He also hosts a taco night every Tuesday.

Micaela Blei was a classroom teacher for 8 years (10 if you count substitute teaching). She’s a two-time Moth NYC GrandSLAM champion and has been teaching storytelling since 2011. Her solo show, The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher, sold out at FringeNYC and was awarded an encore run at the Soho Playhouse. You can find out more about her at micaelablei.com.

Victor Levenstein was born in the Soviet Union in 1922. He immigrated with his family to the USA in 1980 and at the age of 58 started a successful career in the new country. He worked at Jeffey-Dresser in Columbus Ohio from 1980 until 2003, designing underground mining machinery and receiving three American patents. After retiring from the engineering job, Victor wrote and published two books in Russian: Thirteen Nasty Little Snakes and the recently published The Case of Stalin’s Assassins. He lives in Columbus Ohio with his wife of 61 years, Dora. His son Matvey Levenstein and daughter-in-law Lisa Yuskavage are both artists living in New York City.

David Montgomery is a writer, comedian and storyteller based in Los Angeles. Trained in comedy by both a terrible childhood and the Upright Citizens Brigade, David always spins a terrible experience into a story that will make you laugh. He is a multiple Moth Storyslam winner and has been featured in many curated national live shows, including Risk! with Kevin Allison, The Moth Mainstage and True Story. He now hosts his own comedy podcast, 2 Gays, No Girls, At A Pizza Place, available on iTunes. His autobiographical one-man show, How The Queen Found His Crown just debuted to a sold out run and won the Audience Choice at Pittsburgh’s Fringe Festival. You can find videos of many of his performances at Facebook.com/buymeahotdog. He is currently (slowly) working on piecing together his many stories for a collective memoir. Potential titles include War and Peace and How Am I Getting Away With This?, but he is certainly open to suggestions.

Jill Morganthaler

[Please note: this program will be recorded for broadcast.]

For more, visit themoth.org.


Do You Have a Story to Share? Of Course You Do.

Want to share your story with The Moth? Record a short summary on their online pitch hotline and put your name in the “hat”.

Visit https://themoth.org/share-your-story/pitchline to get started!


Wine and Beer Service
The Champaign Park District is proud to welcome Farren’s Pub & Eatery to select events at the Virginia Theatre. You’ll find Farren’s set up in the theatre’s lobby, serving fine wines and beers. From Cabernet to  Chardonnay, Sam Adams to Sierra Nevada, the skilled servers from Farren’s always bring the perfect selection to complement your Virginia experience! Offered at most live shows. Both cash and credit cards accepted.


March 4, 2017
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Virginia Theatre
203 W. Park Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820 United States
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