The Moth to Present ON POINT: STORIES OF BALANCING ACTS at Byham Theater, 8/22

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The Moth to Present ON POINT: STORIES OF BALANCING ACTS at Byham Theater, 8/22

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the fifth-annual local appearance of the New York City storytelling sensation, The Moth, Thursday, August 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m., at Pittsburgh's Byham Theater. This is the first time the Moth Mainstage show has been presented in the Cultural District, through a new partnership between Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Once again the Moth Mainstage title theme features a Pittsburgh symbol or place: ON POINT: STORIES OF BALANCING ACTS. In keeping with this theme, the new and larger venue at the Byham Theater puts The Moth audience closer to Pittsburgh's famous geographic "Point" than ever before.

Consistently a sell-out, each Mainstage show features five storytellers, a local musician to act as timekeeper, and a charismatic host. The 2013 Moth Mainstage will be hosted by comedian Dan Kennedy, author of three books including his new novel AMERICAN SPIRIT, described by one Goodreads reader/reviewer as "an amusing guy-version of an EAT, PRAY, LOVE odyssey." Kennedy is also known to Moth fans everywhere as the regular host of The Moth's popular weekly podcast, downloaded more than 15 million times a year, as well as a contributor to McSweeneys.net and GQ magazine.

Local storytellers include Pittsburgh actor David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely, the beloved "speedy delivery" man on MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD. A longtime friend of FrEd Rogers, Newell continues to serve as director of public relations for The FrEd Rogers Company and travel the world making appearances as Mr. McFeely. Four additional visiting and local storytellers are to be announced. Pittsburgh singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joy Ike, with a new album and a national fan base, will perform musical accompaniment and keep the tellers to their time limits on stage.

Called "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by the Wall Street Journal, The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit dedicated to the art of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than 10,000 stories by people of all walks of life via stage shows, weekly podcasts, and a Peabody Award-winning radio special, The Moth Radio Hour (broadcast locally on 90.5 WESA).

Following the success of the first three Mainstage events, The Moth debuted a Pittsburgh branch of its beloved StorySLAM, a monthly open-mic storytelling competition, in October 2011. Pittsburgh is one of 13 cities nationwide to host a StorySLAM, and sell-out crowds of over 300 have packed venues in Pittsburgh's South Side as 10 interested locals, chosen randomly and live, take the stage each month.

This special event is presented in partnership with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures. Media sponsors are Pop City and WESA 90.5fm. Tickets are available online at www.pittsburghlectures.org, by phone at 412-622-8866, or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh's most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country's largest land masses "curated" by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh's quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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