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Lincoln Center to Present THE MOTH as Part of World Science Festival, 6/2


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will present Making Waves: The Moth at the World Science Festival on June 2, 2016, at 7:30 pm in Alice Tully Hall. Making Waves is the result of a partnership between The Moth, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, and the World Science Festival, the cultural institution that engages a broad general audience in the wonders of scientific discovery. Together they bring five esteemed scientists, writers, and innovators to Lincoln Center to share their incredible stories.

Hosted by Adam Gopnik, the New Yorker writer who hosts the free lecture series at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium The History of the World in 100 Performances, and featuring a musical performance by violinist Mazz Swift, the Lincoln Center event will feature five storytellers personally recounting their life stories of disruption, discovery, and explorations. The five storytellers will include Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laser Interferometer Gravitaitonal-wave Observatory (LIGO) astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala, leading polar and marine biologist James B. McClintock, and legendary oceanographer and explorer Sylvia A. Earle. In keeping with The Moth's tradition, the rules are simple: All stories are true and told without notes. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining.

"We're honored to once again partner with the World Science Festival to present this Moth Mainstage - this time on Alice Tully Hall's Adrienne Arsht Stage at Lincoln Center, one of the most distinguished performing arts venues in the world," says Catherine Burns, artistic director of The Moth. "As we know from our many prior collaborations with the festival, the stories behind the science are often breathtaking and intense - filled with a lot of humor, heart, and lots of dramatic ups and downs. This year's lineup of science greats is particularly exceptional. We can't wait to hear their stories."

"The world of science is brimming with stories that are as emotionally engaging as they are intellectually stimulating," says Tracy Day, Co-Founder and CEO of the World Science Festival. "Since the launch of the Festival in 2008, our scientists have wowed audiences with their extraordinarily compelling stories. The Moth Mainstage is a perfect platform for them."

"As one of the world's leading performing arts center, Lincoln Center has the privilege of presenting a wide range of performing arts, including spoken word," says Peter Duffin, Senior Vice President, Brand and Marketing at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. "We're thrilled to present an evening of storytelling as part of the 2016 World Science Festival for what is sure to be a wonderful and entertaining program in Alice Tully Hall."

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