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The Moth Mainstage Announces Lineup For Kalamazoo Show

The Moth has announced the lineup of storytellers for its Moth Mainstage  show in Kalamazoo on May 22.  “Between Worlds: The Moth in Kalamazoo” will feature a host and five storytellers, each of whom will tell a ten minute story live without notes.

Michigan Radio will present the show on Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30 PM at The State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick St. in Kalamazoo. Tickets are priced at $30 (Balcony), $35 (Main floor/Mezzanine), and $65 (Gold Circle). Gold circle tickets include a post-show reception with the storytellers, including complimentary beer & wine. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at the Kalamazoo State Theatre Box Office.


Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s weekly trivia comedy show, Ask Me Another. She has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, Comedy Central, and VH-1. Selected as one of New York Magazine's Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny, and featured in The New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a “bleakly stylish” sense of humor, Ophira's debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy (Seal Press/April 2013) is available now. She is also a regular host of the Moth StorySLAMs.


Adam Wade is originally from New Hampshire. He's an 18-time StorySLAM winner and 2-time GrandSLAM Champion at The Moth. He's been featured in the New York Times and Time Out New York; and he has had been heard on the radio telling stories on The Moth Radio Hour and All Things Considered. For the past year, Adam has been working on an original series of animated shorts called 'Kittycats as People'.

Shannon Cason is a writer and storyteller. He is Chicago’s first Moth GrandSLAM champion and has hosted shows for The Moth in San Francisco and Milwaukee. Shannon hosts his own storytelling show in Chicago called Do Not Submit, and a storytelling podcast called Homemade Stories.

Caldin Gill-Street began singing when her father, Rev. Willie Gill, strongly encouraging her to lead the church choir and congregations at age eight, while her older sister, Millie, accompanied her on the piano. Millie co-founded The Velvelettes and Cal joined the group when she was 14, eventually becoming the lead singer. The group recorded in Studio A at Motown records in Detroit and toured with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars with fellow Velvelettes and the Supremes. In 1985, the “original” Velvelettes reunited and the group has been performing periodically through the U.S., Canada and Europe. 

Nora McLoughlin grew up in the blizzard belt of upstate NY, where she learned to pass the long winter nights knitting sweaters, telling stories, and reading promiscuously. These activities still take up most of her time, along with her day job as a massage therapist and her tireless quest for the perfect cookie recipe. She is currently living in Pittsburgh and working on her first fantasy novel for young adults.

Marlowe B'sheart is a teacher, a learner, a writer, a reader, and a storyteller. She is a mom, a daughter, a sister, a friend, an ex-wife and a partner. She eschews lists and labels. She co-parents with her ex-wife and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.


Erin Zindle is the lead singer and songwriter for the nationally touring band The Ragbirds. She is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing and teaching violin and piano for many years, but can be seen on stage playing mandolin, accordion, banjo and hand drums. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she was classically trained in music since childhood. Zindle has been touring with bands of many styles and sizes all across the US for over 10 years and is an accomplished songwriter. She has performed with Matisyahu, Toubab Krewe, Rusted Root, Railroad Earth, Steve Kimmock and many more.

The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour airs weekly on radio stations nationwide, including each Saturday at 12:00 noon and 8:00 pm on Michigan Radio.

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