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Middlebury Hosts COCOON, Inspired by The Moth, October 25

October 10, 2013

Popular Storytelling Event Features True Stories Told Live Without Notes


Middlebury, VT—Middlebury College hosts the live performance event “Cocoon,” inspired by popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:00 P.M. at the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall. The diverse range of stories will be told by a hand-picked group of students, faculty/staff, and community members around the theme of metamorphosis. The audience is invited to a reception with the storytellers after the show.

This community-wide event is produced by the creators of Middlebury College’s student storytelling organization the Middlebury MothUP. Since 2010 the Middlebury MothUP has brought students, staff, and townspeople together to tell stories on a given theme. The live storytelling event has only two rules: one, all stories must be true; two, no notes.  Now the MothUP has joined forces with the Mahaney Center for the Arts to produce Cocoon for an even larger audience. Support for the event was granted by Middlebury’s Committee on the Arts.

Storytellers will include:


Mariam Khan ’16, a Muslim student from Maine who also works as professional traveling DJ;



Dan Brayton, Middlebury College faculty member in English and American Literatures and Environmental Studies, as well as a lifelong sailor;



Emily Bogin ’16, a sophomore from the California Bay Area and an explorer of unusual spaces;



Douglas Anderson, Director of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater and the Opera Company of Middlebury;



Ric Cengeri, Vermont Public Radio producer and self-described sports fanatic;



and Emily Jacke ’12.5, a recent Middlebury alumna working for the Vermont Community Foundation, and a singer and dancer and dreamer in her spare time. 



Luke Greenway ’14.5, one of the Middlebury MothUP producers, will act as emcee for the evening. 




Ambient guitarist and Mahaney Center for the Arts Technical Director Mark Christensen will provide the musical interludes.





Cocoon will take place on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 8:00 P.M. in the evening, in the Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The Mahaney Center is located on the Middlebury College campus, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Free parking is available in the Mahaney Center for the Arts lot and on Route 30. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $8 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $5 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or further information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to

Mahaney Center for the Arts
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-3168 phone
(802) 443-2834 fax