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COCOON Brings True Stories to the Stage October 14

October 3, 2017

5th Annual Event Follows the Tradition of “The Moth”

Middlebury, VT—Middlebury College hosts the live performance event Cocoon, inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, on Saturday, October 14 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Six hand-picked storytellers will tell a diverse range of stories around the theme of “boundaries.” The audience is invited to a reception with the storytellers after the show.

This year’s storytellers will include: Middlebury College students Ben Sanders ’18 and Josh Goldenberg ’18; alumnus and former chaplain Howard Fauntroy ’89;  American literature professor Brett Millier; Middlebury College parent Kathryn Bervin-Mueller P’18; and community member Hannah Manley of Homeward Bound. Ambient guitarist and Mahaney Center for the Arts Technical Director Mark Christensen will provide the musical interludes. Tabitha Mueller ’18 and Jocelyn Zemach ’18 are co-organizers and co-hosts of this event, along with Liza Sacheli of the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

This community-wide event is a cooperative effort between the Mahaney Center for the Arts and  the Middlebury Moth-UP, a student storytelling organization. Since 2010, the Moth-UP has brought students, professors, alumni, and members of the greater Vermont community together to tell stories on a given theme. The event has two rules: one, all stories must be true; two, no notes.

Cocoon will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2016, at 8:00 P.M., in Robison Hall at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for Middlebury College ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. This event is expected to sell out in advance. For tickets or further information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to

This event will be offered with sign language interpretation.



Cocoon poster design by Carey Bass

Elizabeth Christensen in 2016’s “Cocoon,” photo by Aaron Kimball

Rachel Liddell '15 in 2016’s “Cocoon,” photo by Aaron Kimball

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