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COCOON Brings True Stories to the Stage October 5

October 2, 2018

6th Annual Event Inspired by “The Moth”

Middlebury, VT—Middlebury College hosts the live performance event Cocoon, inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, on Friday, October 5 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Six hand-picked storytellers will tell a diverse range of stories around the theme of “origins.” The audience is invited to a reception with the storytellers after the show.

This year’s storytellers will include: Middlebury College students Megan Job ’21 and Kyle Wright ’19.5; alumna and admissions staffer Maria Del Sol Nava ’18; recent Middlebury retirees Linda and Ira Schiffer in a joint story; lauded singer/actor/writer François Clemmons; and community member Jon Turner of Wild Roots Farm. Ambient guitarist and Mahaney Center for the Arts Technical Director Mark Christensen will provide the musical interludes. Middlebury Moth Up students Sarah Asch ’19.5, Adam Druckman ’19, Elsa Rodriguez ’21, John Schurer ’21, and Zeinab Thiam ’21 are co-organizers 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 Friday, October 5, 2018 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



Cocoon poster design by Carey Bass

Josh Goldenberg ’18 in 2017’s “Cocoon,” photo by Aaron Kimball

Howard Fauntroy ’87 in 2017’s “Cocoon,” photo by Aaron Kimball

Hannah Manley in 2017’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