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COCOON Brings True Stories to the Stage September 27

September 16, 2019

7th Annual Event Inspired by “The Moth”

a young woman in a pink top stands in front of a microphoneMiddlebury, VT—Middlebury College hosts the live performance event Cocoon, inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, on Friday, September 27 at the Mahaney Arts Center. Six hand-picked storytellers will tell a diverse range of stories around the theme of “resilience.” The audience is invited to a reception with the storytellers after the show.

a young man with a beard speaks into a microphoneThis year’s storytellers will include: Middlebury College students Sabian Edouard ’21 and Hawa Abdullahi Adam ‘22; alumna Tania Flores ’18; Education Studies professor Tara Affolter; Psychology professor Martin Seehuus; and community member Jack Mayer. Ambient guitarist and Mahaney Arts Center Technical Director Mark Christensen will provide the musical interludes. Middlebury Moth-Up students Sarah Asch ’19.5 and Robbie Kelley ’19.5 are co-organizers of this event, along with Liza Sacheli of the Mahaney Arts Center.

a man in a bright green and gold robe speaks into a microphoneThis community-wide event is a cooperative effort between the Mahaney Arts Center 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.

Event details

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Cocoon will take place on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8:00 P.M. in the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. This event will be presented with sign language interpretation. 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; $8 for youth, 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



Maria Del Sol Nava ’18 in 2018’s “Cocoon,” photo by Aaron Kimball

Kyle Wright ’19.5 in 2018’s “Cocoon,” photo by Aaron Kimball

Francois Clemmons in 2018’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