My True Moth Story

Jane Green is a wonderful author. She’s written 19 novels, has over 10 million books in print, and been published in more than 30 languages.

Our Westport neighbor is as gifted a storyteller in person as she is in print. For years she entertained book tour audiences with her tale of cooking dinner for Hugh Grant.

Jane Green

The Moth — the wildly successful radio show and podcast featuring real people telling true stories — heard about Green’s routine. They chatted a bit, before deciding it was not quite right for The Moth. They asked if she had another story to tell.

She did. It was about her middle-aged head being turned by the attention of a handsome younger man. First told at Cooper Union, “Greener Grass” (clever name!) was wildly successful. It’s been heard more than a million times.

Which got Green thinking: Why not bring The Moth to Westport?

A longtime supporter of the Westport Country Playhouse — and one-time board member — Green always looked for programs appealing to  young audiences. She’d helped bring a “Hamilton” singalong, David Bowie tribute and Lisa Lampanelli play to the fabled stage.

The Moth was a natural next project.

Which is why next Friday (January 25, 7:30 p.m.), 5 great storytellers will bring The Moth to the Westport Country Playhouse.

Well, 4 great storyteller. Plus me.

I can’t believe I’ll be standing up there with Green herself; Alistair Bane, a Shawnee who makes dance regalia, paints and rehabilitates feral reservation dogs; Henia Lewin, a Lithuanian instructor of Hebrew and Yiddish, and Trina Michelle Robinson of San Francisco, who explores memory through video, archival materials and text.

Not quite the Westport Country Playhouse. But close.

I tell stories every day on “06880.” I can type a tale in my sleep.

But performing as a Moth storyteller is waaaaay different.

I’ll join 4 experienced folks — including a woman who has done this before, and written 17 New York Times bestsellers.

And — oh yeah — the Moth Radio Hour is heard on more than 475 stations. The podcast is downloaded a million times each week.

But I’m ready. I might rock it — or bomb.

Either way, for the rest of my life I’ll have one more intriguing story to tell.

(For more information and tickets, click here.)

58 responses to “My True Moth Story

  1. Kristin Schneeman

    You WILL rock it, Dan! We’ll be on the audience cheering you on!

  2. What fun, Dan! Will this be broadcast live? If not, do you know when it can be heard on one of those 475 stations?

  3. Break a leg!

  4. You will rock it , sorry to miss it !
    (If there’s a video clip , please share with us afterwards 🙂

  5. Best of luck Dan!

  6. Dan. This venue is made for you. If you get nervous just think you’re speaking at the soccer banquet. Plus this audience is probably easier. Sounds like a great event.

  7. Barbara Sherburne '67

    You will do great, Dan. Have fun!

  8. “Break a leg.” Prill and I will be there. We love you! ❤️. Mike

    Sent from my iPhone


  9. What a great gig, Dan. You’ll totally rock it! Just by being who you are.

  10. So bummed. Just read the article and wanted to purchase tickets but they are all sold out! Any chance that you guys would do an encore?

    • Wow – exciting and scary at the same time. Encore performances are above my pay grade — sorry I don’t know the answer to that one!

  11. Vanessa Bradford

    You rock Dan…you’ve got this!👊

  12. Dan, You will be awesome! No doubt!

  13. amazing! congrats!!

  14. Annette Norton

    So exciting Dan! First gig & sold out….way to go!

  15. Holly Wheeler

    Dan, I’ve got my ticket and I’m all revved up. Who needs Jane Green when I can hear you !!! Knock ’em dead.

  16. David Stalling

    Congratulations! What a great opportunity and experience. I suspect you’ll rock it!

  17. You’ve got this. You’ll be telling your story to your friends at home – kind of! I’ll be there and cheering you on!

  18. Holy cow! I wish we were back in Westport to see this. Since this is not a soccer game, I can say “break a leg.”

    And, trust me: if you simply tell a story in the way you do it in “We Kick Balls,” you will no doubt uncork an LB Honer.

  19. Very exciting opportunity, Dan! I’m sure you’ll nail it.

  20. Celeste Champagne

    Unfortunately I clicked and cannot get the ticket button to work. Guess that means to tickets available? I was hoping to spend my birthday evening there. You will be great!

  21. Luisa Francoeur

    You will be great ! Among other fans, I will be there and cheering you on. One of our very own !

  22. Rosalie J.. Wolf

    It is sold out. How can we go????

  23. Dan, i remember your “big stage debut” as the grandfather telling his grandchildren about Hawaii in 1964/65 in the Burr Farms cafetorium! Mazel tov! (I was in Susie’s class)

  24. Julia McNamara

    You’ll do great, Dan; you are a natural storyteller.

  25. Dorothy Abrams

    I can almost see Jo’s smile.

  26. Sharon Paulsen

    Rock it, Dan!!!!

    Break a leg, as they say!

    Be fabulous … and have fun with this! 🍾

  27. Congrats! I love the Moth! I wish I could go, but it’s sold out. I hope we can hear it taped on the radio sometime.

  28. Bonnie Bradley

    You’ll be so great, Dan! Suddenly, I miss living in Westport… for one night only. 😍 Dan & Jane! Love you both & will be thinking of you.

  29. Matthew Evans

    Good luck Dan! You are going to be great!

  30. Dan, I’m sure you’ll rock it like you do everyday on 06880! Although we have moved to Florida, I still religiously read your daily posts.
    Any idea how we can get “The Moth” here in Palm Beach Gardens?
    You are an inspiration!
    Ann Katz❤️