It’s not often we get to brag about this, but we were Adam Wade fans before it was cool…
That said, we couldn’t be more excited about the new On The Waterfront Storytelling Series produced by Hobokenites Adam Wade and our other good friend Carla Katz—as they endeavor to bring the best of the NYC storytelling scene to Hoboken for a night of funny and moving stories.
“With the massive popularity of The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour on NPR, live storytelling is having an incredible moment in New York and around the country,” says Katz. “Many of these live shows sell out in minutes and there’s a large audience for them right now. We felt that it was high time to bring this hot phenomenon to Hoboken, the people here deserve it! I think people are gravitating to storytelling because they want to break away from their phones and connect to each other on a human level.”
Then there’s the Wade factor, who will be releasing his second album, Live at the Magnet Theater, just days before the Hoboken show.
“Working with Adam Wade, who is a storytelling superstar and a Hobokenite, is always fantastic and makes this show a no-brainer for our town,” she adds.
The evening will feature extraordinary true stories by Adam Wade (“Inside Amy Schumer,” “Girls,” Moth Champion), Carla Katz (Peoples Improv, Magnet, Caveat), Ed Gavagan (The Moth Radio Hour, Ted Talks), Jim O’Grady (The Moth, “This American Life”), Gastor Almonte (Comedy Central, UCB), and Vicki Eastus (Magnet Theater, Caveat).
“The line-up for the show is just incredible, and they are all storytelling heavy hitters,” says Katz. “We were lucky to be able to lure some of the absolute best storytellers out there to come across the river. We have worked with each of them and know that their stories are extraordinary. There is no doubt that every one of them will make people laugh or move them emotionally. We also are also thrilled to have hilarious stand-up comic Joe DeVito (Comedy Central, “Last Comic Standing,” “The Late Late Show”) as our host. It’s going to be an epic night.”
“I think Mile Square Theatre will be a terrific spot for this show. It’s small enough to have an intimate feel and allow the audience to connect with the storytellers,” says Katz, “yet, it’s big enough to gather a nice crowd and generate positive energy. The folks that run MST are also a delight to work with, so that’s the icing on the cake.”
For those who might not know what to expect at a storytelling performance, the audience for this Hoboken show are certain to enjoy some of the best in the field.
“They can expect to have a blast, to laugh, to hear honest stories, and to be moved. We are hoping that this will grow and develop to the point we can host storytelling open mics here in town,” says Katz. “Hudson County folks have a lot of interesting stories to share.”
Amen to that…
On The Waterfront Storytelling Series
Friday, May 4
Mile Square Theatre
1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken
$25 admission includes a glass of wine
Doors open at 7:30. Performance at 8 p.m.