CHEN PR Breaks “Boundaries” At The Moth

Uncategorized Posted Aug 10, 2018 by Gabrielle Kondracki

It’s well known that CHEN PR likes to work hard, but also likes to leave room to play hard.

In the middle of these summer months, busy office days sometimes tend to get the best of us, and we forget just how lucky we are to live in a city which provides an array of after-work entertainment. To combat the sometimes-grinding hours, CHEN PR Partners Chris Carleton and Kevin Kosh like to bring the team together for some off-site fun to remind us all that work-life balance is an important component to our office culture.

Always open to experience new things, two CHEN PR employees suggested the team travel over the Longfellow Bridge and head to Cambridge for a night at “The Moth”. Hosted by OBERON, it proved something we’d not soon forget.

If you’re like some CHENers who had no idea about “The Moth”, it’s a show and podcast that puts entertainment in the hands of the audience. It provides a space that allows live storytelling based around a common theme. The stories themselves come from audience members brave enough to put their names into a hat in the hopes of getting picked to take the stage.

The Moth was founded by the novelist George Dawes Green. The name refers to the novelist’s personal experiences home in Georgia, when summer evenings were spent sitting on the porch with friends and cold drinks as moths flew overhead attracted by the outdoor lights. With a desire to recreate those calm and intimate settings in the bustling city of New York, “The Moth” was introduced in 1997.

The Moth’s mission “is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience”. So, if called on, an audience member marches up to the stage, presents his or her personally true and unique story –  later scored by other members in the audience on a scale of 1 to 10.

Arriving at Oberon, we grabbed our beer and wine and sat in the back of the house. Anxiously awaiting the show’s start, we distracted ourselves as we usually do – with wisecracking banter between one another.

Not long after, the quick-witted and charismatic host took center stage. Once he began introducing the show, we knew we were in for a treat.

For this particular night, the theme was boundaries. Boy, did these story tellers break them! Ranging from the hilarious and unbelievable – with presenters ranging from ministers to Mom-arranged daters –  their tales swung from hysterical to thought-provoking and moving. Story after story, the audience was left on the edge of our seats wanting more.

While no CHENers had the courage to put our names into the hat this time around, we surely enjoyed getting to spend time together outside of the office doing something that was different from the usual.  Earning two thumbs-up as we walked into our busy Downtown Crossing office the next morning, we all certainly took some of those warm Georgia nights on the porch with us.

We’ll definitely be back for more.