Kings Story Hour finds inspiration from 'The Moth Radio Hour'
Lisa "Lulu" Uhlig was transfixed the first time she heard a sampling of The Moth Radio Hour on Ira Glass' This American Life. After doing a little research she discovered that the show, which features true stories told live onstage without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment, was started by George Dawes Green. According to the Moth Radio Hour's website he "wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings in his native Georgia, when moths were attracted to the light on the porch where he and his friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales." The idea grew quickly and soon the Moth event was taking place in larger venues throughout the city, eventually becoming a radio show.
Two of her guests happened to be the owners of Kings Wine Bar, with whom Uhlig is friends. They enjoyed the evening, and asked Uhlig if she'd be interested in hosting a similar event at Kings. "I was like, '... what?'" Lulu exclaims. As a banker, she was not used to being onstage, but valued creativity in her life. She said yes.
The first story hour, Lulu's Storied Underground
Photo by Pamela Diedrich
While the story hour at her house was fairly unstructured, she decided to keep to a set rules for the first event at Kings. People who wanted to participate could put their names in a hat, and would tell their story once selected. The tales had to be told without notes, and they had to be true.
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