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Cambridge, MA - Heroes and Villains

  • Oberon Theatre 2 Arrow Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

Join us for our next show in Cambridge, where we'll present five true, personal stories about heroes and villains in science. Hosted by Ari Daniel and Christine Gentry.

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Nick Andersen is an audio producer and podcaster, based right here in beautiful Cambridge. When he's not telling awkwardly personal stories on a stage, he enjoys running, reading, and cooking. A Detroit-area native and a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he promised his colleagues at WGBH’s MASTERPIECE that he would definitely mention them in his next public storytelling bio. He works there. He mentioned it. (You’re welcome, Bruce.) Nick also produces the brand-new podcast, Ministry of Ideas, which you should definitely listen to.


Moni (Monika) Avello transplanted herself from Miami, FL to Cambridge, MA 7+ years ago in the pursuit of science, and has yet to regret her northward relocation. Moni prefers her hair a quarter shaved for temperature control and generously dyed to honor the rainbow. She is willingly addicted to strong espresso, a habit she picked up in the 3rd grade. Moni loves to social dance blues, salsa, and bachata. In her free time, she experiments with her favorite bacteria Bacillus subtilis, trying to figure out how it blocks unwanted sex, because science is wonderful fun and the Ph.D. degree in Biology from MIT is a nifty bonus.

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Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO), where he co-founded the Roxbury CHOICE Program, a collaborative effort between defendants, the court, the probation department, and the D.A. to recast probation as a transformative experience rather than a punitive process. Adam is a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending Mass Incarceration. Mr. Foss believes that the profession of prosecution is ripe for reinvention requiring better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond, simply, “cases won.”


Called the "next great figure of poetry in the US," 19-year-old Amanda Gorman is the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America and a Moth GrandSLAM champion. Her first poetry book, "The One For Whom Food Is Not Enough," was published in 2015. A Harvard sophomore, she has worked as a U.N. Youth Delegate in New York City, a HERlead Fellow with girl leaders in D.C. and London, and an Ambassador for the feminist platform School of Doodle. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Teen Vogue. At 16, she founded the community project One Pen One Page, which promotes storytelling and youth activism.

Photo by Ken Rivard

Photo by Ken Rivard

Bethany Van Delft’s “hip & grounded, laid back delivery” has earned her the honor of performing at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and appearances on Comedy Central, TV Guide Channel, and NickMom. Her monthly comedy show Artisanal Comedy is “one of the top indie nights to check out.” Unashamedly in touch with her inner nerd, Bethany has also been a panelist on “You’re The Expert” and “Literary Death Match”. She hosts Moth Mainstages and StorySLAMs and has a story included in The Moth's second book "All These Wonders." She is also Prince's biggest fan, from waaaay back, like way before Purple Rain.

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