Identity - Simon Doonan

“I looked at these and I thought, 'These are my people!'”

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Identity

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In this hour, discovering one's roots, struggles to be taken seriously, and an unconventional Batman. Stories of finding and being true to oneself. This hour is hosted by The Moth's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media.

Window-dresser Simon Doonan suffers from a lack of credibility.

Lichelli Lazar-Lea returns to her roots to find her father, and herself.

Paul Davis struggles to reconcile his dreams of being an artist with his day job as a party clown.

Michelle Ephraim has an unexpected run-in with an ex's mother.

Francois Clemmons gets a role on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood but loses part of himself in the process.


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Stories in this Episode

11:29
Have Glue Gun, Will Travel

by Simon Doonan

Window-dresser Simon Doonan suffers from a lack of credibility.

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06:17
Trini-Dad

by Lichelli Lezar-lea

Lichelli Lazar-Lea returns to her roots to find her father, and herself.

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05:44
I Am Batman

by Paul Davis

Paul Davis struggles to reconcile his dreams of being an artist with his day job as a party clown.

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05:48
To Thine Own Self Be True

by Michelle Ephraim

Michelle Ephraim has an unexpected run-in with an ex's mother.

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12:08
Never the Bridegroom, Never the Bride

by Francois Clemmons

Francois Clemmons gets a role on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood but loses part of himself in the process.

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Extras From This Episode

Simon Doonan

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Simon Doonan's Making It headshot.

See Expert Judge Simon Doonan on Making It's Instagram, here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BlwUupYAjQN/

Lichelli Lazar-Lea

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A young Lichelli Lazar-Lea in "her jungle."

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Lichelli and her Trinidadian father, Selwyn Ross, from the trip she first meet him in 1993.

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Lichelli and her daughter visiting her father in Trinidad in 2016.

Paul Davis

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Paul Davis and his mustache.

Michelle Ephraim


Check out Michelle Ephrain's book, Shakespeare, Not Stirred, here.

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Two of Michelle's children visiting her office, fighting with her prop swords and sporting her Fool's cap.

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One of Michelle's children enjoying a treat during intermission at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C.

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A small plastic Shakespeare figurine, which is a frequent guest in her youngest child's barn.

Francois Clemmons

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Francois in the office of The Moth Artistic Director Catherine Burns.

The music in this story

  • The Drift - Uncanny Valley
  • Mark Orton - Kat's Book
  • Chandler Travis + Burke McKelvey - Theme form "The Visit"
  • Joy Lapps - Sweet
  • Danny Elfman, Brian Tyler - Heroes
  • Danny Elfman - Batman Theme
  • Melodium - Lacrymae
  • Charlie Hunter Trio - Bing, Bing, Bing Bing