Eggs and their Manifestations
Yet again eccentric Seattle storytellers Scot Augustson, Kelleen Conway Blanchard and Bret Fetzer have delivered the goods at 18th and Union by their incredibly interesting, funny, stories which are ostensibly about animals but are really about the vicissitudes of being human.
The evening kicked off with Scot Augustson‘s St. Myrna and the Storyteller, an entertaining tale of a “Lady Writer” who tells a curious tale about two sperm cells deposited in the “other place” who took a “road trip through the vascular system of a body. Complete with a lot of anatomical details, the two sperm encounter a number of “cells” who dispense wisdom and humor. It was hilarious and the writing was superb.
Next was the polished writing and performance of Kellen Conway Blanchard, her Eggs was sinister and endearing at the same time and had a lot of black humor with a very dry delivery. A couple whose relationship is stale moves into a large Victorian house with something peculiar in the basement but in the end, she will be avenged.
Bret Fetzer’s, The Rooster is Getting Married was delivered in his old-fashion Southern storytelling style. While it seemed to be a fairly wholesome story, at the end it took a very dark twist to the delight of the audience.
To wrap it up, Blanchard had another story, The Abyss, written and read like a 1940’s “Noir” radio show, complete with a hard-drinking “tough broad” stereotype. But what followed was anything but stereotypical, as it was very very very strange but extremely entertaining.
Congratulations to 18th and Union and to the fantastic members of Animal Saints and Animal Sinners for keeping the tradition of storytelling alive.
The Chicken or the Egg. Animal Saints and Sinners, Sixth Edition. 18th and Union. 1406-18th Ave, Seattle, 98122, Central District (corner of 18th and Union, 5 blocks from 23rd Ave PCC) Fri, 10, 7:30 am. #48 bus on 23rd, #2 bus from Mt. Baker and downtown. Walkable from Capitol Hill Sound Transit stop. Decent street parking.
Also Alexandra’s Café at 1410 on the same block has great pizza before and after the show.