Friday, July 19, 2013

Stories for Bad Children

Stories for Bad Children: Kelleen Conway Blanchard Plus Puppets

This weekend, a favorite local playwright (Kelleen Conway Blanchard) teams up with a great local songwriter (Rick Miller), an always-entertaining local actor (Basil Harris), and a puppet company I confess I don't know that much about (Vox Fabuli Puppets).
The project is Stories for Bad Children, an attempt to raise the ante in Seattle's already crowded cabaret/revue field. Miller will sing gallows-humor songs, the puppets will do something puppety, and Harris will recite a couple of monologues written by the wicked-witted Blanchard. (One of the monologues takes a jog through the porn world: "I don't have an industry-standard penis, but luckily I am very limber and can crush a can of pork 'n' beans with my thighs. Still, after a while, you're lying under four sweaty ladies with bleached assholes and you can't help but wish for old-fashioned romance... I think I want to ride the real bull now. If you know what I mean.")
Vox Fabuli has put up previous shows in a small Georgetown theater called Tin Can Studio, which has a seating capacity of 30 or so. West of Lenin is a small theater by most measures, but it's three times the size of Tin Can. "This one is a sort of proof of concept," says coproducer Michael Hayes. If it goes well, it could be the first in a series: Stories for Procrastinating Children,Stories for Demented Children, and so on. Hayes is a designer around town—he's helped design sound for Keri Healey's Torso, a Mike Daisey show, Sgt. Rigsby & His Amazing Silhouettes, etc.—and has worked with most of the folks involved with Stories for Bad Children. "We've all road-tested each other," he laughs. And now they'd like to road-test you. recommended

Mating Games at Annex

What draws us together romantically and sexually as human beings? Why are some mates preferable to others? What role do senses like smell and vision play in our selection of partners? These are just some of the provocative questions explored by the Seattle Playwrights’ Collective (SPC) in their next short play festival “Mating Games: 9 Short Comedies about Love, Sex, and the Science of Desire”.