A “Monster” of a Show at Clinton St. Theater November 3
Just when you might think the goblins and gremlins of Halloween are behind you for another year, the Portland Storytellers Guild will bring them back to life in “Monsters,” a evening of sometimes chilling and always provocative tales from Steve Henegar, Holly Robison and Julie Strozyk Saturday, November 3 at the Clinton Street Theater. Doors open at 7 and the stories begun at 7:30.
“They waft through our lives as insubstantial as ghosts, prosaic as a skunk; carried on a lingering howl of desire under the moon, and as unexpected as the goddess Kali in a babushka,” Henegar says in the wistful style that has made him a Guild favorite. ”Even before you’d read Freud, they became the personification of everything inside you that was bursting to get out. As kids, they showed up to remind you how not to behave or the consequences if you didn’t. Too interesting, too familiar to be restrained– monsters with your best interests at heart, monsters wanting retribution; monsters like a mirror, all waiting kindly, patiently, hungrily in ambush.”
Funny, touching and relatively honest, Steven Henegar calls up the everyday and the fantastic to discover those feelings and experiences that connect us all. For over 25 years, his performances and workshops have blended the easy conversation of his family's storytelling with the focused energy and knowledge drawn from a decade in the theater as an actor, writer and director.
Holly Robison is a storyteller, teacher, presenter, mentor, and – first and foremost — a wife and mother. She has spent over 15 years lifting audiences and individuals through story and song from Seattle to Sydney. With a degree in theater from Brigham Young University and years of training in communication and inspiration, Holly has the skills and charisma to take any audience on a magical journey.
Julie Strozyk (with her imagined alter ego, Baba Yaga, who has lived in the woods and frightened children for centuries) has been telling stories for almost 30 years as part of the Portland Storytellers Guild and the Society for Creative Anachronism.She enjoys traditional and personal tales that touch the heart and “give it a little squeeze,” along with poetry, music and all things beautiful.