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Stories for Bad Children
West of Lenin Theater
Seattle, WA
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Stories for Bad Children
Once upon a time there were two sisters. One day they went into the woods and encountered something weird like a talking wombat or an ancient cheese-scented crone. The good sister was perfectly polite and did whatever they asked. The bad sister was all "Piss off, freaks!" So the bad sister was cursed and the good sister got to marry a prince and ride a sapphire unicorn and lived happily ever after, blah blah blah.

Bored with the good children? So are we.

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Kendra & Michael Hayes team up to bring you STORIES FOR BAD CHILDREN, a cabaret-style show celebrating the naughty boys and girls of the fairy tale world. STORIES FOR BAD CHILDREN plays at West of Lenin, November 15, 16 & 17 at 8pm.

Dark days are upon us. Join us in the blankie fort for tales of gleeful wickedness told through puppets, dance, music, and improv (pajamas optional):

- twisted Hansel and Gretel variations from Vox Fabuli Puppets
- Confessions of a Houseplant from bellydancer Kendra Hayes
- musical lessons in immoral morality from Rick Miller
- 'Fairest' - the dark tale of Snow White from dance duo Mer Sedna
- wickedly funny tales from Kelleen Conway Blanchard read by Basil Harris
- and more!

Stories for Bad Children will be different each evening according to the whims of fate and our emcees, improv artists Super Mega Art Show.

~Who's Involved~

Rachel Jackson's Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called "mad and masterful" by The Seattle Times. The mind behind last year's hit MANOS  The Hands of Felt, she more recently brought her talented hands to Team of Heroes: Behind Closed Doors and Whedonesque Burlesque.

Kendra Hayes has been carrying around the banner for dark, avant-garde bellydance since 2000, having shared stages with everyone from the Crystal Method to King Tut. She's founder of the infamous dance troupe Hands of Kali and author of the rock n roll bellydance guide "Stomping Ground" and the forthcoming novel "Shotgun Brides." Currently, Kendra owns and operates Tin Can Studio in Seattle's historic Old Rainier Brewery, where she commands a small army of ferocious bellydancers and grows organic vegetables.

Michael Hayes' sound design and original musics have appeared on gobs of local stages, plenty of internet, and even the Discovery Channel (yay royalties!) In addition he's been known to dabble in lighting design, cinematography, and now producing. Michael's music project, the Fog People (with none other than Rachel Jackson as collaborator) is nearing completion on a new record. He recently and quietly turned down a touring gig to start Tin Can Studio with his lovely wife, and he spends a lot of time with his pug Brutus.

Perhaps best-known as one-third of the bluegrass group the Half Brothers, Seattle-area singer-songwriter Rick Miller's work has been heard in plays by Annex, Consolidated Works, Macha Monkey, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Printer's Devil. He likes stories with unreliable narrators and music that goes "twang." Look for the Half Brothers to be featured in an Annex Theatre show in Summer of 2013.

Katrina Ellison and Victoria Jacobs' Mer Sedna project fuses tribal bellydance, Butoh, and Modern elements into a ritualistic, serpentine language of movement. Formed by Katrina in 2009, and adding Victoria's flamenco element, Mer Sedna is a dynamic and unique study in precision.

Kelleen Conway Blanchard's work has been seen/produced at Annex, 12 Minutes Max and 14/48, Spin the Bottle and as part of FringeACT. Outside of Seattle, her plays have been part of Eight Tens at Eight in Santa Cruz, the 2nd Annual Festival of New Short Plays in Belfast, Maine and Perishable Theatre's Women's Playwriting Festival.

Super Mega Art Show: If there's one criticism most people have of performance art it's that it's not pretentious enough. Hanz and Hiemen are here to solve that problem. These two fake foreign artists make more artistic art in a minute than most artists make in a lifetime. Art is Truth. Truth is Pain. Pain is Funny. Super Mega Art Show created by Dartanion London and Graham Downing.


So much for happy endings.

*Not intended for actual children. Recommended for patrons 15 years old and up.

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West of Lenin Theater (View)
203 N. 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 15
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Tin Can Studio
On BPT Since: Oct 27, 2011
Michael Hayes

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