Northwest Folklife - Ghost Stories
May 27 (Sat) 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Eve Alford Theatre
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Featuring Sarah Comer (7:00), Mary Anne Moorman (7:40), and Larry Hohm (8:20).
Sarah Comer is a gifted storyteller. She has brought new life to old tales at the annual Bonfires Beaver Pelts and Boogeymen Halloween storytelling event, Pioneer Days, and most recently her one-woman show Telling Stories, where she explored common themes in folktales and the ways storytelling has changed -- and in other ways stayed the same -- across the centuries.
Mary Anne Moorman was born in the Appalachian mountain foothills of southwestern Virginia. She grew up listening to Lester Flatt and Bill Monroe playing from the back of a pickup; her Mama thought it was all sad music, so they also listened to Irving Berlin and Cole Porter while telling stories, lots of Jack Tales and ghost stories. Her Mama used Greek Mythology to teach her lessons, and her Daddy used the Bible. In between, she heard about her family all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Yes, they embellished. It was those stories that caught her imagination until she heard herself telling them to one generation after another, and the neighbors became a festival, the festival became a stage, and she became Auntmama.
Larry Hohm tells stories with an edge -- compelling works of fiction written by accomplished authors, including Anna Starobinets, Bill Pronzini, Fredric Brown, H. G. Wells, Joyce Carol Oates, Lydia Davis, Mark Twain, Mickey Spillane, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Ruth Rendell, Shirley Jackson, Ursula K. Le Guin, and many others.
He lives in Seattle and has been telling stories for eight years. He performs frequently at private parties, at the Northwest Folklife Festival, and at the Swedish Club in Seattle. He is on the Board of the Seattle Storytellers Guild, and is an Earth Creative Artist with the Earth Creative Organization. He has posted video recordings of many stories on YouTube, and his website has links to all of his recordings: