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Blue Cactus Press is proud to announce a free, one-night only event in collaboration with Olympia author Jonah Barrett and the String and Shadow puppetry theater: Moss Covered Claws Live!
A hybrid between live reading, performance, and puppeteering, Moss Covered Claws Live adapts the short story “Boggy” from Jonah Barrett’s debut book, Moss Covered Claws (March 2021 by Blue Cactus Press). The show will include a post-performance Q&A with the author and actors, as well as a book sale where where audience members can purchase a copy of Moss Covered Claws and other Blue Cactus Press titles.
Barrett will narrate and play master of ceremonies, while local actors Mandy Ryle, Alice Rosewater, and Austin Bennett portray characters from Barrett’s story.
The short story being adapted, “Boggy,” chronicles a camping trip between a queer high schooler and her crush, where they encounter a sinister creature from the land’s past. The titular monster will be brought to life thanks to String and Shadow, consisting of Emily McHugh and Donald Palardy III, using a giant monster puppet nicknamed “Splashy.”