The Menace Among Us

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Stories are how we make meaning of our lives and our world. They make us laugh, think–and teach us how to be human. When the pace of change accelerates absurdly and our definition of “community” seems to change with every headline, stories can ground us and help us remember who we are.

The Portland Storytellers’ Guild preserves the ancient tradition of oral storytelling in the modern world by creating a space where teller and listener sit down and together, recreate the stories of our common humanity. Like all living things, stories come to life when they are nurtured by being told, heard and savored.

For 25 years, the Portland Storytellers’ Guild has been introducing people of the Pacific Northwest to the joy and power of stories in person, face to face. Old stories that may have been committed to print long ago breathe and move and sing again. New stories find their way from our lives into our tales. It is said that to be human is to have a story to tell. That is what the Portland Storytellers’ Guild is all about.

We invite you experience this magic at one of our monthly performances, now at the Historic Clinton Street Theater!

The Menace Among Us


the corner of menace and dread

“The Menace Among Us” Will Be Lurking in Stories at the Clinton St. Theater Nov. 2nd.

Four storytellers standing at the corner of Menace & Dread will shed light on the darkness near at hand in the Portland Storytellers Guild’s monthly show Saturday evening, November 2 at the Clinton Street Theater.

Janice Alexander, Trish Anderson, Norm Brecke and Anne Rutherford, share tales of the macabre that can lurk in the shadows, turning such seemingly innocent pleasures as walking the beach, bonding with a pet or riding a carousel into “the menace among us” in a show is recommended for mature audiences ready to enjoy a good scare. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.

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Portland Storytellers' Guild November Performers

Janice Alexander, a kindly grandmother and retired teacher grew up with an older brother who told her Edgar Allen Poe stories at bedtime. So she knows what it takes to share the shivers out of an audience

Trish Anderson never thought of her childhood as haunted, until she started telling stories, and found out that other people didn’t see or hear the things she did. Now she mines her upbringing for unsettling tales.

A well traveled professional storyteller, Norm Brecke grew up sharing ghost stories around the campfire, watched Creature Features every Saturday nights and saw Night of the Living Dead at the drive-in at age 6.

Anne Rutherford was raised in a house between a graveyard and a cow pasture, inspiring her love of the earthy stories she has told at the National Storytelling Festival and as a two-time Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center.

Special Admission

Tickets are $15 online ($12 for Guild members and their guests) and $20 at the door.