Content Warning: Death
On October 13th, Ex Fabula filled Sugar Maple with a completely sold-out house to hear stories on the night’s theme “Like Magic.” You may not initially associate the theme “Like Magic” with death and loss, but if you think about it, so many of our supernatural experiences revolve around feeling a connection with those who are no longer with us. Connection was really an underlying theme at this month’s StorySlam as we had stories about unexplainable connections to those we have lost, to those still in our lives, to places we inhabit, and even to strangers we meet by coincidence.
The dimly lit Sugar Maple could not have been a more perfect setting for our spooky season StorySlam. Elaine Maly, donning a fabulous witch’s hat, along with the amazing De’Shawn Ewing took the stage first to welcome the audience as our emcees for the evening, and then the stories began.
Our first four storytellers told touching tales of connecting with loved ones who had recently passed through a seemingly magical experience. Jean Casey told her very first story on an Ex Fabula stage about losing her sister but then having a magical car ride with an angelic Lyft driver who cheered her and helped her feel connected to the memory of her loved one. Monica Thomas got up to tell a story about the magical connection her mother had to tomato plants. Her mother loved planting tomatoes but after her death, Monica was unable to plant them – not for a lack of trying. Little did she know, the garden had its own plan, and magical tomato plants sprung up on their own!