Locked inside a dusty trunk in the attic of an old wool mill, a girl finds a diary that reveals the dark secrets of her grandfather's Nazi past. This novella from actor and singer Susan Carr features paper cutout illustrations by Seattle artist Lauren Iida, which will be exhibited during the presentation.
On a hot summer day, an adventurous little girl explores the attic of an old woolen mill. Locked inside a dusty trunk, she finds a diary that reveals the dark secrets of her grandfather's past. Will her discovery provide the key to disrupt generations of abuse? THE RAT TREE is an illustrated coming of age novella set in 1950's Portland, Oregon. On the grounds of the family's woolen mill a big family of grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins gather for their annual summer pool party. As the sun shines on the family, two young cousins explore the attic of the mill where their grandfather stores his tools, trunks and secrets. In a locked trunk they find clues to his hidden Nazi past and generations of abuse. They decide to tell the story. Will they find salvation for all?
Event will feature an exhibit of paper cut outs from Rat Tree illustrator and Seattle artist, Lauren Iida.
Susan M. Carr is a professional actress and singer performing in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. Her film/TV credits include Lynn, Shelton's Laggies, Mike Mill's The Architecture of Reassurance, Rob Devor's ZOO, Paul Sorvino's That Championship Season, The Practice and Gilmore Girls. Susan has written many plays/screenplays that have been performed at Seattle Fringe Festivals, Bumbershoot and New City's New Works Festival. She is the vocal coach to many Grammy winning bands such as Macklemore, Alice in Chains, The Head & The Heart, Alien Ant Farm, Mastodon, The President of the United States. Susan teaches “The Art of Screaming.” The Ballad of Desiree was her first novel.