A look back on the key moments, unique performances, successes, failures, and vast community of artists that have made Patrick's Cabaret an essential asset in the Twin Cities arts ecosystem. Founder Patrick Scully returns to the Cabaret stage once again with a performance reflecting on the 30 years of the Cabaret's history. Thanks to a partnership with the undergraduate course "Queer Performance and LGBT Theater" (University of Minnesota, instructor Kristen Stoeckeler) and the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (Curator Lisa Vecoli), students will create written work and performances based on materials they find in the Patrick's Cabaret organizational archive, which was recently donated to the Tretter Collection.
Patrick Scully will be the emcee for the evening, returning to his traditional role of introducing the acts and sharing spontaneous monologues. He will also be performing a piece called " 30 years in 30 minutes" in which he reviews memories, both fond and otherwise, of the last 30 years centered around Patrick's Cabaret and his own life.
Student artists and researchers from the University of Minnesota course "Queer Performance and LGBT Theater" have spent the semester learning about the history of Patrick’s Cabaret. Using materials from the Cabaret’s archive, which was recently donated to the Tretter Collection, a premiere LGBTQ archive housed at the University of Minnesota, the students are developing written research works and performed theatrical pieces that explore and interpret the archive in new ways. Instructor Kristen Stoeckeler has tasked students with devising short performance works through the lenses of: mixing of experience levels, genres, and disciplines as a central tenet of Cabaret programming; the role of the radical body (nude, bleeding, socially oppressed) on stage; and the role of space and place in the Cabaret’s history, imagining new possibilities for the future of the Cabaret in a future home.
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