Lightning Rod - Call for Writers


NOTIFICATIONS on or before MARCH 13th

Patrick’s Cabaret is seeking writers of various backgrounds to participate in a new Twin Cities flash theater tradition called Lightning Rod. The production will assemble a diverse team of artists to collaborate with only a few days to create works that respond to the current week’s events. We’re mixing the pot; both as a generative practice and a community involvement exercise. Come play a theater game, with serious consequences.


  • Sunday April 9th – Community Gathering. Between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM for auditions, group devising time, orientation, and rehearsal schedule set and other logistical negotiations. Refreshments and breaks provided.

  • Monday, April 10th – Concepting shows, writing. Write a 20-25 minute long piece with minimal prop and costume requirements, following the parameters and challenges set before you on orientation day. Parameters will include—but may not be limited to— prompts, specific news headlines, the performers assigned to you, any other prompt or constraint that encourages you to respond in the moment and/or think outside the box. We will set open hours for the special Lightning Rod Writers’ Room at Intermedia Arts if you would like to join us to write in fellowship with others.

  • Tuesday, April 11th – Rehearsal begins. Writers must submit pieces in whatever state they are in and agree to make no further amendments, edits or unsolicited remarks.

  • Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th – Performances. Please attend at least one performance to enjoy the results! We would also be delighted for you to participate in talk backs, Q & A’s and pre-show rituals if you are able.


  • Support Patrick’s Cabaret Mission. Patrick’s Cabaret is a queer-led performance art incubator supporting the growth and development of artists on the edge of culture. The organization produces work by hundreds of artists each year, with a particular focus on making space for artists of color, with disabilities, and on the LGBT/Queer spectrum to tell their stories in a welcoming, supportive, and transformative environment. (You do not have to live with or inhabit any of these identities to participate)

  • Attitude: Have a vested interest in or curiosity for collaborative work, particularly in new contexts with fresh faces. Passion for taking creative and professional risks for the sake of powerful work.

  • Have the ability to submit work on time, legibly formatted and within the parameters set by this curated event.


Writers are paid a fee of $50 for their participation, and will be provided with a comp'd admission to the performance to which they contributed.

While we wish we could pay more, we hope that you see the value of contributing to a community-driven process where you will meet new fellow artists, new ways of working, and be part of a uniquely theatrical form of resistance.



If you have any questions you can reach Guest Producer Kat Purcell at