Lightning Rod


Socially engaged performance created and performed in a single week—THEATER in a FLASH!

“An artist is a lightning rod, and has a responsibility to catch that electricity in the listen to the world and provide opportunities for reflection, perspective, catharsis, resistance. This is our protest.” - Guest Producer Kat Purcell

A new effort and format for Patrick's Cabaret, Lightning Rod is a week-long project creating "flash theater." Teams of writers, directors, and performers spend six days making and then performing devised (collaboratively created) work that responds to the immediacy of that week, generating performance from the prompt: "What needs to be said this week?" Drawing from news headlines and what's on the hearts and minds of artists in our community, this unique event will bring together artists from diverse backgrounds to experiment with creation, to enact our resistance—to catch our own lightning.

Led by Guest Producer Kat Purcell
Produced by Patrick’s Cabaret at Intermedia Arts
Hector Chavarria, a.k.a. The Big Gay Mexican
Marie G. Cooney
Halee Kirkwood
Kassha Lisinski
Sami Pfeffer
Gabriela Santiago

Chava Curland
Anna S. Kunin
A.P. Looze
Marcel Michelle Obama
Alyssa Perau
Eric Tu

Halie Bahr
Mike Cohn
Maxwell Collyard
Jessica Garraway/Deep Roots Jessica
Zealot Hamm/Zealotron
Kasey Heimstead
Megan Lembke
Alec Lossiah
Kat Luna
Ray Macairan
Seth Matz
Kenny Ngo
Carlina Palmer
Jenna Cis
Freya Richman
Nora Rickey
Amy Salloway
Addison Sharpe
Tyler Stafford
Nicky Steves a.k.a. City Counselor
Chloe Tarnowski
Laura Torgeson
Camille Valentino
Harry Waters Jr.
Emily Weiss



Friday, April 14, 2017 - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 7:30pm
Event Location
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 871-4444

Venue Details: 

Intermedia Arts is accessible to wheelchairs and other mobility devices. There are four gender-free single-stall restrooms, including one that is accessible to wheelchairs, and another that is designated fragrance-free.