Lightning Rod

Theater in a flash! The second year of a radical experiment in performance inviting over 37 artists to create new works about current events with random collaborators–in the space of just a week.

Co-produced by

Kat Purcell & Marcel Michelle- Mobama


Dua, Keila Anali Saucedo, Adrienne Kleinman, Xochi de la Luna, Rica de la Concha, Christie Dove 


Seth Matz, Nina Medvedeva, Yoni Tamang, Zeam Porter, Malakai Greiner, Diana Siegel-Garcia


Nikki Abramson, Mike C: Dancer on Wheels, Deep Roots Jessica, Ari Newman, caspian wirth-petrik, Mike Curran, Zealotron, Kallie Melvin, Jessica Eckerstorfer, Ogechi Egonu, Lucas Scheelk, Wolf Valencia, sente, Kenny Ngo, Ricardo Beaird, Erika Dani, Kevin Kaoz, Julia Gay, Seng Xiong, Lelis Brito, Lizzette Chapa, Sophea Ek, Amy Salloway, Kassia Lisinski, Camille Mitchell

Performance Schedules & Creative Teams

Announcing the titles and creative team behind each performance! Remember that each night has a different line-up, both amazing, but if you're coming to see a friend's work, double-check the list below before buying your ticket at

FRIDAY, MARCH 30th at 7:30 PM

Written by Zeam Porter
Directed by Dua
Performed by Ricardo Beaird, Erika Dani, Jessica Eckerstorfer, & Kenny Ngo 

“Southern Quadrant”
Written by Nina Medvedeva
Directed by Christie Dove
Performed by Nikki Abramson, Mike C: Dancer on Wheels, Kevin Kaoz, Kassia Lisinski, & Amy Salloway

"The Archivist"
Written by Yoni Tamang
Directed by Rica de la Concha
Performed by Lizzette Chapa, Ogechi Egonu, Deep Roots Jessica, & Seng Xiong

Followed by a brief post-show discussion

SATURDAY, MARCH 31st at 7:30 PM

"Live, The Show"
Written by Diana Siegel-Garcia
Directed by Xochi de la Luna
Performed by Lelis Brito, Sophea Ek, sente, & caspian wirth-petrik

“Unsound Parables”
Written by Seth Matz
Directed by Adrienne Kleinman
Performed by Mike Curran, Ari Newman, Lucas Scheelk, & Wolf

Written by Kai Greiner
Directed by Keila Anali Saucedo
Performed by Julia Gay, Kallie Melvin, Camille Mitchell, Zealotron

Followed by a brief post-show discussion


$10 (+ service charge) online
Sliding scale $12-20 at the door
Please note tickets are not available directly from participating artists for this event.
Produced by Patrick’s Cabaret
At Phoenix Theatre - 2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408



Friday, March 30, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location
Phoenix Theatre
2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 377-2285

Venue Details: 

The lobby and theater are all on the same floor, with accessible seating in the first row. An ADA compliant restroom and all-gender restrooms are also available on the first floor. There is no parking lot for the Phoenix. Street parking is free almost everywhere around the space. Likely spots are in front of the school on Hennepin, down 26th, or on one of the residential streets parallel to Hennepin. Do not park in the spots behind the theater, as you will be towed.