2018 Spring Season Announcement

Patrick’s Cabaret announces its 2018 Spring Season

Grassroots performance art incubator Patrick’s Cabaret, entering its 32nd year, presents a Spring Season reflecting its continuing commitment to artists on the edge of culture.

The Spring Season is pillared by four of our signature Mainstage Cabarets, based on the formula created by our founder Patrick Scully in 1986. Each Mainstage Cabaret show unites multiple acts (typically six) under a shared bill presenting their own short-form work. Cabarets are designed to offer a mix of artistic disciplines, experience levels, and creative viewpoints, and provide a supportive environment to explore new parts of artists’ performance practices.

For the majority of Patrick’s Cabaret’s history, shows have been curated by the Artistic Director or Program Director, with several slots a year also offered to Guest Curators as part of a separate program. Beginning in the 2017 Fall Season, the Guest Curator program officially merged with the Mainstage Cabaret program, and external Curators now curate all Mainstage Cabarets.

The Season also includes a special performance capping off a year-long teaching artist residency with the HIV community center the Aliveness Project. "Aliveness LIVE" invites Aliveness Project Members (clients) to present stories about their lives onstage alongside accomplished Teaching Artists (including founder Patrick Scully). Artist Education workshops will round out the Cabaret's offerings this spring. The unique professional development series invites artists on the edge of culture to teach their peers the personal and professional skills they have developed to survive as an artist on the margins. 

The Spring Season kicks off with a special event hosted at Carley Coffee, down the block from the Cabaret’s new office (following the sudden termination of its office space lease at Intermedia Arts last November). The informal networking and social event invites friends and fans of Patrick’s Cabaret to mingle with the new cohort of Curators from this Spring’s shows, and meet our new team of five Ambassadors, arts enthusiasts who will be paid to attend Patrick’s Cabaret shows and allied community events, representing Patrick’s Cabaret’s mission and vision in the community. 

Season images created for Patrick's Cabaret by Jared Maire.


Spring Season Kick-Off Social

Tuesday, January 30th
6:00-8:00 PM
Carley Coffee - 821 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Join us for a coffee drink or tap beer at Carley Coffee for an informal chance to meet-n-greet with members of the Patrick’s Cabaret family as we kick-off the Cabaret’s Spring Season. Co-hosted by our new cohort of Curators and team of Ambassadors.  


Revolutionary Jetpacks: Reclaiming the Future(s)

Curated by Gabriela Santiago
February 16-17 at 7:30 PM
Strike Theater - 824 18th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
In a time when the political environment seeks to erase our most marginalized citizens, writer Gabriela Santiago invites artists on the edge of culture to imagine and claim the future through science fiction. More details and tickets.

Lightning Rod

Co-Produced by Kat Purcell & Marcel Michelle Mobama
March 30-31 at 7:30 PM
Phoenix Theatre - 2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Theater in a flash! The second year of a radical experiment in performance inviting over 25 artists to create new works about current events with random collaborators--in the space of just a week.

Anything But English

Curated by Margaret Ogas
In partnership with Pangea World Theater
April 20-21 at 7:30 PM
Pangea World Theater Studio - 711 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The third year of this multilingual cabaret about mother tongues, global appetites, and the ways we are lost and found in translation.

Latinx-Q: A Celebration of Queer Latinx Artists

Curated by Hector Chavarria, The Big Gay Mexican
May 11-12 at 7:30 PM
Open Eye Figure Theatre - 506 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The Big Gay Mexican, with his trademark unrepentant fabulousness, brings together artists for a night celebrating the cross-currents of queer and Latinx identity.


Aliveness LIVE

Produced by Patrick’s Cabaret in Partnership with the Aliveness Project
April 7 at 2:00 PM
Pillsbury House Theater - 3501 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Patrick’s Cabaret and the Aliveness Project, a nonprofit community center for people living with HIV, culminate a year-long residency with a final performance at the Pillsbury House Theater. Aliveness Project Members have spent the last year working with Teaching Artists drawn from Patrick’s Cabaret’s vast network of artists to develop and refine their ability to tell stories about their own lives. This special afternoon event, free to Aliveness Project Members, brings together Teaching Artists and Aliveness Project Members for readings and performances about resilience and healing.

Artist Education Series Workshops

A partnership between Patrick’s Cabaret, Pangea World Theater, & Soo Visual Arts Center
Various dates/times/locations TBA
Artist Education programs are peer-led workshops of particular interest to artists on the edge of culture. Drawing from the concepts of Paulo Freire and Pedagogy of the Oppressed, this new series of workshops is a way for artists to develop new professional and personal skills that help navigate, subvert, and even disassemble the systems designed to limit their success. The call for workshop Artist-Facilitators will open in late January. Workshop details will be posted on the website.
More details about these events will be posted at patrickscabaret.org as they become available.