Last year, for their wedding, David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma offered their guests an original performance that they called a “Gaybaret.” They wanted not only to share their stories—and the story of how they met—but also to delve into the deeper and more universal aspects of those stories, using a cabaret form that combined storytelling, original songs, and theatrical magic.
What emerged was an unusual and moving exploration of how friends and teachers help us to be ready to meet and say yes to a life-partner—gay, straight, or otherwise. Come be part of the public premiere of this inspiring and innovative show, newly revised into a free-standing performance that David and Tom plan to take on the road. Expanded and developed with support from 4Culture and presented in collaboration with Vashon Center for the Arts and the Vashon Heritage Museum exhibit “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” Gaybaret promises to be a singular theatrical event.
The weekend of performances will also be preceded by a special historical panel, Prelude to a Gaybaret: A Panel on the Art of Transformation, at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 21, 2019.