An Evening with Kevin Kling and Friends
Master storyteller Kevin Kling, award-winning composer Aaron Gabriel, and Interact's incomparable Ensemble of Artists with Disabilities create an unforgettable evening of theater, humor, music, storytelling and film to benefit Interact's work with artists with disabilities here in Minnesota, and around the world.
For over eighteen years, Minneapolis-based Interact and its mission to create art that challenges perceptions of disability has been recognized as a national leader in creating groundbreaking professional theater and visual arts by artists with disabilities.
Sample some of our best during this unforgettable evening!
Count on Kevin Kling to share real-life stories that by all rights shouldn't be true. Kling is best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, for dozens of plays produced by theaters throughout the US, and for eating things before knowing what they are. He was born with a congenital birth defect, and a motorcycle accident added considerably to the list of things he cannot do. Like his beloved wiener dogs his example of a "can do" attitude in a "can't do" body - Kling takes life as it comes, and sees every experience as a blessing and material for a darn good story. He has worked with Interact over almost two decades as playwright, storyteller, humorist, guest performer and inspiration through the healing power of his stories.
Ivey-award-winning composer Aaron Gabriel has created original songs and theater sound-scores for some of the Twin Cities' most recognized music-theater performers, including companies such as Stages Theater and Theatre Latte Da. Interact's Music Director and Resident Composer for over five years, Gabriel rocks the house with songs that belt out the power of diva or the ethereal resonance of a choir of angels. With several MN State Arts Board awards in his repertoire, Gabriel has composed work for two Interact international residencies, in Thailand and Africa, as well as a dozen original productions here at home in the Twin Cities.
Interact's Artists with Disabilities just simply bring it. Serious drama, politically incorrect cabaret, clowning chaos, nothing-sacred humor, dance, music and story you'll get a taste of their best during Kevin Kling & Friends. Recognized by peers and critics with two Ivey Awards, this company of actors, singers, musicians, dancers and all-around amazing performers is what Interact is all about. We've perfected it here at home, we're taking it across the world to Thailand and we're sharing it all with you on November 8th!
St. Olaf Professor Emeritus Michael Leming (sociology, anthropology and Asian studies) is proud to co-sponsor Kevin Kling and Friends. Professor Leming first experienced Interact's work in 2009 and invited them to join his study-abroad program in Thailand. Since then, Interact has helped develop a new theater for children with disabilities in Chiang Mai.
Kevin Kling and Friends especially celebrates Interact Thailand, part of Interact's bold new direction to transcend borders and challenge perceptions of disability here in Minnesota, and around the world.
Don't miss this once-only showcase of incredible performances, which will also include film clips from Interact Thailand and Interact shows and a rousing artist talk-back after the performance.
Kelsey Theater at St. Olaf College (View)
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057
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