Walken Schweigert Presents “The Garden: The Only Way Out of Hell is Through It”
May 26 @ 7:30 pm - June 4 @ 9:00 pm CDT
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until May 28, 2023
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until May 20, 2023
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until May 21, 2023
Born in Minneapolis and raised in St. Paul, composer Walken Schweigert is the founder of the all-queer/trans ensemble Open Flame Theatre. The Garden: The Only Way Out of Hell is Through It is the second opera in a triptych loosely inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. For this work he received a 2017 JFund award, now ACF | create — a grant from American Composers Forum with funds from the Jerome Foundation.
The Garden is a psychological, operatic thriller that follows Hayden Loralai (played by Schweigert), a young trans man put into conversion therapy against his will. In his desperation to escape conversion therapy, he opens a portal into hell where he hopes to find sanctuary with The Devil (played by Katie Burgess) from the horrors of the clinic. Instead, he finds himself thrust into the midst of a spiritual and existential battle where he must learn to reclaim what he has been taught to fear, if he is going to survive at all…
Performance Venue: The Southern Theater — Open Flame Theatre (1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454)
Performance Dates: May 19-21; and May 26-28, 2023 All performances: Doors 6:30 p.m./ show 7:30 p.m. (There will be a post-show discussion on May 20 and 27)
- Fri, May 19
- Sat, May 20
- Sun, May 21
- Fri, May 26
- Sat, May 27
- Sun, May 28
Performance Length: Approximately 80 minutes
Please Note: Masks will be required to attend.
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