Happy June, cuties! Guess what?... it’s Pride month!
If you’re a research nerd like many of us, you might be interested in some of the history behind all things “Pride”. One of the sparks for the gay liberation movement, as well as the modern fight for LGBTQIA+ rights in America, can be traced to the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.
The events broke out when the Stonewall Inn — a NYC bar that was a welcoming place for the LGBTQIA+ community — was raided violently by police in the middle of the night. Raids like this were not uncommon — and you may remember us talking about them during our 2016 production of JUNE; however, this time patrons of the bar, including incredible transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, said enough is enough. They risked their lives, just as many others have done throughout history, to stand up against injustice.
The first Pride march occurred the year after the riots in 1970, and the parades and festivities that continue today celebrate how far we’ve come and remind us how far we still have to go to ensure safety and fundamental rights for all. People participate in Pride month in many different ways, so get out there to celebrate with radical joy, protest for safety, support the community, and be kind to one another.
Speaking of radical joy, we invite you to join us under the umbrella for some exciting events this summer:
Save the date for our Surprise Birthday Party on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Okay, okay, we know that it's happening... but it will be full of other surprises just for you! Official season announcements, delicious treats and bevs, super special news, and all kinds of goodies and fun. Seriously, you don't want to miss this.
There will be cake and a full bar... your first round is on us!
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM (or when your party heart desires)
Nomad World Pub (501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454; 21+ Event)
You'll need to reserve your ticket to get the secret password for entry to the super-secret-surprise party location! Pick your own price!
Savage Umbrella is turning 11 this year! We planned to have a big ol’ bash for the big 1-0 last year, but an unexpected hospital trip for Founding Artistic Director Laura Leffler (she’s doing great now!) meant postponing for a year. So, please join us in raising a glass to 10+1 years of new work and conversation!
Hurry! Only a few days left to get those applications in for Night of New Works. Do you have an idea that needs a little collaborative push and support? Three projects will be chosen to engage in an exploratory and collaborative rehearsal process culminating in a public final presentation of works-in-progress at Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater in Uptown Minneapolis, MN (September 10-12).
Application deadline is 11:59 PM on Friday, June 8, 2018
More information available at http://www.savageumbrella.org/nnw-application
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Happy PRIDE, everyone! We’re kicking off our month by taking over the Phoenix Theater stage with What’s Next Productions for their monthly sex ed comedy improv show:
Sex is fun! Sex ed should be, too. How many of us sat through an awkward health class that everyone giggled through or didn't even get the birds and the bees talk? Probably most of us, right? We're teaming up with What’s Next Productions to put those giggles to good use for their sex ed comedy show (18+ event). Join us for Sex Ed: a sexprov PRIDE edition:
Friday, June 8, 2018 | 10:30 PM
at Phoenix Theater (2605 Hennepin Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis)
Tickets are only $10! Save your spot today.
BONUS: Phoenix Theater will be hosting a happy hour before the show. Purchase a ticket online or at the door and receive $1 OFF drinks from 9:00 - 10:00 PM at the theater bar.
See you under the umbrella!