Wild&Precious is a nationally acclaimed, one-man multi-media performance of original songs, photographs, costume, stories and poems. And it’ s coming to Houston.
In it, psychotherapist Steve Cadwell dramatizes, celebrates and educates about the arc of the last 60 years of gay liberation and social transformation. The Huffington Post called the show a “ powerful, lyrical history of our times.”
It goes like this: Cadwell tells the story of Steve, a Vermont sissy boy in the 1950s, deep in the closet in the late ’ 60s, a breakdown from emotional stress of the closet, breakthrough as part of the gay movement in the ’ 70s in Houston, AIDS activist in the ’ 80s, and now psychotherapist “ married to his man.” The couple has a son. Ultimately, Cadwell celebrates the social and psychological resilience that helped him and his generation come out of the “ straight” jacket into fullness of being men.
This is a story of change for the better. As a psychotherapist, Steve’ s been listening topeople’ s stories for 40 years to good healing effect. This is his story about what it means tobe a man in our one wild and precious life—one man’ s version of LGBT social change history. The piece dramatically brings to life universal themes: gender, sexuality, shame, stigma, mental health, social change, resilience, parenting, aging, the therapeutic relationship, HIV, grief, empowerment, diverse family structure, family life cycle and the healing power of love.
Steve Cadwell, Ph.D., got his MSW at the University of Texas at Austin after working in child welfare in Houston. Heis now a senior psychotherapist in Boston and writes and teaches on issues of gender, sexuality, shame, and group therapy at Boston University’ s Graduate School of Social Work and with Harvard Medical psychiatry residents.
InWild&Precious, Cadwell tells his story about our universal quest for meaning. The show has been featured on campuses and at theaters, clinical conferences, and Pride Festivals coast to coast: Boston, New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, and Vermont, as well asat Brown University, Amherst College, Smith College, Clark University and the University of Texas.
Wild&Precious is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, January 22 at MATCH Theater 3, and benefits Trinity Episcopal Church’ s restoration of the historic Bering House and Tony’ s Place drop-in center for homeless gay kids. Tickets are available atwww.HomelessGayKidsHouston.org. Tickets for the performance at MATCH and a reception afterward at Bering House, 3400 Fannin, are $150. Tickets for the reception only are $50.
WHAT: Steve Cadwell’ s Wild&Precious
WHEN: Sunday, January 22, 2 p.m.
WHERE: MATCH Theater 3, 3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002
About Tony’s Place
Asmany as 1.3 million youth ages 13 through 24 are homeless in the United States, with 20 to 40 percent of them identifying as LGBT. In Harris County, 25 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT
Tony’ s Place is a new daytime drop-in center in Montrose for LGBT youth ages 13 through 24 who are experiencing homelessness. The non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization relies solely on volunteers and donations from the community. Itis named in memory ofTony Carroll, local psychotherapist, philanthropist, civic leader and a driving force in the establishment of the drop-in center.
Launched in partnership with parent organization Homeless Gay Kids-Houston, Tony’ s Place is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It provides services including food, laundry, showers, fashionable clothing, computer access, toiletries, backpacks and Wi-Fi. While the focus ison the unique needs of LGBT youth, all homeless, runaway and street-involved young people have access to the drop-in center and support services.
There are many ways individuals can help Houston’ s homeless LGBT youth. Tax-deductible donations, whether monthly recurring donations or a one-time donation, help build the drop in center for the kids.
Tony’ s Place isa volunteer-driven organization that seeks highly motivated individuals. Current needs include direct youth workers, as well as volunteers to help with administration, finance, development, marketing, outreach and more
“Direct youth workers are adults who serve as mentors, and handle such tasks as opening and closing the facility and doing security screening,” said Homeless Gay Kids-Houston board member, Tony Shelton.
To quality for this position, volunteers must go through a background check and complete a half-day training, Shelton added.
Cooks and people with restaurant and/or catering experience are also sought by Tony’ s Place “ to cook at their own facility and bring food,” for dinner for about 40 kids per day, Shelton said.
“ We also have access to an offsite commercial kitchen, where food can be prepared, then brought in,” Shelton said.
No background check necessary for volunteer cooks. To donate or volunteer, please visit www.homelessgaykidshouston.org.