Singing psychotherapist’s celebrated, one-man healing arts show to benefit AAC

Steven Cadwell,Club Cafe
Psychologist Steven Cadwell, performing his one-man healing and expressive arts show covering 60 years of Gay Liberation.

The Boston-based, self-described “singing psychotherapist” Steven Cadwell is bringing his one-man show, “Wild & Precious,” to the Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., for a one-night only performance to benefit the AIDS Action Committee, where Cadwell served as a support-group leader in the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. Tickets, $20, $15 for seniors and students, are available at the Club Café event webpage, where you can also find more info about the South End hot spot’s full line-up of shows and other fab-fun events.

Describing the show, the psychologist-playwright says:

“Wild & Precious” is a theatrical memoir celebrating the life of Steve Cadwell, a gay man who grew up in rural Vermont. From the moment the curtain goes up until the final bow the audience is riveted on Cadwell’s tale: you’ll cherish the little boy playing with dolls; identify with the adolescent challenges of discovering his sexuality; and witness first-hand the gay experience of the past 60 years: Stonewall; disco; AIDS; freedom to marry; and more are put in a context that’s made real by Cadwell’s vulnerability, authenticity and integrity. This well-tuned roller coaster shoots its riders through tumults, joys, tears, and celebration.

Cadwell has preformed the piece at Fenway Health as part of Gay Pride and he’s done it at Prides in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island. He’s also used the show as a teaching tool for college communities (Amherst College, Brown, Smith, Middlebury, UT Austin) and for clinicians (Mass. Association of Psychoanalytic Psychologist, Elder LGBTQ Caregivers Conference, American Group Psychotherapy Conference).

In addition to his private practice, consultation, and performing, Cadwell is a faculty member at Boston University’s School of Social Work and the Harvard Psychiatry Residency Program.