Cabaret on the Lake


Join Three Cat Productions for Cabaret on the Lake.  Cabaret on the Lake is a free, monthly variety show giving singers, storytellers, comedians, performance artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and solo artists of every type a place to develop their work.

Held the 2nd Friday of the month at the Berger Park Cultural Center, experienced performers split the bill with artists learning their craft or trying new material for the first time. Hosted by Rob Dorn – singer, storyteller, national Broadway musical theater tour veteran, and Green Mill regular.

Chances are good Cabaret on the Lake will show you something or someone you’ve never seen before. And it’s a great way to get taste of Three Cat for free!

Want to see a history of past performers, visit our performance timeline here.

Up Next:

June 9, 2017 at 7:30pm

Hosted by Rob Dorn

Featuring: Pat Curtis and Joe Weintraub, Ada Cheng, Rob Dorn, and Jason Paul Smith.

Joe & PatAda ChengJason SmithRob Dorn

About Joe

“Since the previous century, J. Weintraub has been publishing fiction, essays, translations, and poetry in all sorts of places, from The Massachusetts Review to The Chicago Reader from Modern Philology to Disturbed Digest. He has been a StoneSong and an Around-the-Coyote poet and as a member of the Dramatists Guild he has had one-act plays performed throughout the country–from San Juan Capistrano, CA, to Paw Paw, MI–as well as in Australia, India, and by The Second City, Chicago He has also been a featured author in readings at such literary landmarks as the Black Rock Pub, the Charnel House Theatre, the Bourgeois Pig, and the last demonstrably haunted bar in Chicago, the Red Lion Pub, and he is proud once again to be a part of Cabaret-on-the-Lake.”

About Pat

Pat is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. The inspiration for Joint Attention came from her work as a school psychologist in Oak Park, where she encountered many families dealing with the devastating effects of autism, and was often touched by the heroism and determination with which they sought treatment for their children. Pat’s ten minute comedy, Sibling Ribaldry, was produced by Second City as part of their “Best of the Tens” showcase in November, 2012. In addition to playwriting, Pat is an avid theater-goer, who cherishes the joyous little epiphanies that live theater inspires in its audience.

About Ada Cheng

Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller, improviser, and stand-up comic. She is a one-time Moth storyslam winner, a presenter at the National Storytelling Conference, and a runner-up at Chicago’s Bughouse Square Debates. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago and Atlanta. She has also told stories at The Moth in Chicago, New York, Denver, and Detroit. Her book, Standing Up: From Renegade Professor to Middle-Aged Comic, published in December 2016 by Difference Press, aims at encouraging people, particularly mid-lifers, to embrace fear and uncertainty and to pursue their passion and dream. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell. Check out her website for more information.

About Jason

Jason Paul Smith is a Chicago-based theater artist specializing in new play development and revitalization of classic works. As a freelance director and as artistic director of Three Cat Productions, Smith is committed to fostering the growth of artists of all backgrounds and perspectives. In 2007, Smith founded Three Cat Productions with the mission of fostering artists, initially through storytelling and cabaret and subsequently theater education. In 2013, he expanded Three Cat’s commitment to its mission with three major development-oriented programs, the annual Chicago New Work Festival for full-length plays and musicals, the annual SOLO Chicago festival for storytelling, and the Cabaret on the Lake series. Three Cat will hold its first full production season in 2013-14 with three new works by Chicago-based playwrights, all directed by Smith.  In 2014, he collaborated with Gary Gimmestad on two projects the musical Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s and the play Scarlet Sisters Everleigh.  Recent directing credits include Joint Attention by Pat Curtis, Tell Me When It Hurts by Lisa Scott, and Holiday Stories a collection of eight holiday plays.   A University of Minnesota graduate, Smith has directed theater, cabaret and concerts across the country, including musicals The Stops, Hello Dolly! and Sunday in the Park with George, and well-known plays such as The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Smith also is an award-winning storyteller and solo performer. He received a Ragdale Residency in 2008 for playwrighting.

About Rob Dorn

Rob Dorn most recently appeared as Jacey Squires and top tenor in the Barbershop Quartet in Paramount Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of “The Music Man.” He has performed in hundreds of theaters across the country, including The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Hey City Stage, Minnesota Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. Locally he’s worked with Silk Road, Three Cat Productions, Court Theatre, Wisdom Bridge, Apple Tree, Light Opera Works and Pegasus Players. He toured for many years with the pop vocal group, “Three Hits and a Miss” and currently sings with Alan Gresik’s Swingshift Orchestra at Chicago’s Green Mill. Rob is also an award winning Graphic Designer and Illustrator.

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