OUT As I Want To Be will present Steve Cadwell’s acclaimed one-man performance “Wild & Precious” Sunday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Cadwell will be interviewed live on WCSH’s "207" program Friday, Oct. 16.

This one-of-a-kind show dramatically brings to life's universal themes including gender, sexuality, shame, mental health, social change, stigma, resilience, parenting, aging, the therapeutic relationship, HIV, diverse family structure, family life cycle and the healing power of love. The themes are drawn from Cadwell’s life and 35 years of work as a psychotherapist and group therapy educator (BU Graduate School of Social Workers, Harvard Psychiatric Residents).

Cadwell, Ph.D., is a senior psychotherapist in Boston who has written and taught on issues of gender, sexuality and shame at BUSSW and Harvard. In this performance piece, he pushes the Case Study Method out by telling his story about the universal quest for meaning. “Wild & Precious” has been featured at theaters, campuses and Pride Festivals coast to coast.

The show is a well-tuned roller coaster that shoots its riders through tumults, joys, tears, and celebration of how far the LGBT community has come in the journey of acceptance. Audiences cherish the little boy playing with dolls, identify with the adolescent challenges of discovering sexuality and witness first-hand the gay experience of the past 60 years — Stonewall, disco, AIDS, freedom to marry and more — all put into a context made real by Cadwell’s vulnerability, authenticity and integrity.

Tickets are $20, free for those younger than 19. They are available via the Strand at 594-0070 or rocklandstrand.com. One hundred percent of the event’s proceeds benefit OUT, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to the support and empowerment of LGBTQ young people in Midcoast Maine. For more information, visit outmidcoast.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.