OnEdge offers Experimental Theater and Dance January 16 – February 1

November 25, 2014

The bold performance series returns to Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Storefront Theater, DuSable Museum of African American History, Links Hall and Beauty Bar

Mary May    312.744.0576

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents the second year of OnEdge, an experimental theater, dance and performance series this January 16 – February 1, 2015. The series will feature Chicago and world premieres from national and international artists and companies at various venues throughout the city.

OnEdge dives into themes of identity and spirituality while challenging audiences to reexamine life and culture through intense, contemporary performances by emerging and mid-career artists such as Roger Guenveur Smith (Los Angeles), Richard Maxwell (New York), Michelle Boulé (New York), Eric Hoff & Jesse Morgan Young (Chicago), Daniel Barrow (Montreal), Kyle deCamp (New York) and Jane Beachy (Chicago). The series also includes workshops with some of the guest artists.

OnEdge is FREE and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before each performance. For a complete schedule, visit


Urban Renewal

January 16 and 17 at 7:30pm

Storefront Theater - 66 E. Randolph St.

Creator and performer Kyle deCamp depicts her experience growing up in Chicago’s Hyde Park in the chaotic ’60s. During this intimate performance, the audience is invited to bear witness to innocence and the aspirations and failures of modernism.



January 19 and 26 at 9:30pm (doors open at 8pm)

Beauty Bar - 1444 W. Chicago Ave.

Founded & curated by Jane Beachy, Salonathon has run weekly on Monday nights at Beauty Bar since July 2011 and is a home for underground, emerging and genre-defying art. Join OnEdge at Salonathon for two installments of works in progress by local and national artists.


The Thief of Mirrors

January 22 and 23 at 7:30pm

Storefront Theater - 66 E. Randolph St.

As part of the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Montreal-based Daniel Barrow presents the world premiere of The Thief of Mirrors. Throughout the performance, Barrow walks the razor’s edge of irony, challenging systems of class and control in our culture.


Rodney King

January 24 at 7pm

DuSable Museum of African American History - 740 E. 56th Pl.

Rodney King is a monologue from award winning actor, writer and director Roger Guenveur Smith. The solo performance recalls the events surrounding the 1992 Los Angeles riot through a “conversation” with King. Smith has a long list of film credits that include Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Eve’s Bayou and American Gangster, for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.



January 28, 29, 30 and 31 at 9pm (doors open at 8pm)

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park - 201 E. Randolph St.

REVIVAL returns to OnEdge following its 2013 work-in-progress showing. The creation of Eric Hoff and Jesse Morgan Young serves as equal parts performance and party featuring Chicago artists and DJ Smirk from Wolf + Lamb. This one-of-a-kind experience takes place indoors, backstage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.



January 30 and 31 at 7pm

Links Hall - 3111 N. Western Ave.

Michelle Boulé pushes her body into new dimensions of exposure in WONDER. The dance engages the audience in a purposeful relationship with the performer to mutually explore seeing and being seen. Through a continuous cycle of costumes and personas, Boulé explores archetypes and definitions of gender, identity and virtuosity.



January 30 and 31 at 7:30pm and February 1 at 2pm

Storefront Theater - 66 E. Randolph St.

Ads is a video work by seminal theater artist Richard Maxwell that asks local participants, "What do you believe?" and provides "airtime" for them to answer. Maxwell, a playwright and the artistic director for New York City Players, is the recipient of the 2014 Spalding Gray Award.


Some performances include sexual themes and adult content. Not recommended for children under the age of 15. The schedule of performances is subject to change.

For information on OnEdge as well as all programs presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit our website at and join us on Facebook and Twitter @ChicagoDCASE (#OnEdge).




Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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