February 24 | Wednesday | 6:30 p.m.


Pre­-Show Spoken Word Performance

Taylor and Izzie are forced to challenge their deepest beliefs in Sarah Gubbins’ new play. Where is the line blurred between self­-defense and perceived fear? Is there one? Come hear Chicago performance poet avery r young break it down in this special pre-­show spoken word performance piece as she riffs off the realities of terrorism and violence in Chicago neighborhoods. Then, stick around for free refreshments before enjoying Sarah Gubbins’ Cocked.


avery r. young is a Cave Canem alum & 3Arts Awardee who’s work has been appeared in American Studies Journal AIMPrint, Coon Bidness,and other anthologies. His work with language, visual text & sound design has been featured in exhibitions & on-line publications. Recently, as an artist-in-residence at The University of Chicago, young completed a collection of sound designs that will be featured on his first full-length album “booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid” and a collection of concrete poems called “cullud sign(s).” His work celebrates Black American history and culture, all the while pushing boundaries in aesthetics and the spaces language lends itself.

Opening for avery are youth poets Kinnedy Broughton, Olivia Shine, and Lawren Carter.


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