Part of Ignite Chicago
exercise your demons: a play on the trauma of a gay male body
Feb 19, 2022
Presented in-person at Hardware Strength and Conditioning


Max wants to be healthy. Brooks is his personal trainer. Russell is a gym rat. Wiley makes money using OnlyFans. Looming amongst them is The Demon, an amalgamation of their greatest desire and fear—and there’s much more than exercise at stake when these men meet up at their local gym. In the aftermath of suicide, a group of artists must grapple with grief, sex, identity, body image, performance, and the demons that live inside all of us.

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Location Details

This is a live, in-person, one-day-only event presented at Hardware Strength and Conditioning in Andersonville.
Please note that street parking is available. Enter the building via the side gate on the east side of the building.

Hardware Strength and Conditioning
1834 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

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Creative Team

Gage Tarlton
Ryan Dobrin
Breon Arzell
Movement Director


Jos N. Banks
Yuchi Chiu
Teddy Gales
Alec Coles Perez
Alexis J. Roston
Sara Sevigny
J. Tyler Whitmer