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“……………………………………………………All the somethings in the world begin to sense their at-one-ness….when….something happens…..that reminds them of ………………………………..nothing”

Happening at the MCA Stage from Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, November 22, “Cage Unrequited” is a 25-hour marathon reading of experimental composer John Cage’s influential book “Silence: Lectures and Writings” (1961) organized by visual artist Pope.L. The performance reimagines the book for contemporary audiences by filtering a bit of the past through the voices and attitudes of a diverse community of more than 100 invited readers from Chicago.

Join 2nd Floor Rear alumni Betsy Zacsek + Juneer Kibria, Grace Needlman, the Society of Smallness (Georgina Valverde, Jack Gruszczynski, Perry Cowdery, Kevin Burrows, and Marcos Herrera), and 2nd Floor Rear Director Katie Waddell at Hume for an open rehearsal for “Cage Unrequited.”

The 2nd Floor Rear team will reimagine pages 163-166 of “Silence: Lectures and Writings” following rules devised during a series of collaborative workshops. Rehearsal audience members are welcome to watch, offer suggestions, participate, interfere, or ignore the performers altogether.

Here’s a breakdown of the schedule:

9 PM – Doors open at Hume

10 PM – 12 AM – 2nd Floor Rear performers rehearse

sometime between 12-2 AM – Hume closes; performers caravan to MCA

3:18-3:33 AM – 2nd Floor Rear performers take the stage at the MCA

Learn more about “Cage Unrequited” here: https://mcachicago.org/Calendar/2015/11/MCA-Live-William-Pope-L-Cage-Unrequited

Learn more about 2nd Floor Rear here: http://2ndfloorrear.org/