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The Storefront Project

About the Performances

Performance Schedules

Saturday, Sep 14 and Sunday, Sep 15

Noon and 3 pm, Program A at PROP

7 pm and 8 pm, Program B at MCA

Saturday, Sep 21 and Sunday, Sep 22

Noon and 3 pm, Program B at PROP

7 pm and 8 pm, Program A at MCA

Performance Key

Program A:

  • Sydney Chatman
  • Coya Paz

Denise Yvette Serna

Program B:

  • Lucky Stiff
  • Dado

April Cleveland with Mikael Burke


This performance has mature content and sexual situations. Please contact the MCA Box Office for additional information at [email protected] or by calling 312-397-4010.

For these performances, audiences move throughout the MCA and the Prop Thtr buildings and should be prepared to relocate multiple times to follow the action of the show. All pathways are accessible without using stairs and staff will be on hand to assist. If you have any questions or to request specific accommodations, please call the Box Office at 312-397-4010 or email [email protected].

Accessible Events


SUN, SEP 22, 8pm

ASL interpretation by Julikka LaChe and Veramarie Baldoza is provided for this performance.

What happens when you try to make a show from scratch, with no rulebook or script? What if you had to perform it in two completely different spaces, across the city, back to back?

The Storefront Project asks six Chicago-based directors to choose anything but a typical play and devise a new project, tailor-made for both the MCA Chicago and Prop Thtr. Dado Gyure, Lucky Stiff, Denise Yvette Serna, Coya Paz, Sydney Chatman, and Mikael Burke with April Cleveland demonstrate Chicago theater's uncanny ability to pop up anywhere and bring their performances to both spaces on alternate weekends. Behind-the-scenes footage of their rehearsal process at each venue will be on view during each performance to give you a peek into the ins and outs of devised theater.

This celebration of the city’s long traditions of storefront, underground, and devised theater is cocurated by MCA’s associate curator of performance Tara Aisha Willis with Olivia Lilley, the new artistic director of Chicago’s own Prop Thtr.

Weekend one features Program A at Prop Thtr and Program B at the MCA. Weekend two features Program B at Prop Thtr and Program A is at the MCA.

Post-Show Talk

  • SUN, SEP 15


Immediately following the 8 pm performance, join cocurators Tara Aisha Willis and Olivia Lilley in the Edlis Neeson Theater for a brief conversation with the artists.