June 1 – 11

June 1-11, 2023
Thursday-Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 4pm & 7:30pm
The Edge Theater

5451 N. Broadway Street, Chicago

A unique multi-arts experience about cultural memory and hidden histories. The Memory Place uplifts collective memories from groups that have too often been left out of the public narrative about our collective past. Come share in powerful stories, celebratory dance, music and interactive events that bring us together as a vibrant community.

The Memory Place takes place as a promenade performance, moving through the space at the Edge Theater as if in a gallery setting. The separate performances are linked together with interactive experiences and opportunities for audiences to reflect on their own past and how it ties to the present, and future.

*Please note: all Sunday 4pm performances are mask-required.


Marisel Vera & Alyssa Vera Ramos
Celebrated writer Marisel Vera (Taste of Sugar) and her daughter, director Alyssa Vera Ramos, present You Can’t Cover the Sky with Your Hand, incorporating Afro Puerto Rican bomba music with theater to uplift stories of Puerto Rican women. Performed by Christopher Acevedo, Nydia Castillo, Alyssa Corrigan, NK Gutiérrez and Ana Santos. Music created by Ivelisse Díaz with Jonathan Pacheco.

IS/LAND, an Asian-American-Pacific-Islander collective, offer Invisible Embrace, a dance/sound piece on Japanese internment camps with sound installation by Joo Won Park. Sound and visual design by Chien-AnYuan. Performed by Tuli Bera, Catherine Hepler, Olivia Lemmenes, J Amber Kao, S Jean Lee, Kara Brody, and Helen Lee.

Tap dancer and choreographer Davon Suttles explores queer relationships and religion in Past the Heavens, told through original gospel music, tap dance, and mixed media.

Lucky Stiff
Trans and nonbinary director, writer, and performer Lucky Stiff performs Jesu Maria, an archaeological journey of identity and gender exploration inspired by Joan of Arc’s rallying cry.

Wojtek  Ziemilski
Celebrated Polish director Wojtek Ziemilski, based in Warsaw, presents The Grounds, a video exploration of his apartment building and the histories that lie beneath the surface.

Production Team:
Conceived, Produced and Curated by Julieanne Ehre and Eli Newell.
Daniel Etti-Williams, Sound Design; Connor Sale, Lighting Design;
Matthew York, Scenic Design; Andrew Ashley Alexander, Production Stage Manager; August Tiemeyer, Assistant Lighting Design and Production Assistant.

As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, Pivot Arts hosts a fundraiser event on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the newly renovated, historic Bridgeview Bank Building in Uptown. Come party with us, meet artists and enjoy food, drinks and silent auction! BUY TICKETS.

On Tuesday, June 6 at 6 p.m., popular urban historian and social media sensation, Shermann “Dilla” Thomas, will lead a bus tour of Edgewater and Uptown. Come learn about the fascinating history of these neighborhoods from a local celebrity. The Chicago Mahogany bus will depart from the far north side of St. Ida’s parking lot at 5520 N. Broadway. If you are driving to the event, the church has asked that patrons do not park in their parking lot. The bus will return and unload in the same location. BUY TICKETS.

On Saturday, June 10 at 5 p.m., director/writer Faith Hart presents Maintenance, a site-specific walking tour and narrative experience centering the untold stories and labor of sanitation workers. This performance examines the very notion of disposability, spurring consciousness around our responsibility for the waste we create and those who maintain it. BUY TICKETS.

We are raising funds to make The Memory Place possible. Please visit our support page to donate for artist fees and production expenses. It truly makes a difference… Thank you for your support!