March 2018 Links Hall and Walkabout Theater present THE BRINK! or NOBODY’S EVER KISSED ME LIKE THAT

In a cafe at the edge of the world, a group of wayward performers presentThe Brink!, an experimental cabaret in a time of unraveling. Musical, muscular, irreverent, and full of wonder, The Brink!… responds to that moment when the ground beneath us shifts too quickly, and the world suddenly seems unrecognizable. Drawing from American pop songs and jazz standards, the poetry of Gertrude Stein, and Ann Carson’s “The Gender of Sound,” the ensemble slides past the edge of reason in this unfettered encounter with the stranger inside.

Directed by Thom Pasculli

Co-created with the Walkabout ensemble

Nigel Brown, McCambridge Dowd-Whipple, Cooper Forsman, Dana Murphy, Katie Mazzini, and Alex Rodriguez


Walkabout Theater Company is a multidisciplinary ensemble of artists deeply committed to a unique practice of theater-making in Chicago. Walkabout produces three streams of programming: free outdoor phenomena focused on community engagement and unique artistic collaborations; world-premiere, touring performances created by the ensemble through our intensive laboratory practice; and performance training workshops investigating techniques of co-creation.

Walkabout’s site-specific work has included performances across Chicago in city parks, churches, public restrooms, laundromats, music clubs, and beaches. The company’s recent ensemble works have toured internationally and premiered in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Garage, Links Hall, and the Chicago Cultural Center. Walkabout has created international collaborations with support from the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the National Performance Network.

Radically process-oriented, Walkabout is distinguished by a deep investment in the creation of each ensemble project, in the personal and artistic development of each ensemble artist, and in the cultural and artistic advancement of ensemble practice. Walkabout’s performances are acclaimed for their raw energy, physical daring, visceral imagery, and challenging narrative forms.

The Brink! is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation and Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Links Hall in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, VoxFest/Dartmouth College, the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka, and NPN. For more information: