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Created & performed by UNIVERSES
Unexpectedly Resonant
Redefining what theater is and who it speaks to, Live from the Edge is a unique performance event that tracks the evolution of language from childhood rhymes and community rituals to poetry and theater, hip-hop, gospel, Latin jazz, and down-home blues.

October 9 through 31, 2021

Preview the program here!


Chris Mansa
Asia Mark
Nate Mark
NSangou Njikam
Sophia Ramos
Mildred Ruiz Sapp
Steven Sapp 


Tickets start at $29 and are available now.

Join us for Pick-Your-Price previews from October 9 – 14. Tickets are limited.


VACCINATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Guests will need to be fully vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the Theatre with their valid ticket.

“Fully vaccinated” means on the day of the performance date as shown on the valid ticket, a guest is:

at least 14 days after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or
at least 14 days after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine .

Proof of vaccination must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination. Guests may display proof on a smartphone or present a physical copy. Digital Vaccination Passport Apps are also acceptable.

The only exceptions are:

guests under the age of 12, who must be accompanied by an adult that meets our venue’s vaccination requirements; or
guests who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical exception or a sincerely held religious belief

For guests who are not able to be vaccinated for one of the reasons listed above, they must provide proof one of the following instead of evidence of vaccination:

negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time, or
negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time.

Entry will be denied for guests who do not provide the documentation as required above.

All staff and patrons will also be required to wear masks while indoors at City Theatre.

These policies are in place through at least November 30, 2021.


Celebrating its 25th yearUNIVERSES is a National Theater Company of Color dedicated to the creation, development, production, touring, community engagement, and educational dissemination of new theatrical and performance works for stage and screen. It supports artists within and outside of its core company to foster artistic excellence in the American Theater. Its core company consists of a revolving and evolving set of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse Poetry, Theater, Music, and Dance to bring American voices to life through moving, challenging and entertaining theatrical works. Led by its Founders/Artistic Directors, Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, the core group of writers breaks the bounds of traditional theatre; building on UNIVERSES’ aesthetic and unique brand to invite/challenge old and new generations of theater crafters as well as theatergoers and newcomers to envision a new American Theater. 
Founded in The Bronx, New York in 1995, the original members of UNIVERSES came together in the urban poetry and music scene of the late 1990s; moving through the “downtown” performance scene to build a home for themselves nationally. They have taken their original pieces around the world, electrifying crowds and sparking conversation about just what it means to be an ‘American’, right here and right now.