Saturday Night I had a “Date Night” and decided to check out Octagon Live, written by activist and playwright Kristiana Rae Colón. Octagon is the winner of the 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award and the Dionysos Cup Festival of Work.
For this rendition of Octagon, local Chicago poets were invited to compete in a preliminary poetry slam that was judged by members of the audience.The second act incorporated written poems exploring “the lives of eight young poets struggling to navigate their lives on and off the stage”. Drinks and words were flowing and topics spanned the spectrum of relationships to political and everywhere in between. The DJ was on fire, and for 15 dollars I definitely got my money’s worth.