September 12 - 22, 2018

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

a WorldStage Production from Belgium
created & performed by Valentijn Dhaenens

★★★★ A must-see ... utterly unlike anything you will have seen before.

Chicago Tribune

Electrifying, transcendent...will render you speechless

Exeunt Magazine

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The Play

Smash hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Equipped with just nine microphones, his voice, and an indefatigable energy, Valentijn Dhaenens’ tour-de-force performance celebrates the power of words and language to change the course of history. Across 2,500 years of oration, he weaves together seminal speeches—spanning Socrates, Osama bin Laden, JFK, and Muhammad Ali. Audiences are immediately transported across the millennia by Dhaenens’ virtuosity, as he illuminates the tricks of rhetoric that have remained unchanged since the dawn of language.

BigMouth is presented as part of a series of three pioneering works that represent the next wave of boundary-pushing International theater—fueling a dynamic engagement between artist and audience.



Video: A tour-de-force performance 2,500 years in the making

Video: The power of words and language

Video: Three Boundary-Pushing Theatrical Events


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Critical Acclaim

Chicago Tribune raves, "★★★★ A must-see ... utterly unlike anything you will have seen before.”
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About the Company

SKaGeN has been producing highly successful plays in Flanders and the Netherlands since 2000.
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About the Creator

Valentijn Dhaenens co-founded SKaGeN after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Arts at the Hogeschool in Antwerp.
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The Players

Creative Team

Valentijn Dhaenens Director & Performer

Barbara de Laere Costume Design

Jeroen Wuyts Lighting Design

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