what to expect

  • live theater performance
  • chair seating
  • light refreshments available
  • guided discussion immediately following the performance to engage the audience in their personal experiences of the play

Joe is a performer and director with NY’s legendary improv group Chicago City Limits and was a founding member of Unexpected Company, an improv-comedy group that held regular runs off-Broadway. He also co-founded, performed with and wrote for the sketch comedy groups, Bitter Harmless People and Rent This Space. TV credits include Nickelodeon and Live! With Regis and Kelly. Joe has been featured at both the Aspen and Toyota Comedy festivals. You can also find him featured in the mockumentary film, Hacks (with Jim Gaffigan). On the dramatic stage, he played the lead role as an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse in Lemon Meringue at The Barrow Group Theater. He teaches improvisation in and around NYC and has performed and led workshops for countless corporate events. In addition, Joe has developed a series of workshops using improvisational techniques and theater exercises to aid in meditation and spiritual growth, and has been holding sessions at ashrams and retreats from New York to India.


A dramatic reading of a one-act play by Joe DeGise II

date – saturday, february 17

time – 6:45 – 9:00pm

location – the bhakti center / theatre, room 2w

admission – free of charge

The Dance is a one-act play written by Joe DeGise II. This will not be a performance but rather a live, dramatic reading of the play. Trapped in a single room, four disparate people don’t know how they got there or how to get out. Talk of God, duty and the meaning of life abound as they try to figure out what exactly is going on. Think you’ve seen this before? Think again. The ending just might surprise you.

Light refreshments will be available. Immediately following the play there will be a talkback session, where audience members are encouraged to offer their reactions and opinions about the positives and negatives of the play.

Written and directed by Joe DeGise II


– James Thomas
– William Fulton
– Manjari Gopika
– Akiko Hiroshima