E. Oks (Evan Okun) is a Chicago-based hip-hop artist, musician, and poet. He recently released the "Well Lit LP" - a metaphysical look at American culture through the seven chakras, and is in the middle of a six-part series with the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC. Evan has published three hip hop albums, competed in the National Collegiate Spoken Word Poetry Tournament, and runs a variety of writing workshops for youth ages ten to twenty. He is currently employed by Circles & Ciphers, a Chicago-based restorative justice group that works with court-involved youth through hip-hop.

In a freestyle rap show that infuses jazz and spoken word, E. Oks will be accompanied by a 4-piece band for Play Pretend, which confronts the habits that prevent us from exploration. We believe we know ourselves and pretend to know others but what happens when we stop to pay closer attention to the people and things around us? We are introduced to unpredictability that is displayed through a world of sound in this New York Premiere.

"Art = slithering your hand between folds in universe’s bedsheets."