The Edge of Our Bodies

October 22 - November 20, 2011 in the Dowling Studio

The reviews are in!

Ali Rose Dachis gives the kind of performance in "The Edge of Our Bodies" that can be a career touchstone. ... Dachis' extraordinary turn and the pleasures of the text make me want to go to this "Edge" again.
~ Star Tribune

I would not hesitate to recommend The Edge Of Our Bodies: Ali Rose Dachis's work is easily worth the admission price. An actor to watch.

(This) Guthrie production is well-served by Dachis's focused, often riveting performance and by Benjamin McGovern's dextrous direction. The play has much more texture than the average one-person show.
~ T.C. Daily Planet

It's a bitter winter night when 16-year-old Bernadette, an aspiring short story writer, boards a train to New York City carrying her notebook and important news for her boyfriend. What follows is a searing and poetic coming-of-age story as Bernadette intimately shares her encounters along the way and the devastating result of her visit, a journey punctuated by both a need to be heard and an aching desire to disappear.

Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp, one of America's most prolific young authors whose credits include HBO's "In Treatment," the film Winter Passing, and productions at Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop and Steppenwolf Theatre, this shockingly articulate piece was praised by The New York Times for its "striking imagery" and "elegant prose." Ali Rose Dachis, a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Acting Training Program who enjoyed her Guthrie debut in the acclaimed production of Circle Mirror Transformation, reunites with director Benjamin McGovern to play Bernadette in this startling portrayal of a young woman emerging into adulthood.
Run time: 1 hr 20 minutes with no intermission.

This production contains strong language and mature themes.


Ali Rose Dachis
              Maintenance Man
Steve Sweere


Artistic Staff

Benjamin McGovern
Set Designer
Michael Hoover
Costume Designer
Christine A. Richardson
Lighting Designer
Ryan Connealy
Sound Designer
C. Andrew Mayer
Vocal Consultant
Lucinda Holshue
Stage Manager
Tree O'Halloran
          Production Assistant
Sarah Howell
Assistant Director
Cristina Castro


Learn more

The Edge of Our Bodies Play Guide created by the Guthrie Theater
In Depth: The Edge of Our Seats | by Quinton Skinner


photo of Ali Rose Dachis as Bernadette in The Edge of Our Bodies
photo of Ali Rose Dachis as Bernadette in The Edge of Our Bodies
photo of Ali Rose Dachis as Bernadette in The Edge of Our Bodies
production photos by Heidi Bohnenkamp



In print

Star Tribune: "New Guthrie star growing up fast"
by Rohan Preston. Profile of The Edge of Our Bodies star Ali Rose Dachis.


Programming in the Dowling Studio is sponsored by Travelers and Digital River.