The Neo-Futurists

Erika Dufour
Artist / Program Description: 
The Neo-Futurists are best known for their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, the longest-running show in Chicago history. The Neo-Futurists are comprised of an incredibly productive group of artists who, since 1988, have created over 5,000 original two-minute plays, ordered over a 1,000 pizzas for sold-out houses, released three books and one CD of plays, toured across the U.S. and abroad, and produced over fifty full-length productions. This ensemble has also produced a successful two-year run of Too Much Light... in New York City. Nearly a quarter of a million people have seen their performances since 1988.

The Neo-Futurist ensemble performs Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which is an excellent selection for students. This show is an attempt to perform thirty plays in sixty minutes and, with its ever-changing "menu" of plays, can easily be adapted for any age-range. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty - actors always appear as themselves on stage, speaking directly from their personal experiences. Each short play is written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with twenty-nine other plays with high-energy audience participation.
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Performing artist/company/ensemble