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Neo-Futurists' TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND to Celebrate 25th Anniversary


The Neo-Futurists celebrate 25 years of the longest running production in Chicago, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. To ring in this historic moment in Chicago theater history, come celebrate with your favorite writer/performer/director/laugh-inducer/thought-provokers. Events include their annual gala, The Neoccasion (where Neos past and present get spiffed up and spit shined) and T.M.L.M.T.B.G.B. - The Baby Returns To The Cradle, a special one-night show on the 25th Anniversary of T.M.L.'s first performance at the original location, featuring favorite personalities from the show's history.

The Neoccasion: 25th Anniversary Edition

Thursday November 7th, events start at 7:00 p.m.

The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Avenue

Tickets/information: Dan McArdle at 773-878-4557 or

Put on your fancy pants and head over to The Neoccasion: 25th Anniversary Edition, where Frontera caters and local breweries bring their crafted beers to toast the first 25 years of The Neo-Futurists, one of Chicago's most beloved theater companies and creators of the longest running show in Chicago, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind.

Reserve your tickets now for this overflowing evening, including an expansive craft beer tasting featuring Chicago's finest breweries, wine and cocktails, a catered menu prepared on-site courtesy of Frontera, free vintage photo-booth, original live performances, a 25th anniversary short film premiere and a TML-style live auction featuring a week-long trip to Cabo and a weekend stay at a private lake house in Sheboygan. All proceeds from the event directly support The Neo-Futurists and ensure their ability to continue creating honest and immediate theater that is accessible to everyone.


  • Catering courtesy of Frontera

  • Craft Beer courtesy of 5 Rabbit, Baderbrau, Begyle, Bottles & Cans, Dryhop, Goose Island, Half Acre, Haymarket, Lagunitas, Revolution and Strange Pelican

  • Vintage photo-booth courtesy of A&A Studios

Schedule for the evening

  • Sponsor Reception begins at 7:00 p.m. (features special tastings courtesy of Goose Island and Bottles & Cans)

  • General Reception begins at 8:00 p.m.

  • Program & Live Auction begin at 9:00 p.m.

Ticket/Sponsor Information

  • Tickets are available in sponsor package or individually, sponsor packages include access to sponsor reception with special reserve brews, wines and an additional hour of tasting

  • Individual tickets are $85.92 (a penny a play for the 8,592 World Premiere plays performed by The Neo-Futurists, including Too Much Light... and Prime Time productions since 1988)

Individual Reservations - $85.92

  • 1 ticket to The Neoccasion General Reception

Supporter Level Sponsor - $250

  • 2 tickets to The Neoccasion Sponsor & General Receptions

  • 2 tickets redeemable for any regular Neo-Futurist performance

Benefactor Level Sponsor - $1,000

  • 6 tickets to The Neoccasion Sponsor & General Receptions

  • Reserved cocktail table for the evening

  • 6 tickets redeemable for any regular Neo-Futurist performance

All ticket sales and contributions are tax-deductible less the value of any goods & services received (estimated at $25 per person attending).

T.M.L.M.T.B.G.B. - The Baby Returns To The Cradle

Monday, December 2nd at 8:00 p.m.

At Chicago Comics (formerly Stage Left Theatre) 3244 N. Clark Street

All tickets are $25; Advance tickets may be purchased via

25 tickets will be reserved for patrons purchasing the evening of the performance on a first-come first-served basis

On December 2, 1988, The Neo-Futurists debuted Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind at Stage Left Theatre, 3244 N. Clark Street. Twenty-five years later both troupes have moved on and the space has become a comic book store...but after more than 8,500 short plays and 60-plus ensemble members, T.M.L.M.T.B.G.B. is still going strong. To celebrate their silver anniversary, The Neos, with support from Chicago Comics, will deliver a one-night-only performance of plays from their flagship show in the original building where the show was born...written and performed by cast members spanning from the very first performance to the one that happened just last night.

Space is EXTREMELY limited and advance tickets are recommended, but in keeping with tradition, several tickets will only be available by lining up outside the door of Chicago Comics right before the show begins.

Patrons should anticipate standing for the duration of the performance, any questions about accessibility should be directed to The Neo-Futurists during normal business hours at 773-878-4557.

A partial cast-list of current and former Neo-Futurist ensemble members to perform, subject to change, includes:

Greg Allen, Jessica Anne, Brenda Arellano, Dave Awl, Andy Bayiates, Randy Burgess, Lisa Buscani, Kurt Chiang, Rachel Claff, Adrian Danzig, Bilal Dardai, Tif Harrison, Scott Hermes, Chloe Johnston, Dan Kerr-Hobert, Noelle Krimm, Megan Mercier, Lily Mooney, Phil Ridarelli, Sheri Reda, Kirsten Riiber, Mike Troccoli, Leah Urzendowski Courser, Dina Walters, Ryan Walters and Malic White.

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