Photo Flash: The Neo-Futurists Present THE INFINITE WRENCH

The Neo-Futurists present The Infinite Wrench, their all-new production in an open run at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. The ever-changing performance happens every Friday and Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., excluding December 15 - 24. The running time is 60 minutes. Tickets are available at the door, cash only, for $9 plus the roll of one six-sided die ($10-$15) with advance tickets available online at $20 with a $1-$6 cash rollback. For advance tickets or more information, visit neofuturists.org or call the box office at 773.878.4557.

Since 1988, the Ensemble has experimented within the Neo-Futurist aesthetic and will soon reach the milestone of creating 10,000 original plays, having always stayed true to and experimented within the Neo-Futurist aesthetic. The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of these two-minute plays for a live audience. Each week, these short blasts of theater offer something different for that audience-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying or put to song. Each piece is truthful and tackles the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers who write the work themselves. The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater. Created after a month of previews that investigated an array of elements and structures around the plays, The Neo-Futurists continue to collaborate with the New York Neo-Futurists and San Francisco Neo-Futurists on the best way to present short theater with urgency and spontaneity.

The company of writer-director-performers includes Kurt Chiang, Ida Cuttler, Trevor Dawkins, Tif Harrison, Nick Hart, Dan Kerr-Hobert, Jeewon Kim, Lily Mooney, Kirsten Riiber, Leah Urzendowski and Malic White.

The Infinite Wrench
Created and Written by The Neo-Futurist Ensemble

All performances Fridays and Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.; Sundays at 7 p.m., December 15 - 24
Best of performances December 1 - 10
Tickets at the door: Cash only, $9 plus the roll of one six-sided die ($10-15)
Advance tickets: $20 with a $1-6 cash rollback; tickets online at www.neofuturists.org

Upcoming Special Events at The Infinite Wrench

An Open House and The Annual Pride Weekend Benefit Performance

The Infinite Wrench: An Open House
Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
In celebration of the audiences and supporters that made The Infinite Wrench's March launch possible, The Neo-Futurists invite their community over for a night of Chicago's best experimental theatre and favorite brews from Metropolitan Brewery. The Infinite Wrench has performances 50 weekends a year, but this Sunday's performance will be followed by a short reception to toast the community of theatergoers, city institutions, local organizations, neighbors, and students, that make a never-ending show run.

The Infinite Wrench presents 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes
Special Benefit Performance: Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 with no cash rollback
Regularly Scheduled Pride-Themed Performances: Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 25 at 7 p.m.
The Neo-Futurists present their annual Pride Weekend benefit: 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes, a special edition of The Infinite Wrench that corrals the queerest plays into one show that slays gender roles, celebrates deviance and sends all proceeds to benefit a local LGBTQ organization.

For advance tickets or more information, visit www.neofuturists.org or call the box office at 773.878.4557.

ABOUT THE NEO-FUTURISTS

The Neo-Futurists are a collective of writer-director-performers creating theater that is fusion of sport, poetry and living-newspaper. Creating nearly 10,000 plays within the newly launched The Infinite Wrench, 28 years of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and over 65 full-length productions within their immediate, non-illusory aesthetic, The Neo-Futurists have grown to become one of the most highly regarded experimental theater companies in the United States. From humble beginnings as the first late-night theater production in Chicago, they launched what became Chicago's longest running show and today sustain multifaceted programs such as Neo-Access, The Kitchen (a micro-festival on art and performance), Prime Time, Neo-Lab and The Infinite Wrench, the ongoing late night show running 50 weekends every year.

The Neo-Futurists present The Infinite Wrench, their all-new production in an open run at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. The ever-changing performance happens every Friday and Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., excluding December 15 - 24. The running time is 60 minutes. Tickets are available at the door, cash only, for $9 plus the roll of one six-sided die ($10-$15) with advance tickets available online at $20 with a $1-$6 cash rollback. For advance tickets or more information, visit neofuturists.org or call the box office at 773.878.4557.

The Neo-Futurists are partially supported by grants from Alphawood Foundation Chicago, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Network for Ensemble Theaters, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The Chicago Community Foundation, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Field Foundation of Illinois, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo Credit: Evan Hanover



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