The Neo-Futurists to Bring Free TML Performances to Chicago Parks
For the second year in a row, The Neo-Futurists bring their signature show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind to the lower West side and South Shore communities. As part of the city's Night Out in the Parks program, Too Much Light... first heads to Harrison Park, 1824 S. Wood St. for 7:00 p.m. shows on August 20 and 21. This fall, the show heads to the Don Nash Community Center at 1833 E. 71st St. for shows on October 2 at 6:00 p.m. and October 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Last year's appearance at Dvorak Park was extremely successful with hundreds of attendees filling the house. While this is their second year with the Night Out in the Parks program, The Neo-Futurists have been performing in various parks spaces since 1997. Neo-Futurist Artistic Director, Kurt Chiang states, "The show at Dvorak last year was really fun and the crowd was super generous as an audience. It felt like a good fit, which makes sense because Neo-Futurism is all about acknowledging the space and the people. We didn't need to bring a rotating, mechanical smokestack, or anything like that. Just ourselves and some plays we knew people would like. And four buckets of bouncy balls."
The Neo-Futurists' signature show, performed since 1988, is the longest-running production in Chicago history. Too Much Light... is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. Each week the ensemble adds between two and twelve new plays to the menu. Every performance creates an inimitable, living-newspaper collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental.
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays In 60 Minutes
August 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m., Harrison Park, 1824 S. Wood St.
October 2 at 6:00 p.m. and October 3 at 2:00 p.m., Don Nash Community Center, 1833 E. 71st St.
Doors open a half hour before show time
More information can be found at chicagoparkdistrict.com or by downloading the My Chi Parks app.
Bonus Teen Workshops!!
Neo-Futurist ensemble members are teaching writing and performance workshops for teens in both parks around the time of each performance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.878.4557 for more information on how to sign up for these free classes which explore the process of writing personal, short plays for performance.