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Kraine Theatre (New York, NY)
85 E. 4th St.

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1 hour, with no intermission

Fridays: 10:30pm
Saturdays: 10:30pm

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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes -- an original concept by Greg Allen and the Neo-Futurists. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. We always appear as ourselves on stage, speaking directly from our personal experiences. Each short play is written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with twenty-nine other plays through high energy audience participation. Each week, these plays shift as ensemble members add new plays to the existing body of work. Each night of performance, we aim to create an unreproducable living newspaper of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental.

Neo-Futurism is a new approach to performance which advocates the complete awareness and inclusion of the actual world within the theater in order to achieve a goal: to bring people to a greater understanding of themselves and each other. Rather than upholding contemporary theatrical conventions of character, setting, plot, and the separation of audience and performer, Neo-Futurism aims to present actual life on stage by creating a world in the theater which has no pretense or illusion.
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The Neo-Futurists to Open Season with TANGLES & PLAQUES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

The Neo-Futurists present Ensemble Member Kirsten Riiber's Tangles & Plaques, October 12 - November 18, directed by Artistic Associate Jen Ellison at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland (at Foster) in Andersonville. (more...)

Gadabout Theatre Company Presents Nashville Premiere of TREVOR October 11 & 12
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 19, 2017

Our goal to bring unique, left-of-center plays to the Nashville area that have never been performed here before, said Stephanie Houghton, founder of Gadabout Theater Company. Trevor is a truly unique work with a quirky sensibility that's surprisingly touching in places. We hope Nashville theatergoers will take a chance on experiencing something they're never seen here before. (more...)

New York Neo-Futurists to Stage NY Premiere of HAPPY TO SEE YOU
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists have announced the New York premiere of Happy To See You, created and directed by Cara Francis. It will run at The Collapsable Hole in October. (more...)

The Neo-Futurists to Premiere SATURN RETURNS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

The Neo-Futurists are proud to present the world premiere of Neo-Futurist Ensemble Member Tif Harrison's Saturn Returns, A Neo-Lab production, supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, October 13 - November 19, at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland.  (more...)

Celebrate Halloween with the Neo-Futurists at TOO MUCH FRIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2016

The Neo-Futurists creep into fall with a chilling Halloween performance of Too Much Fright Makes The Baby Go Blind, 30 plays in 60 minutes, written and performed by The Neo-Futurists, curated by Trevor Dawkins, on Sunday, Oct. 30; doors open at 10 p.m., performance begins at 10:30p.m. This Halloween spin on the long-running sensation Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is performed at the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets are $20 and advanced reservations and costumes are strongly encouraged! For tickets and information visit neofuturists.org or call 773-275-5255.  (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 10/30/2016
by BWW - Oct 30, 2016

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by BWW - Oct 23, 2016

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by BWW - Oct 16, 2016

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The Neo-Futurists to Premiere SATURN RETURNS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

The Neo-Futurists are proud to present the world premiere of Neo-Futurist Ensemble Member Tif Harrison's Saturn Returns, A Neo-Lab production, supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, October 13 - November 19, at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland.  (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 11/06/2016
by BWW - Nov 6, 2016

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End-of-2016 Workshops, New Year's Eve Celebration & More Coming Up at The Neo-Futurists
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

The Neo-Futurists race towards 2017 with a bounty of end-of-year programming, including lab performances of The Arrow,  the first public showings of The Infinite Whale and Neo-Lab's second resident production Tangles & Plaques, two weekends of The Best Too Much Light… plays from 2016 and a New Year's Eve party and performance to fill the final 60 minutes of 2016 with a thrilling sprint to the finish and a champagne toast.   (more...)

Photo Flash: The Ruffians' BURNING BLUEBEARD Returns This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

The Ruffians are thrilled to announce the return of their critically acclaimed holiday hit, BURNING BLUEBEARD for three performances only, December 16, 17 & 18, 2016.  The fantastical tale inspired by Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre celebrates the fifth anniversary of its creation at the theater where it was born, The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at brownpapertickets.com.   (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 11/20/2016
by BWW - Nov 20, 2016

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End-of-2016 Workshops, New Year's Eve Celebration & More Coming Up at The Neo-Futurists
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

The Neo-Futurists race towards 2017 with a bounty of end-of-year programming, including lab performances of The Arrow,  the first public showings of The Infinite Whale and Neo-Lab's second resident production Tangles & Plaques, two weekends of The Best Too Much Light… plays from 2016 and a New Year's Eve party and performance to fill the final 60 minutes of 2016 with a thrilling sprint to the finish and a champagne toast.   (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Denver - Week of 11/13/2016
by BWW - Nov 13, 2016

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THE ARROW TAKES A LEAP, THE? UNICORN? HOUR? Extends and More at The Neo-Futurists This Spring
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

The Neo-Futurists announce spring happenings at The Neo-Futurarium with added Sunday performances from Kurt Chiang and Lily Mooney's The Arrow, an extension of the critically acclaimed Prime Time production of Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser's The? Unicorn? Hour? and special presentations of the ongoing The Infinite Wrench at Steppenwolf's Summer LookOut Series and during Pride Week. All performances are at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. (at Foster) in Andersonville, unless otherwise noted. (more...)

Neo-Futurists Announce Final Workshop presentation of TANGLES & PLAQUES
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

The Neo-Futurists are proud to announce, in addition to a new HVAC system at The Neo-Futurarium, a special pre-season showing of Ensemble Member Kirsten Riiber's Neo-Lab production Tangles and Plaques, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. In addition, June offers presentations of the ongoing The Infinite Wrench at Steppenwolf's Summer LookOut Series, Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 at 7 p.m. and during Pride Week, June 22 - 25. All performances are at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. (at Foster) in Andersonville, unless otherwise noted. (more...)

The Neo-Fututurists Announce Next Month's Line-up
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2017

 The Neo-Futurists are proud to announce, in addition to a new HVAC system at The Neo-Futurarium, a special pre-season showing of Ensemble Member Kirsten Riiber's Neo-Lab production Tangles and Plaques, Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Comedian Desiree Burch Joins the Cast of THIS JOINT IS JUMPIN'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2017

Comedian, actor, writer and storyteller Desiree Burch is joining New York's hottest jazz musicians and tap dancers for the world premiere of This Joint is Jumpin', a red-hot 1920's Harlem rent party celebration of jazz icon Fats Waller's life and music, at The Other Palace Studio from 4 - 15 April. (more...)

New York Neo-Futurists to Offer 'Fundamentals' Workshop This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists will share a little of their well earned wisdom this summer when they offer the workshop, Level One: Function and Fundamentals. The workshop that has served as a stepping stone to fifteen would-be Neo-Futurists is a twelve hour workshop that stretches over three Saturdays beginning July 22nd and wrapping up August 5th, all taking place at Playwrights Rehearsal Studios. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Neo-Futurists Premiere Dan Kerr-Hobert's THE FOOD SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

The Neo-Futurists present Ensemble Member Dan Kerr-Hobert's The Food Show, partnering with Metropolitan Brewing to bring the site-specific world premiere to the brewery's new Avondale location, 3057 N. Rockwell, July 27 - September 2. Previews are Thursday, July 27 - Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m., with opening night Monday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. Performances run Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices for previews and Thursdays are pay what you can; for the regular run, tickets are $10-25. Tickets and information are available at neofuturists.org or 773.275.5255. (more...)

New York Neo-Futurists to Present THE INFINITE PRIDE at The Kraine Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists have announced THE INFINITE PRIDE, a special edition of their late-night show THE INFINITE WRENCH in honor of Pride Month. This June, The New York Neo-Futurists bring The Infinite Pride back for its tenth consecutive year of celebrating queer culture, politics, and relationships. The shows will be presented at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003) on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th at 10:30pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Neo-Futurists' THE FOOD SHOW Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

The Neo-Futurists present Ensemble Member Dan Kerr-Hobert's The Food Show, partnering with Metropolitan Brewing's new Avondale, location venue: 3031 N. Rockwell, July 27 - September 2. Previews are Thursday, July 27 - Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m., with opening night Monday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. Performances run Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices for previews and Thursdays are pay what you can; for the regular run, tickets are $10-25. Tickets and information are available at neofuturists.org or 773.275.5255. (more...)

The Neo-Futurists Welcome New Ensemble Members, Approach 10,000 Plays
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

The Neo-Futurists welcome five new members to the Ensemble: Neil Bhandari, Trent Creswell, Joanna Jamerson, Jasmine Henri Jordan and Connor Shioshita Pickett. These new writer-director-performers are the first ensemble members to join the company since The Neo-Futurists launched their new late-night show The Infinite Wrench March 3, 2017. (more...)

Lewis University Heritage Theatre Company to Hold Auditions for TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Having opened in 1988 and played its final performance in December 2016 as the longest-running show in Chicago history, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind by Greg Allen is an ensemble improvisation in presenting '30 Plays in 60 Minutes.' Each two-minute play is performed in random order with an interactive audience. An onstage 60-minute timer keeps everyone honest. The collection of plays includes comic, tragic, political, personal, and abstract plays that everyone will enjoy. (more...)

Northlight Theatre Continues 2016-17 Season with World Premiere of FACELESS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the World Premiere of Faceless, written by Selina Fillinger and directed by BJ Jones.  Faceless runs January 26 - March 4, 2017 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is scheduled for Friday, February 3 at 8 pm. (more...)

Neo-Futurists in New York, Chicago & San Francisco Unite with New Project
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists (NYNF) in conjunction with Chicago and San Francisco recently announced they will launch a new show at each of their companies. (more...)

New York Neo-Futurists to Conduct Theatrical Experiment with THE GREAT AMERICAN DRAMA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

The New York Neo-Futurists will present their full-length experiment, The Great American Drama at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre/ A.R.T. New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street).  The Great American Drama is created by Connor Sampson and written by Connor Sampson, Nicole Hill, Dan McCoy & Katy-May Hudson, with Direction and Dramaturgy by Greg Taubman.  (more...)

New York Neo-Futurists Conduct Theatrical Experiment with THE GREAT AMERICAN DRAMA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

The New York Neo-Futurists will present their full-length experiment, The Great American Drama at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre/ A.R.T. New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street).  The Great American Drama is created by Connor Sampson and written by Connor Sampson, Nicole Hill, Dan McCoy & Katy-May Hudson, with Direction and Dramaturgy by Greg Taubman.  (more...)

American Theater Company Packs Its Basket with Talent for PICNIC This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

American Theater Company (ATC) continues its Season 32 with William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning Picnic. (more...)

Photo Flash: Northlight Theatre Company presents FACELESS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

irector Timothy J. Evans, presents the World Premiere of Faceless, written by Selina Fillinger and directed by BJ Jones. Faceless runs January 26 - March 4, 2017 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is scheduled for Friday, February 3 at 8 pm. (more...)

light Theatre Continues 2016-17 Season with World Premiere of FACELESS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the World Premiere of Faceless, written by Selina Fillinger and directed by BJ Jones.  Faceless runs January 26 - March 4, 2017 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie. The press opening is scheduled for Today, February 3 at 8 pm. (more...)

The Neo-Futurists to Premiere THE? UNICORN? HOUR?
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The Neo-Futurists will present a world premiere created and performed by Leah Urzendowski* and Anthony Courser The? Unicorn? Hour?, directed by Adrian Danzig, April 6  - May 13, at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 12/31/2016
by - Dec 31, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 12/31/2016. (more...)

'TOO MUCH LIGHT...' Will End After 28 Years in Chicago as Creator Pulls Rights
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2016

Greg Allen christened The Neo-Futurists with the opening of his show 'Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind' - an ongoing experiment in performing '30 Plays in 60 Minutes' - on December 2nd, 1988, during the last lame days of the Reagan administration. Continuing its run in Chicago 50 weeks per year, it became the longest-running show in Chicago history. After 28 years, that run will come to a close on December 31st, 2016. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 28, 2016
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BWW's On This Day - December 26, 2016
by - Dec 26, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 26 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 25, 2016
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 25 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 24, 2016
by - Dec 24, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 24 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 12/24/2016
by - Dec 24, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 12/24/2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Ruffians' BURNING BLUEBEARD Returns This December
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

The Ruffians are thrilled to announce the return of their critically acclaimed holiday hit, BURNING BLUEBEARD for three performances only, December 16, 17 & 18, 2016.  The fantastical tale inspired by Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre celebrates the fifth anniversary of its creation at the theater where it was born, The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at brownpapertickets.com.   (more...)

New York Neo Futurist to Present THE GREAT AMERICAN DRAMA this January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

The New York Neo-Futurists will present their full-length experiment, The Great American Drama at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre/ A.R.T. New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street).   (more...)

Neo-Futurists in New York, Chicago & San Francisco to Unite with New Project
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists (NYNF) in conjunction with Chicago and San Francisco announced Monday they will launch a new show at each of their companies. (more...)

'TOO MUCH LIGHT...' Will End After 28 Years in Chicago as Creator Pulls Rights
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Greg Allen christened The Neo-Futurists with the opening of his show 'Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind' - an ongoing experiment in performing '30 Plays in 60 Minutes' - on December 2nd, 1988, during the last lame days of the Reagan administration. Continuing its run in Chicago 50 weeks per year, it became the longest-running show in Chicago history. After 28 years, that run will come to a close on December 31st, 2016. (more...)

The Neo-Futurists to Round Out 2016 with Special Events, Parties
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

The Neo-Futurists race towards 2017 with a bounty of end-of-year programming, including lab performances of The Arrow, the first public showings of The Infinite Whale and Neo-Lab's second resident production Tangles & Plaques, two weekends of The Best Too Much Light... plays from 2016 and a New Year's Eve party and performance to fill the final 60 minutes of 2016 with a thrilling sprint to the finish and a champagne toast. (more...)

Taylor Mac's HIR Rounds Out Woolly Mammoth's 37th Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company announces the final production of its 37th Season, Hir, by playwright Taylor Mac, directed by Shana Cooper. Hir will run May 22-June 18, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Neo-Futurists Present THE INFINITE WRENCH
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

The Neo-Futurists present The Infinite Wrench, their all-new production in an open run at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. (more...)

Primary Stages to Present Reading of Connor Sampson's PARADING THE NOOSE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

Primary Stages has announced a reading of PARADING THE NOOSE, a new play by Connor Sampson, the recipient of the inaugural Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award, established by Jeffry Melnick and administrated by Primary Stages. (more...)

Graham Rowat, Mortimer Brewster and More Sign on for BTG's 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Berkshire Theatre Group announces additional casting for BTG's 2017 Summer Season, including Broadway actor, Graham Rowat (most recently featured in the Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard) as Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Neo-Futurists' present World Premiere of THE UNICORN HOUR
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

The Neo-Futurists are proud to present a world premiere created and performed by Leah Urzendowski* and Anthony Courser The? Unicorn? Hour?, directed by Adrian Danzig, April 6  - May 13, at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. Previews are Thursday, April 6 - Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. with opening night Monday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Performances run Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices for previews and Thursdays are pay what you can; for the regular run, tickets are $10-25. Tickets and information are available at neofuturists.org or 773.275.5255. (more...)

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