Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind

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.

Schedule

Running Time: 1 hour, with no intermission

Kraine Theatre

(New York, NY)
85 E. 4th St.
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018
UnTheatre Co returns for its second season, presenting Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.  Slipstream Theatre Initiative to host the first October 12-November 3.  Performances run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm located at 460 Hilton Rd, Ferndale 48220. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 plus the resulting number of the roll of a 6-sided die, or online for $21 with the resulting number of the roll of a 6-sided die being returned to you at the door. For further information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.untheatreco.org or call 313-444-0652.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018
The New York Neo-Futurists Gala comes to The French Institute on October 29th, from 7pm-10:30pm. The award-winning downtown theater's annual fundraiser will feature entertainment, silent & live auctions, catered small plates, and an open bar of designer cocktails.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018
The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists will share a little of their well earned wisdom this summer when they offer the workshop, Level Up Your Storytelling: Metaphor, Spectacle, and Discovery. Our workshops have served as a stepping stone to fifteen would-be-Neo-Futurists. This workshop is a twelve hour workshop that stretches over three Saturdays beginning October 6th and wrapping up October 20th; all taking place at Playwrights Rehearsal Studios.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017
UnTheatre Co. kicks off its first run of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes, opening October 6 and running through October 21.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018
Hillsborough Community College's Theatre Department presents Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind from Thursday, November 1st to Sunday, Nov 4th in the Ybor City Campus Studio Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2017
The Neo-Futurists' The Infinite Wrench, their open-run production at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., reached a milestone Friday, Sept. 29. At the 11:30 p.m. performance, the ensemble wrote and performed the 10,000th premiere in their ongoing show featuring short plays in a race against the clock.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 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. Previews are Thursday, Oct. 12 Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m., with opening night Monday, Oct. 16 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.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018
To celebrate Halloween, the award-winning New York Neo-Futurists are pleased to announce THE INFINITE FRIGHT, a special edition of their weekly late-night show,
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 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.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 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 this month.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 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.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2017
The Neo-Futurists' The Infinite Wrench, their open-run production at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., reached a milestone Friday, Sept. 29. At the 11:30 p.m. performance, the ensemble wrote and performed the 10,000th premiere in their ongoing show featuring short plays in a race against the clock.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2017
Go. Following sold-out crowds during its October run, UnTheatre Co. kicks off its second run of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes, opening January 5 and running through January 20, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2018
The Neo-Futurists present Ensemble Member Lily Mooney's Empty Threats, directed by Krissy Vanderwarker, in her directorial debut with The Neo-Futurists, playing at 5153 N. Ashland Ave., June 7 - July 14. Previews are Thursday, June 7 - Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m., with opening night Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. The running time is currently 90 minutes. 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.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2018
Arena Stage announces the full cast and creative team for Dave. By Thomas Meehan, Nell Benjaminand Tom Kitt, Dave is inspired by the Academy Award-nominated American political comedy film.
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2018
UnTheatre Co makes Hamtramck its home for the last run of their first season, presenting Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Planet Ant, June 8th-23rd. Performances will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and will take place at Planet Ant Black Box, located at 2357 Caniff St. in Hamtramck. There will be one late-night performance of crowd favorite the Durrty 30 on Saturday, June 16th at 11pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 plus the resulting number of the roll of a 6-sided die, or online for $21 with the resulting number of the roll of a 6-sided die being returned to you at the door. For further information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.untheatreco.org or call 313-444-0652.
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2019
UnTheatre Co finishes up its second season, presenting Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Matrix Theatre Company in Detroit.  Performances run on Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm at 2730 Bagley St, Detroit 48216.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2018
THE AWARD-WINNING NEW YORK NEO-FUTURISTS (NYNF), now in their 14th Season, are pleased to announce the world premiere production of Rob Neill's WIND-UP VARIATIONS, their 21st MainStage production. WIND-UP VARIATIONS will play a limited engagement at The Kraine Theatre (85 East 4th Street, NYC). Performances begin Thursday, April 19 and continue through Saturday, May 12.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2018
Complete casting has been announced for Charles Busch's return to Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director) in his uproarious new comedy The Confession of Lily Dare, directed by Busch's longtime collaborator Carl Andress (The Tribute Artist, Judith of Bethulia, The Divine Sister).
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2018
UnTheatre Co makes Hamtramck its home for the last run of their first season, presenting Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Planet Ant, June 8th-23rd. Performances will run todays and Saturdays at 8pm and will take place at Planet Ant Black Box, located at 2357 Caniff St. in Hamtramck. There will be one late-night performance of crowd favorite the Durrty 30 on Saturday, June 16th at 11pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 plus the resulting number of the roll of a 6-sided die, or online for $21 with the resulting number of the roll of a 6-sided die being returned to you at the door. For further information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.untheatreco.org or call 313-444-0652.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists are pleased to announce THE INFINITE PRIDE, a special edition of their late-night show THE INFINITE WRENCH in honor of Pride Month. This year: the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, The New York Neo-Futurists bring The Infinite Pride back for its twelfth 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 28th and Saturday, June 29th at 10:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2018
The Neo-Futurists are proud to announce the return of The Infinite Wrench: 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes, playing at 5153 N. Ashland Ave., June 21 - 24, with a benefit performance for Brave Space Alliance, Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. and additional performances Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 22 at 7 p.m.  Tickets for the benefit performance are $25.
by BWW - Jun 20, 2018
Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/20/2018 for Denver
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018
The Neo-Futurists present Ensemble Member Lily Mooney's Empty Threats, directed by Krissy Vanderwarker, in her directorial debut with The Neo-Futurists, playing at 5153 N. Ashland Ave., June 7 - July 14. Previews are Thursday, June 7 - Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m., with opening night Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. The running time is currently 90 minutes. 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.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018
BroadwayWorld has learned Douglas Sills will play Chief of Staff Bob Alexander in the new musical DAVE, premiering at Arena Stage this summer!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2018
Arena Stage is preparing for the world premiere of a new musical Dave. Check out photos of the cast and creative in rehearsal below! 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2019
The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists (NYNF) are pleased to announce the hiring of founding ensemble member and former Managing Director, Rob Neill as their first Artistic Director, effective immediately. Neill is a performer, writer, and educator, who has performed with the Chicago and New York Neo-Futurists since 1995. Neill acted as Managing Director for the company from 2004-2013.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018
Dave, new musical, is now on stage at Arena Stage. By three-time Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers), two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin (Mean Girls, Legally Blonde) and Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, IfThen), Dave is inspired by the Academy Award-nominated American political comedy film. The world-premiere engagement is produced by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, The Donners' Company and Larger Than Life. Under the direction of Tony Award nominee Tina Landau, and with choreography by Tony Award nominee Sam Pinkleton and music direction by Rob Berman, Dave runs July 13-August 19, 2018 in the Kreeger Theater.
by Stage Tube - Jul 29, 2018
From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning creative team comes the world-premiere musical comedy DAVE, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film. DAVE tells the story ofhigh school teacher (and presidential lookalike) DAVE Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than 'presidential' circumstances, DAVE is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal, and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people...and the First Lady. Subscription packages, including DAVE, are currently available. Single tickets for DAVE go on sale March 28, 2018. Patrons may call the Arena Stage Sales Office at 202-488-3300or visit arenastage.org. DAVE runs July 13-August 19, 2018. For complete 2018/19 Season details, visit: arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/index-18-19.shtml.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2018
Arena Stage presents the world premiere of the new musical Dave. By three-time Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers), two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin (Mean Girls, Legally Blonde) and Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, If/Then), Dave is inspired by the Academy Award-nominated American political comedy film. The show celebrated its opening night this week, check out the stars celebrating below!
by BWW - Jul 20, 2018
Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/20/2018 for Denver
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2018
Arena Stage presents the new musical Dave, get a first look below!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018
The Neo-Futurists launch Can't Stop//Won't Stop, their annual campaign supporting the Ensemble's prolific writing and programs. The summer campaign is poised to raise $24,000 and will culminate at the 7 p.m. performance of The Infinite Wrench on Sunday, August 12, featuring a series of 30 two-minute plays all written in a 24-hour period. Reservations to the event will be available to any that can raise the $150 ticket price on the peer-to-peer online fundraising platform Crowdrise; every $150 raised gives an audience member another ticket to the world-premiere-packed-event.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2019
UnTheatre Co premieres Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind in Ypsilanti at the Riverside Arts Center February 9th-17th.  There will be one late-night performance of crowd favorite the Durrty 30 on Saturday, February 16th at 11pm and a Sunday 6pm show on February 17th. Saturday performances are 8pm & 1030pm on the 9th and 8pm on the 16th.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2019
The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists will share their well earned wisdom this winter when they offer the Level One Workshop: Function and Fundamentals. This workshop is a twelve hour workshop that stretches over three Saturdays beginning February 9th and wrapping up February 23rd; all taking place at ART/NY Rehearsal Studios.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2018
Flint Youth Theatre - Michigan's Professional Theatre for Young Audiences presents 'Balloonacy' by Barry Kornhauser. Performances begin Today January 26 and runs through Sunday January 28. Tickets are now on sale.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2018
Flint Youth Theatre - Michigan's Professional Theatre for Young Audiences presents 'Balloonacy' by Barry Kornhauser. Performances begin Friday January 26 and runs through Sunday January 28. Tickets are now on sale.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018
In honor of Black History Month, the award-winning New York Neo-Futurists are pleased to announce THE BLACKEST WRENCH, a special edition of their weekly late-night show, THE INFINITE WRENCH, celebrating the Black-American voice in experimental theatre. The performers include all the current black Neos, as well as the return of notable NYNF alumni such as Kevin R. Free, the first black actor to play Bellomy in Off-Broadway's long-running The Fantasticks, and other marginalized ensemble members. For two performances only, THE BLACKEST WRENCH will be presented at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003) on Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th at 10:30pm. $20 tickets for THE BLACKEST WRENCH are available at nynf.org, or by calling 866-811-4111.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2018
The Neo-Futurists present Ensemble Member Trevor Dawkins' A Story Told in Seven Fights, directed by Tony Santiago, playing at 5153 N. Ashland Ave., March 1 April 7. Previews are Thursday, March 1 Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m., with opening night Monday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. The running time is currently 80 minutes. 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.
by Zoe Burke - Feb 14, 2019
There is something so incredibly special about watching a group of highly disciplined young people coming together to create something bigger than themselves. The collaborative nature of high school drama is like none other, and particularly in programs with strong, knowledgeable leadership (such as the program at Santa Fe High School, led by director Reed Meschefske), the results speak for themselves.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2019
In honor of Black History Month, the award-winning New York Neo-Futurists are pleased to announce THE BLACKEST WRENCH, a special edition of their weekly late-night show, THE INFINITE WRENCH, celebrating the voices of POC in experimental theatre. The performers include Hilary Asare, Anooj Bhandari, Rayne Harris, T Thompson, and the return of Nicole Hill. For two performances only, THE BLACKEST WRENCH will be presented at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003) on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd at 10:30pm. $20 tickets for THE BLACKEST WRENCH are available at nynf.org, or by calling 866-811-4111.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 24, 2018
UnTheatre Co makes Hamtramck its home for the first run of the new year, presenting Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Planet Ant, January 11th-26th. Performances will run on Fridays at 10pm and Saturdays at 8pm and will take place at Planet Ant Black Box, located at 2357 Caniff St. in Hamtramck. There will be one late-night performance of crowd favorite the Durrty 30 on Saturday, January 19th at 11pm and a new option of a Sunday 6pm show on January 20th. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 plus the resulting number of the roll of a 6-sided die, or online for $21 with the resulting number of the roll of a 6-sided die being returned to you at the door. Additional discounts include $5 off for students, $3 off for groups of 10 or more and $2 off for Seniors, First Responders/Military and for Union members. All discounts are applied as cash back at the door. The Durrty 30 remains, as always, the roll of a 10-sided die only - or $11 online with the roll of the die refunded at the door. For further information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.untheatreco.org or call 313-444-0652.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2018
Since 1988, The Neo-Futurists of Chicago have performed Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) every week for 50 weeks out of the year. Subsequent Neo-Futurists groups opened in 2004 (New York) and 2013 (San Francisco), delivering the work Greg Allen spearheaded thirty years ago to new communities across the country. Now Duke City Repertory Theatre is bringing the first professional production of this unique theatrical experience to Albuquerque.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2018
Since 1988, The Neo-Futurists of Chicago have performed Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) every week for 50 weeks out of the year. Subsequent Neo-Futurists groups opened in 2004 (New York) and 2013 (San Francisco), delivering the work Greg Allen spearheaded thirty years ago to new communities across the country. Now Duke City Repertory Theatre is bringing the first professional production of this unique theatrical experience to Albuquerque.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2018
Since 1988, The Neo-Futurists of Chicago have performed Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) every week for 50 weeks out of the year. Subsequent Neo-Futurists groups opened in 2004 (New York) and 2013 (San Francisco), delivering the work Greg Allen spearheaded thirty years ago to new communities across the country. Now Duke City Repertory Theatre is bringing the first professional production of this unique theatrical experience to Albuquerque.
by Beth Leitman - Aug 16, 2018
BWW Interview: Katie Becker Colon of TOO MIGHT LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND (30 SHOWS IN 60 MINUTES) at Duke City Reparatory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019
Have you ever seen 30 plays in 60 minutes? 10 talented actors will attempt to dazzle audiences with this feat when the Purdon Studio Theatre, the 'black box' production arm of Grosse Pointe Theatre, will stage Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind by Greg Allen. The show will run for seven performances April 26 - 28 and May 3-4 (with two performances on May 4). Performances will take place at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, 19950 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48236.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2018
Returning after sold-out crowds during its October and January runs, UnTheatre Co. kicks off its third presentation of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes, opening April 13 and running through April 28, 2018.
by TV News Desk - Apr 18, 2019
The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists are pleased to announce THE INFINITE FAMILY, a special edition of their weekly late-night show, THE INFINITE WRENCH. With a mix of plays that involve music, stories, movement and audience engagement, the audience are also part of the act, deciding the order in which the plays are performed. For ages seven and up. The performers include Annie Levin, Anooj Bhandari, Dan McCoy, Connor Sampson, Julia Melfi, Katy-May Hudson, Katharine Heller, and Rob Neill.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2019
This spring the award-winning New York Neo-Futurists are pleased to welcome four new performers to their ever growing and changing roster. Over the next five months, these performers will be joining the cast of The Infinite Wrench, a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience, which performs every Friday and Saturday night at 10:30pm at Kraine Theater: 85 East 4th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Ave). The news cast members are Gregory Lakhan (April 12), Michael John Improta (May 17), Yael Haskal (June) and Michaela Farrell (August 2).