In addition to our signature show TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND, the New York Neo-Futurists develop and present long form plays and experiments each year. (Click a show title below to get more info on that show).
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
A Simple Art
Jan 22 – Feb 14, 2015 at The New Ohio Theatre
Created and directed by Dylan Marron. Written and performed by You.
First hand accounts of internet dating in NYC create the narrative for this unique theatrical mosaic performed by a different cast of randomly selected audience members at each show. Directed solely through instructional mp3 tracks, these “performers” are guided through a theatrical Rube Goldberg experience. The remaining audience members witness this action unfold as they listen to the stories that the instructional choreography illustrates.
“A thrilling upheavel of conventional storytelling.” -Backstage
“With an eye to its title, this play beautifully delves into the intricacies of humanity with pathos and fun. Brace yourself for an enthralling night of watching interesting people perform interesting people’s stories.” -Theatre Is Easy
“Playful and compassionate… he’s on to something. In uniting these spectators in the same space while dividing them by separate tracks, he’s creating an analogy for the way the Internet both brings us together and sanctions our apartness.” – The New York Times
A “unique theatrical experience” -The New Yorker
“A technically specific, amazingly choreographed and incredibly imaginative performance.” -Stage Buddy
“Pure Gold” -TDF
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To celebrate 10 Years of Chance, Change, & Chaos, we attempted 600 Plays in 1200 minutes in a 24 hour time frame on Oct 3 & 4, 2014. We completed 575 plays in 1560 minutes! Each block of TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKE THE BABY GO BLIND had a different theme including:
Block 1: Firsts! Very early plays by us and plays we wrote when we first joined the company
Block 2: Our most successful failures: plays where anything can happen and where we take the word “attempt” very seriously.
Block 3: Late night/after hours: dream plays and bad decisions. Plays about what happens when the bars close and lights go out.
Block 4: Get smart/get stupid: some of our braniest plays and some of our goofiest
Block 5: Breakfast with the Neos
Block 6: Bring the kids! A family friendly block of plays for ages 5 to 95 exploring the universal side of the avant-garde
Block 7: All-Women block, featured a cast of 7 female Neo-Futurists and plays by, about, and for women
Block 8: Get real loud! (then get real quiet): an hour of music and mayhem followed by vocal rest with our quietest plays
Block 9: I love New York/I hate New York: plays about the ups and downs of living in NYC.
Block 10: Grand Finale! 17 Neo-Futurists take the stage with the our biggest, boldest, funniest plays!
Conceived and directed by Christopher Loar
Featuring Cecil Baldwin, Cara Francis, Christopher Borg, Roberta Colindrez and Dylan Marron
A follow up to the Drama Desk nominated THE COMPLETE AND CONDENSED STAGE DIRECTIONS OF EUGENE O’NEILL, VOLUME 1, the New York Neo-Futurists continued the adventure into the subconscious of American theater legend Eugene O’Neill.
Removing the dialogue and stripping the plays down to pure action, O’Neill’s eloquent yet obsessive and often controlling stage directions become a rip-roaring physical comedy.Now a Broadway mainstay, Eugene O’Neill was once considered an experimental, downtown playwright. His plays defied the melodramatic conventions of the day and much of his work premiered with the Provincetown Players on MacDougall Street.
THE COMPLETE & CONDENSED STAGE DIRECTIONS OF EUGENE O’NEILL, VOLUME 2 spans the years 1913 – 1915, and included his plays Recklessness, Warnings, Fog, Abortion, and The Sniper.
“Great fun!” – The New York Times
“Hilarious” – Stage and Cinema
“Inventive” – TheatreIsEasy
“Volume 2 is an an entertaining production that successfully reprises a unique concept” – Maxamoo
“A hilarious and moving night of theater” – New York Theatre Review
“Brilliant performers…Visual and auditory feast” – Huffington Post
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Written, performed, and designed by Nicole Hill, Christopher Loar, Daniel McCoy, Mike Puckett and Yolanda K. Wilkinson
Do you remember a time when you were expected to be seen and not heard? The New York Neo-Futurists created a show that illuminates these times, using every theatrical tool at their disposal save one: speech. Drawing on images and impressions from their childhood memories, the creators of MUTE took audiences through a trip into their early years, reflecting on forces that silenced them, and brought them back to share these immersive moments on stage. MUTE was the 3rd installment in our Lab Series for new play development.
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Performed and written by Cara Francis, Christopher Loar, Daniel McCoy, Joe Basile, and Dylan Marron
Who is pulling your strings? An evening of five diverse, one-act plays exploring the relationships between puppet and master that arise in our hyper-kinetic world. Drawing inspiration from online dating testimonials, 1970’s Kung Fu movies, New York City wildlife, parasomnia sleep disorders and the history of modern warfare, these plays adhere to the Neo-Futurist aesthetic of non-illusory, athletic theatre. Exploring the ever-increasing conflict between man and machine in a contemporary context, SOFT HYDRAULICS was rooted in honest storytelling, puppet manipulation and immediate performance. This exciting production marked the New York Neo-Futurists’ first developmental partnership with Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Standard ToyKraft.
“If you’re looking for a creative, intelligent, and exciting night at the theatre with a group of brilliant theatre artists, look no further than Soft Hydraulics.” -The Huffington Post
Featuring Meg Bashwiner, Daniel McCoy, Ricardo Gamboa, Adam Smith, and Christopher Loar
Written by Eevin Hartsough, Joey Rizzolo, Meg Bashwiner, Daniel McCoy, Ricardo Gamboa, Adam Smith, and Christopher Loar
The first in our Lab Series for new play development, ON THE FUTURE featured six ten-minutes plays written and performed by the New York Neo-Futurists, on the subject of our personal and collective futures – from 10 minutes to 10 billion years from now. In the form a survivalist drill, shadow puppet show, science lecture drag show, tarot card reading, personal future memories, and multi-media mindwarping, the Neos’ ideas are as varied as the possibilities the future has in store.
“Lively and inspired and worth a place in your downtown theatergoing future!” – Backstage
“The New York Neo-Futurists make my face hurt from smiling.” – Huffington Post
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Written by Eevin Hartsough, Kevin R Free, Marta Rainer, and Adam Smith
Featuring Kevin R Free, Marta Rainer, Adam Smith, with Steve French as Actor and Cherylynn Tsushima as Dancer
Music by Carl Riehl, Scott Selig, and Patrick Carmichael
Directed by Chris Dippel
Choreography by Laurie Berg
Music written by Carl Riehl
Video design and production by Liliana Dirks-Goodman
Dramaturgy by Jeffrey Cranor
A full-length hip-hop musical about identity in a post-modern digital age.
“…Thoroughly entertaining and sharply intelligent…Equal parts intelligent, funny, and exciting” – NY Theatre
Listen to music from the show by clicking here.
Conceived and directed by Christopher Loar
Featuring Christopher Loar, Cara Francis, Danny Burnam, Brendan Donaldson, Connor Kalista, Jacquelyn Landgraf, Erica Livingston and Lauren Sharpe
Once confined only to heated discussions amongst doctoral students, the New York Neo-Futurists unleash O’Neill’s stage directions from their dissertation prison, transforming O’Neill’s eloquent yet obsessive and often controlling stage directions into rip-roaring physical comedy.
Now a Broadway mainstay, Eugene O’Neill was once considered an experimental, downtown playwright. His plays defied the melodramatic conventions of the day and much of his work premiered with the Provincetown Players on MacDougall Street.
THE COMPLETE AND CONDENSED STAGE DIRECTIONS OF EUGENE O’NEILL, VOLUME 1 was a New York Times Critic’s Pick, a Time Out NY Critic’s Pick, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production, and received five NYIT Award nominations for Sound Design, Choreography, Best Director, Ensemble and Performance Art.
“An impish illustration of how lively entertainment can be created from theatrical spare parts.” -The New York Times
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Written and performed by Christopher Borg and Joey Rizzolo
Featuring Yeauxlanda Kay
Directed by Justin Tolley
A hilarious and heartbreaking account of two New York Neos, Joey and Borg, who embark on an urban archeological adventure. After purchasing two storage lockers up for auction in the Bronx, Joey and Borg painstakingly examined and archived the over 1500 items they contained. Now it is time to unravel the mystery of what happened to their former owners.
LOCKER 4173b is a striking look at the aftermath of “The Time of Shedding and Cold Rocks.” The financial meltdown just got very personal.
“It took us over six months to catalogue all 1500+ items,” shares co-creator Christopher Borg. “Many weekends with a small group of volunteers around a table full of laptops and boxes and bags of ‘stuff,’ much of which was the kind of thing we all throw away at a good spring cleaning. But taken together, and looked at from afar, it paints the picture of a life, and a life examined is a life worthwhile.”
LOCKER #4173b was a 2011 NYIT award winner for Best Performance Art Production.
“Intriguing, clever, and occasionally surprisingly moving” -Backstage
Watch a video to learn more about the inspiration behind the project by clicking here.
Written and performed by Jill Beckman, Cara Francis, Daniel McCoy and Ricardo Gamboa
Tell us your secret ghost story. Tell us your fever dreams. Tell us why you fear your fellow human being.
The New York Neo-Futurists’ Fall 2010 horror show and fear experiment (UN)AFRAID celebrates and examines the concept, causes and consequences of fear, both in our society and in ourselves. Attempting to summon a different guest spirit each performance, from such deceased masters of horror as Edgar Allen Poe, HP Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, M.R, James, the New York Neo-Futurists call upon the forces of chance and change to present a different show every night, putting expectations on shaky ground and melding our mythical fear of what goes bump in the night with the terror of simply living. Combining elements of personal ghost story, video assault, monster-mash-mayhem, and audience-interactive freak-out, Neo-Futurists Jill Beckman, Cara Francis, Daniel McCoy & Ricardo Gamboa ushered audiences beyond the very edge of their and audiences’ most startling, gruesome, and diabolical fears. Welcome to our nightmare.
“…Better than any haunted house or scary movie…” – NY Theatre
“…A gem for the off-off-Broadway stage.” – Theatre Is Easy
“Powerful and disturbing stuff.” – Stagebuzz
“Delightful, probing, and chilling — a thoughtful exploration into the untraditional aspects and manifestations of fear.” – Ology
Written and performed by Desiree Burch, Cara Francis and Erica Livingston
New York Neo-Futurists Desiree Burch, Cara Francis & Erica Livingston serve up a cure for what ails you in this Neo-Medicine show, performing in and around a giant pot of self-made soup. Bottling this soup, as well as a series of elixirs, potions, tonics and products, they heal and reveal the female experience live, honest and in the flesh.
Incorporating ingredients from interviews, living newspaper, personal stories, circus acts and freak shows, the women of THE SOUP SHOW ultimately feed their audiences with a question “How far has the women’s movement moved us?” The fierce trio honor the 30th Anniversary of Women’s History Month, and show you why the readers of the Village Voice named The New York Neo-Futurists “The 2009 Best Performance Artists in New York.”
“Celebrates life in all its glory, confusion, and embarrassment.” – Theatre Is Easy
Written and performed by Rob Neil, Jill Beckman, and Eevin Hartsough
Directed by Phil Ridarelli
Musical accompaniment by John Pierson, John Bliss, John Szymanski, Carl Riehl
Laika was a Soviet space dog and the first living mammal to orbit the earth. She was sent to space with the intention that scientists would collect data about her orbit until she ran out of oxygen and died which is more or less what happened (she actually died within a few hours of launch, likely from stress and overheating). In LAIKA DOG IN SPACE, we imagine that Laika lives on, content as a solo dog in space, but also happy and interested to receive the occasional visitor.
“Everything theatre ought to be.” – NY Theatre
“A breathtakingly original piece…” – Stagebuzz
“…A satisfying mess that somehow makes perfect sense.” – InDigest
“A meaningful meditation on connection…” – TimeOut Chicago
Listen to music from the show and some pretty cool animated shorts by clicking here.
Written and performed by Christopher Borg, Jeffrey Cranor, Kevin R. Free, and Eevin Hartsough
An original, autobiographical full-length production that explores significant experiences that alter the course of a person’s life. This multi-media production incorporated video, comedy, puppetry, and music to tell the real-life accounts of the performers weaving four compelling stories that document a reunion, a death, a wedding, and a road not taken.
“A playful, hyperverbal, constantly shifting investigation into the vicissitudes of luck and fate.” – Backstage
Written by Crystal Skillman, Justin Tolley, and Rob Neill
Directed by Chris Dippel, Jacquelyn Landgraf, and Mark Armstrong
Co-production with Horse Trade Theater Group which included 3 twenty minute short works dealing with various Neo-Futurist views of the “Apocalypse”.
Ensemble included Tara Perry, Lauren Kincheloe, Sharon Freedman, Jenny Williams, Clay Adams, Erica Livingston, Lindsay Brandon Hunter, Emma Gordon, Michael Davis, Jarrod Zayas, Justin Tolley, Rob Neill, Eevin Hartsough, Ryan Good, Jorge Cordova, and Leslie Korein
September 2006 at the Kraine Theater
A collaboration with THE 24SEVEN LAB and THE NY NEO-FUTURISTS
I WOULD NEVER by Edith Freni / Directed by Mark Armstrong
Featuring: Jorge Cordova, Kelley Rae O’Donnell, F. Omar Telan
SCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS by Lucas Hnath / Directed by Doug Howe
Featuring: Clay Adams, Tara Perry
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GO OUTSIDE AND THE TERRORISTS ARE WAITING
by Crystal Skillman / Directed by Rob Neill
Featuring: Sharon Freedman, Ryan Good, Dan Levinson
MAYBE THIS WILL SHED SOME LIGHT ON WHAT
WE’VE SAID BEFORE
by Sarah Levy / Directed by Brian Roff
Featuring: Kelley Rae O’Donnell, Tara Perry, Brian Taylor
THE EATER by Desiree Burch / Directed by Moira Boag
Featuring: Jorge Cordova, Dan Levinson, Marta Rainer
AN EXPLANATION OF THE GAME OF QUARTERS (ACCORDING TO ME, ME, THE WIKIPEDIA, AND WEBTENDER.COM, ALL COUCHED IN A DRAMATIC METAPHOR OF THE GAME SO AS TO TRULY DEMONSTRATE ITS IDIOCY–AT NO EXTRA CHARGE TO YOU OR THE HORSE YOU RODE IN ON)by Ashlin Halfnight and Chris Dippel / Directed by Alexis Poledouris
Featuring: Sharon Freedman, Marta Rainer, Brian Taylor, F. Omar Telan, Jenny Williams