Wind-Up Variations

Wind-Up Variations
Directed & Written by Rob Neill
Performed by Ayun Halliday, Eevin Hartsough*, Daniel Mirsky, and T Thompson
Stage Manager: Hadley Todoran
Assistant Stage Manager: Conor Bartram
Video & Projections: Lauren Parrish
Costume Designer: Sarah Snider
Sound Designer: Anthony Dean
General Manager: Emily Pojman
Publicity: Katie Rosin / Kampfire PR

A band of tiny adventurers, four wind-up creatures–a monkey, a robot, a dinosaur, and a unicorn—are on a fantastic journey. Although they move in short and unpredictable bursts, when they stop they trigger the performers into various rituals, stories, songs, and dances. Along the way they discover how to persevere, explore community, and celebrate random interactions. Wind-Up Variations, is a multimedia retro punk meditation, an experiment in Neo-Futurism, a theatrical spectacle of the real and tangible shared everyday moments finding poetry in the routine and the chaos.

Wind-Up Variations is a Neo-Futurist play based on ideas originally incubated in Monkeyland at Avant Garde Arama, Apocalypse Neo, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, and The Infinite Wrench. The show features current, past, and original New York Neo-Futurists: Ayun Halliday, Eevin Hartsough*, Daniel Mirsky, and T Thompson.

It runs 12 performances only April 19th – May 12th.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, April 19 – 8pm
Friday, April 20 – 8pm
Saturday, April 21 – 8pm
Thursday, April 26 – 8pm
Friday, April 27 – 8pm
Saturday, April 28 – 8pm
Monday, April 30 – 8pm
Friday, May 4 – 8pm
Saturday, May 5 – 8pm
Thursday, May 10 – 8pm
Friday, May 11 – 8pm
Saturday, May 12 – 8pm

$20 Advance Tickets
Advanced tickets get you priority access and a guaranteed seat.
$25 Tickets at the door

WHERE: 85 East 4th Street


“Wind-Up Variations is the latest show from the New York Neo-Futurists. As with everything from the Neos it is not something to be seen—it is something to be experienced. It is something to be contemplated. It is something to be shared.”


Rob Neill (Creator, Director, Writer) is a writer, performer, theater maker, and educator. He is a founding member of the award winning performance collective, the New York Neo-Futurists. He has written, directed, and performed with the Neo-Futurists in both New York and Chicago since 1995 for Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, The Infinite Wrench, Laika Dog in Space, Short Term Directions, Monkeyland, Tightening, and (un)afraid. His original plays have appeared at the Ontological, P.S. 122, HERE, BB Kings, Cherry Lane & The Kraine, as well as in Chicago and Los Angeles. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Grinnell College. Performance credits include: Broadway: London Assurance; 1st National Tour: Peter & The Starcatcher. London: The Cherry Orchard; Regional: You Never Can Tell. Off-Off Broadway: Spring Awakening and Doughboy.

Ayun Halliday (Performer) is a performer, playwright, Chief Primatologist of The East Village Inky zine, and author of seven books, including No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late. As a member of the Neo-Futurists from 1989-1998, she wrote, directed and performed in over 500 short plays and several full-length solo performances. Longer works include The Mermaid’s Legs, Fawnbook and most recently, Zamboni Godot. Ayun was a 2017 Target Margin Theater Institute Fellow, and that same year, she and her husband, Greg Kotis, resurrected Theater of the Apes. Current projects include the monthly variety show series, Necromancers of the Public Domain, and a solo show, premiering in June, in which Juliet’s nurse hits the lecture circuit. Homeschooler. Hoos-Yorker.

Eevin Hartsough (Performer) has most recently been co-creating/writing the award-winning comedy webseries, Gemma & The Bear!. She is an 8 year ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists where she has authored & co-created many plays including (not) just a day like any other and Laika Dog. As an actor her credits include Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (Roundabout Theater) and Agnes in A Bright Room Called Day (Vassar Experimental Theater).

Daniel Mirsky (Performer) is an Artist & Scientist. Born in San Antonio, Texas to a loving and close family of political and religious refugees from then-soviet Latvia, Daniel’s family exposed him to several disciplines including art, music, and physics. Having heavily studied the performing arts and Theatre, Daniel continued his education at Texas A&M University where he graduated with a degree in acting & directing. Before moving to NYC, Daniel performed as a guest artist at the Kennedy Center as an Irene Ryan national finalist. Daniel also collaborated with the NY Neos for several years as a technical associate, stage manager, designer and tech director.

T Thompson (Performer) is a Brooklyn based performer and one of the newest New York Neo-Futurists. They most recently performed the title role Muva Death by Stacey Rose Lee. Exit: An Illusion directed by Tonya Pinkins, American Bard Theater. Taylor Macs 24 Decade History of Popular Music, St. Ann’s Warehouse. Night of the Living N-Word (Aunt Jinny), NYC Fringe Festival. Other credits include the OBIE award winning Fire This Time Festival plays Slavesperience, Time in the Penn, and You Mine.

Conor Bartram (Assistant Stage Manager) is a theatre artist in NYC who also tends bar at The Kraine. He is excited to be working with Neos after years of watching their work. He has a BA in theatre performance from Western CT State University. Recently he’s been a playwright with Amios Shotz, and tech directed a successful run of what she found as part of the Frigid Festival. NY acting credits include Phoenix (Bruce) Kraine, I Am Not An Allegory (Severin) Under St Marks, The Will of Love (Silvius) The Turtle Shell Theatre, I Love A Piano and Almost Maine (Steve) TBG Theatre. Horsetrade’s DRAFT series (2014).

Sarah Snider (Costume Designer) is a New York City based Costume Designer and Broadway Dresser. She has a BS in Arts Administration from Butler University where she also Costume Designed multiple MainStage and student productions. She began her professional career in Las Vegas on the creation of Cirque du Soleil’s “Viva Elvis” as a Dresser and Wardrobe Attendant. After relocating to New York she designed for the former Everwhere Theatre Group, worked as a dresser for American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Nutcracker’, and is currently a star dresser with Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera.

Anthony Dean (Sound Designer) is a sound artist and theater designer based in New York. His work takes a multidisciplinary and research-based approach to performance, hoping to create a more detailed and inclusive art. Anthony’s sound work can be heard in theater, film, art installations, and music ensembles. Anthony is the technical manager for The Tank and a technical collaborator with The New York Neo-Futurists. Anthony is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he now works as a visiting sound designer. For more on Anthony, visit

Emily Pojman (General Manager) is a New York-based producer. She began working with the New York Neo-Futurists in 2014 and currently heads the company’s volunteer program. Past General Manager credits include NYNF’s Happy To See You, created by Cara Francis. Emily currently works as a writer and producer across reality television and digital media.

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Production design support provided by the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York). Funding for NYNF is also provided in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Equity Approved Showcase.

*Equity Member appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association