Arts and Lecture Series Welcomes the Neo-Futurists
Fusion-theatre group will perform their signature play “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.”
7: 30 pm
Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall
Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to join us for this imaginative, unpredictable performance.
“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” consists of 30 short plays, written and performed “from a perspective of absolute honesty” by the members of the Neo-Futurists group, according to their website. Now in its 24th year of performances, “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” is the longest-running show in Chicago. During these years, it has shifted and changed on a weekly basis as the performers add new short pieces, change the order, and bring their own experiences and perspectives to the ensemble’s work. This “homage to spontaneity” is a perfect complement to the ever-changing spring weather.
The Neo-Futurists are a collective of writers, performers and directors who dedicate themselves to combining poetry and performance in an innovative, interactive way. In addition to their signature play, which has yielded over 7,000 individual two-minute collaborations, they have produced over 60 full-length plays and theatre events. The group’s mission statement emphasizes their goals of “strengthening the human bond between performer and audience,” “embracing a form of non-illusory theater in order to present our lives and ideas as directly as possible…to create a world where the stage is a continuation of daily life,” and “embracing the moment through audience interaction and planned obsolescence.”
For more information about the Neo-Futurists, visit neofuturists.org.
The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series brings a range of artists and intellectuals to campus to perform, to speak on relevant issues, and to represent the disciplines of theatre, music and dance. A committee composed of Wells faculty, staff and students selects groups and individuals annually. The Neo-Futurists is the final offering during this academic year. The Arts and Lecture Series will begin the fall season with a November performance of “The Taming of the Shrew” by the Aquila Theatre Company.