The New York Neo-Futurists very rarely commit to doing anything twice.
Their weekend show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind has been running in New York for eight years simply because it’s a new experience every single night that keeps fans coming back. Composed of a constantly updating menu of 30 short, original and incredibly diverse plays, the Neo-Futurists mercilessly rip out old pieces every week and write new ones, maintaining a show that’s both years old and completely fresh.
Their main stage shows are as various as the plays in Too Much Light, ranging from nerdcore hip-hopera video games to assessments of the progress of feminism by three beautiful women bathing in a tub full of soup. All of these diverse performances are united by their performers, themselves. The Neo-Futurists aesthetic is a non-illusory one; they stay true to themselves on stage and never pretend to be anywhere else, working together with the audience to create a wild and dynamic performative experience.
So when the New York Neo-Futurists make a habit of something, it’s an exciting event. Coming up is this year’s Annual Benefit Gala, a laughter-filled event in which the drinks are as fine as the company. Happening the evening of November 7th (betting that everyone’s going to want a post-election drink no matter the outcome) at the Maritime Cabanas in Chelsea, the gala will honor both Ginny Louloudes and the Alliance of Resident Theaters in New York, the city’s leading arts-service organization dedicated to supporting our vibrant community of nonprofit theatres.
What makes this gala peculiar is the opportunity to spend a celebratory evening with the very same performers that audiences have enjoyed on stage. As the Neo-Futurists make no distinction between their stage personas and their selves, this is the opportunity for fans to meet and mingle with the artists they’ve admired, all while honoring both great people and causes.
- Written by Shane Reader, Promotional Writer at FABnyc
Update: One of the New York Neo-Furturists sent us an image of the theater they frequently perform in on E. 4th St. We’re happy to see it fared the storm well! If anything, this is reason for celebration on November 7th…