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Pictured: Audience featuring Kurt Chiang. Photo by Evan Hanover.
The Neo-Futurists in Chicago, along with the New York and the San Francisco companies, have announced the new name of their late night shows, following founder Greg Allen’s revocation of the trademark license for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind last November.
The new late night shows titled THE INFINITE WRENCH begin their ongoing runs with inaugural performances in all three cities Friday, March 3. Performances of the show will follow each company’s regular late-night schedule, where they will continue to create new work and experiment with the form of presenting two-minute plays.
“We’re changing our show’s name, but we are still The Neo-Futurists,” says Chicago Artistic Director Kurt Chiang. “We are making new work at a fast weekly clip, and those plays tell our honest first-person perspectives through chance, risk, and speed. We’ll continue to welcome sold-out audiences around the block to our shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 50 weekends of the year, every year.”
The three ensembles have experimented for three decades within The Neo-Futurist aesthetic; as of January 2017, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco had created over 9,800, 4,000, and 1,000 plays, respectively. Each company spent the last month in preview periods, investigating different elements and structures, just as Neo ensembles have experimented with new plays and forms within the late-night time throughout their respective histories. The Neo-Futurists will continue to collaborate with each other and their sister companies on the best way to present short new works within a quick timeframe.
Performance Schedule for THE INFINITE WRENCH (from the press release):
All performances at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL
Every weekend except December 15-17 and 22-24, 2017
Tickets at the door: Cash only, $9 plus the roll of one six-sided die ($10-15)
Advance tickets: $20 with a $1-6 cash rollback; tickets online at www.neofuturists.org
Pre-sale tickets and more information at neofuturists.org.
All performances at the Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St, New York, NY
Every Friday, Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
Tickets at the door: $13 plus the roll of a six-sided die. Advance tickets: $19
Pre-sale tickets and more information at nynf.org.
All performances at SAFEhouse for the Arts,1200 Market St., San Francisco, CA
Every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.
Tickets available at the door: cash/walk-up $10 + the roll of a 6-sided die ($11-16)
Pre-sale tickets and more information at sfneofuturists.com.