About the Show
An underground Chicago favorite, this long-running late-night hit returns to Woolly with brand new material. The eccentric Neo-Futurists race against the clock to perform 30 miniature plays in 60 breathless minutes. With a menu of vignettes ranging from zany to risqué to profound, it’s the perfect interactive holiday treat for DC’s quickwitted audiences.
Interested in learning from the pros? The Neos are offering Beginning Neo-Futurism for three days during the run. Click on the Additional Information tab for details!
“LEAVES YOU BREATHLESS WITH THE TROUPE'S AUDACITY AND WIT. The cast members are intuitively topical, so they bring up current events fluently, puckishly and irreverently. They thrive on audience engagement. As the Neos say, if you've seen the show once, you've seen it once.”
– Washington Post
“IT'S QUICK, IT'S DIRTY, IT'S POLITICAL AT TIMES AND FUNNY AT OTHERS. It's real, silly, inspiring, and unique and different every night — but it is certain to be entertaining. A nice treat for the holidays.”
“Consider joining The Neo-Futurists on board this grinning, spinning carousel of cognitive dissonance, which they’re constructing with nervy aplomb once again, at Woolly Mammoth. BIZARRE, GIGGLE-INDUCING SEGMENTS OF ENSEMBLE TOMFOOLERY. THE FUN IS IN THE RAPID-FIRE CREATION OF LIVE ART.”
– DC Theatre Scene
“The Neo-Futurists are INNOVATIVE, EDGY, AND INTERACTIVE – a perfect fit for a theater that can be described by all of these adjectives.”
– Washington Life
The Neo-Futurists, creators of over 60 original, full-length productions, are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create immediate, non-illusory, interactive and head slappingly affordable performances. From their theater above a Chicago funeral home, they have toured from San Francisco to Romania and won the coveted Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival. Their acclaimed play 43 Plays for 43 Presidents was performed for President Jimmy Carter (he liked it!).
December 7 – 19 cast: Eliza Burmester, Bilal Dardai, Mary Fons-Misetic, Chloe Johnston, Jay Torrence
December 22 – January 2 cast: Bilal Dardai, Mary Fons-Misetic, John Pierson, Jay Torrence, Kristie Vuocolo
Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 7pm and 9pm, Sunday at 2pm, plus one Sunday 4pm show on December 27, and one special New Year's Eve performance at 10:30pm. (No shows on December 24-25)
Pay-What-You-Can performance: Mon, December 7 at 8pm.
Tickets sold at 6:30pm each evening, two per person, cash/check only. Lines begin forming between 5-5:30pm. Performances typically sell out.
For a complete schedule of post-show discussions, please click the 'Additional Information' tab.
All Tickets are $30 (except New Year's Eve.)
New Year's Eve Tickets are $75. To learn what's included in the price click here.
Love the Neos? Have four hours on a Saturday to devote to in-depth study with wise acting masters? Then this class is for you!
Beginning Neo-Futurism: An intensive, four-hour workshop that introduces students to the concepts of Neo-Futurism, a new form of personal, immediate, non-illusory, audience-interactive performance. You will be introduced to classic Neo-Futurist exercises in task-based action, collage, self-expression, and absolute truth on stage. Students will devise their own short performance pieces in class and put them up on their feet in front of their peers. No prior theater experience is necessary!
Classes are 12-4pm:
Cost is $100 per class. Limit 15 students per class so sign up now by clicking above on the class you want to attend.
Sharon Green in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (2007)
Ryan Walters in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (2007)
Woolly Mammoth would like to thank the following patrons for their generous support of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind:
Shannon & Michael Alford
David Gossett & Dena Ringold
Donald & Julianna Mahley
Adrienne & David Umansky