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NEO-FUTURISTS LOOK AHEAD TO 2013-2014 SEASON

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On the docket for The Neo-Futurists' 2013-2014 season are two world premieres and one U.S. premiere -- all promising to think outside the box in terms of creativity and argument.

The shows, to be staged at the company's home base at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, are as follows:

± "Sweet Child of Mine" (Sept. 5-21): The U.S. premiere of a show created by Bron Batten and presented by The Neo-Futurists, in collaboration with The Last Tuesday Society of Australia. It will feature Australian performer Batten and her 60-year-old parents live onstage, discussing art, theater and what Bron actually does for a living. Their insights are earnest, poignant and at the same time, painfully hilarious, as they ask themselves and the audience, what exactly is the point of art? An inter-generational performance investigation combining theatre, modern dance, stand up comedy, audience participation and visual digital media, the show was the winner of the Best Experimental Performance at the 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival and has toured throughout Australia.


± "The Sovereign Statement" (Oct. 17 - Nov. 23): This world premiere created by Neo-Futurists ensemble member Bilal Dardai, uses the genre conventions of political thrillers and procedurals as the Neo-Futurists explore the strange phenomenon of "micro-nations" by attempting to establish their theater as an independent state in its own right, utilizing the audience as citizens of the endeavor. Featuring rapid-fire dialogue and interlocking, simultaneous narratives taking place throughout the space, each evening Dardai and his cohorts will build the basic trappings of a modern nation while fighting against intrigue, paranoia, misinformation, politicking, and revisions to the play itself. The Sovereign Statement examines not only the birth of nations, but also the circumstances that lead to their fracture and collapse.


± "Haymaker" (May 22-June 28, 2014): The world premiere of a work created by Trevor Dawkins who examines his fascination with physical combat by staging "Tears of Shanghai," an action movie he wrote when he was 12 years old. Casting himself as Russell Dakota, a grizzled maverick evading the Nazis, Dawkins attempts to create a world where the line between right and wrong is clearly defined. Within the Neo-Futurist aesthetic, "Haymaker" is a platform to explore our urge to fight. Expect intricate staging and visceral choreography, as well as elements of high risk.


Of course, that Neo-Futurist mainstay, "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes" will still be up and running.

For additional information and tickets call: (773) 275-5255 or visit www.neofuturists.org.


On the docket for The Neo-Futurists' 2013-2014 season are two world premieres and one U.S. premiere -- all promising to think outside the box in terms of creativity and argument.

The shows, to be staged at the company's home base at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, are as follows:

± "Sweet Child of Mine" (Sept. 5-21): The U.S. premiere of a show created by Bron Batten and presented by The Neo-Futurists, in collaboration with The Last Tuesday Society of Australia. It will feature Australian performer Batten and her 60-year-old parents live onstage, discussing art, theater and what Bron actually does for a living. Their insights are earnest, poignant and at the same time, painfully hilarious, as they ask themselves and the audience, what exactly is the point of art? An inter-generational performance investigation combining theatre, modern dance, stand up comedy, audience participation and visual digital media, the show was the winner of the Best Experimental Performance at the 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival and has toured throughout Australia.


± "The Sovereign Statement" (Oct. 17 - Nov. 23): This world premiere created by Neo-Futurists ensemble member Bilal Dardai, uses the genre conventions of political thrillers and procedurals as the Neo-Futurists explore the strange phenomenon of "micro-nations" by attempting to establish their theater as an independent state in its own right, utilizing the audience as citizens of the endeavor. Featuring rapid-fire dialogue and interlocking, simultaneous narratives taking place throughout the space, each evening Dardai and his cohorts will build the basic trappings of a modern nation while fighting against intrigue, paranoia, misinformation, politicking, and revisions to the play itself. The Sovereign Statement examines not only the birth of nations, but also the circumstances that lead to their fracture and collapse.


± "Haymaker" (May 22-June 28, 2014): The world premiere of a work created by Trevor Dawkins who examines his fascination with physical combat by staging "Tears of Shanghai," an action movie he wrote when he was 12 years old. Casting himself as Russell Dakota, a grizzled maverick evading the Nazis, Dawkins attempts to create a world where the line between right and wrong is clearly defined. Within the Neo-Futurist aesthetic, "Haymaker" is a platform to explore our urge to fight. Expect intricate staging and visceral choreography, as well as elements of high risk.


Of course, that Neo-Futurist mainstay, "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes" will still be up and running.

For additional information and tickets call: (773) 275-5255 or visit www.neofuturists.org.

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