A three-story walk up with a ground floor exclusively dedicated to dumpsters, the Standard Toykraft Theater at 722 Metropolitan Ave is beyond grimy, yet still the New York Neo-Futurists have covered the space in paper-mache insects. A completely different atmosphere from their home venue (a black box under the KGB bar on E 4th Street in Manhattan), this Williamsburg space seats a far smaller audience (barely 20 people) in church pews, the stage consisting of a sectioned off portion of floor. [click to continue….]
In high school I was interested in various forms of visual art and theater, specifically, improv and alternative theater. High5 fostered this love of mine by making countless trips to The New York Neo Futurists affordable. So, thanks! Anyway, I currently attend Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. I am a communications major and though the field is broad, I have found my niche in writing. I love the freedom and variety words provide. Words, depending on how one utilizes them, can be as vibrant as a De La Vega sidewalk chalk drawing or as gray as a rainy day. The choice is yours!
I currently work as a part-time fashion writer for an luxury online publication called RachelCHRIS (thank you, Craigslist). Though I cannot afford anything about which I write, I find pleasure in learning about high-end labels and luxurious places. Learning about luxurious items second-hand is better than not learning about them at all, right? [click to continue….]
It’s been a few years since I was in TRaC (I’m now a rising senior at gorgeous Vassar College, pursuing a B.A. in Urban Studies and Drama), but being in the city over the summer has made me think a lot about TRaC and High 5, so I figured I’d check in! (To all of you that are still in high school and/or a teenager – seriously, take advantage of the awesome High 5 Tickets while you can! Trust me, you’ll grow tired of having to beg your little sister to join you so you don’t have to pay twenty bucks to get into the Guggenheim. )
Basically, this blog post is just an excuse for me to talk about a couple random things that have come about (or almost come about) thanks to TRaC. [click to continue….]
You Are In An Open Field is a cute nerdcore musical from the New York Neo Futurists. If you are a nerd with any knowledge of gaming, this is a truly wonderful play. For those of you who aren’t, or are looking for a traditional musical, this play (while the plot might seem confusing) makes up for its thoroughly nontraditional ways by being funny and entertaining.
The play revolves around three main characters, the players; Marta, Adam, and Kevin R Free, with occasional guest spots by the Troll and the Dungeonmaster (not their listed titles, but their roles nonetheless). Marta wants to breath underwater, Adam wants to firebend, and Kevin wants to fly. [click to continue….]
The New York Neo-Futurists brings the viewer an interactive experience, in their usual style, through a dance performance called You Are In An Open Field at the HERE Arts Center. The stage is unusually video-gamed themed; upon the audience’s entrance, a computerized voice does several repetitions of the show’s title, “you are in an open field.” The tech-vibe sounds throughout the show combined with hip-hop free style rapping, engage the viewer in an amusing way.
You are in an Open Field is set in a basement from one that seems right out of That 70’s Show. The make-shift props contributed to the live quality of the play, such as boxes, buckets, volleyball(s), a dirty couch, marshmallows (which were fed to the human audience). The characters, Kevin R. Free, Martha Rainer, and Adam Smith, are total dorks. [click to continue….]
"This is the stuff that needs to be broadcast for the whole planet to enjoy. The only people who wouldn’t like it are people who live backwards lives and put shoes on their hands"
I am an addict. I’ve spent a shocking amount of time and money on my addiction, refusing to wean myself off of it. I am hooked on the euphoric drug that is Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (T.M.L.M.T.B.G.B.). You know how with most media, you can internalize everything that there is to be internalized in one sitting, with no real need to take part in it again? The New York Neo-Futurists have made sure that that will never be the case if you are to ever go see T.M.L.M.T.B.G.B. A friend invites you, you love it, come back for more, get hooked, recruit your own friends, and the circle never breaks, but only broadens.
The format of the show sounds almost like an old show from the ‘60s: there are 30 plays the 6 members wrote, they have exactly an hour to perform them, and the audience gets to choose the order. If the clock runs out before they’re done, they stop, but if they finish them all, they cheer and announce how many minutes of your time they saved. After that, they check if there are any empty seats. If they sell out, they buy everyone in the audience pizza, [click to continue….]
30 plays in 60 minutes. Can you handle it????
The New York Neo-Futurist’s Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is sixty minutes of wonderful. A jumble of crude language, Easter suits, stereotypes, pop culture references, and spaghetti molded into thirty plays, this show is what would happen if Charlie Sheen and Sarah Palin were blended together and sold as a low-fat fruit drink at an organic Mormon flea market: mind boggling. Yet, despite the actor’s entertaining antics and the ridiculous sketch titles (“Kevin and the Anthropomorphized Key-tar”), the production still conveys a humanitarian feel, a comforting moral of human cohesion through a common insanity.
Innovative from the start, to purchase tickets at the door the Neo-Futurists have you role a die and add that number to eleven, the sum being the cost of your ticket (unless you have a High 5 voucher!). [click to continue….]
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. 30 plays, ranging from happy to sad to slightly odd and confusing to a beautiful work of performance art, that The New York Neo-Futurists have written themselves. Titles include: “a play for Tina Howe,” “apple and anger,” “inquisition,” “mad libs booty am free style for you,” and… 26 more. The Neo’s are energetic acting group and from the very beginning, they set out to make you a part of their excitement.
The audience was fully interactive throughout the show, being able to choose the order of the plays by shouting a out a number from 1 to 30 from the list of plays, or menu, that they gave us (every play has a number). Audience members were pulled up on stage to dance with the cast, to fill in blanks to a song, or a cast member would go have a short conversation with a member of the audience. (Don’t be shy when you go!) [click to continue….]