Primetime Show History

The Arrow, for one night only

January 12 2018

The Arrow, is an enlivened reading series that subjects written true stories to spontaneous interruptions. Created by Neo-Futurist Ensemble Members Kurt Chiang and Lily Mooney.

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Burning Bluebeard

December 27 - 31 2017

Inspired by the true story of Chicago’s 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each performance is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago’s rich history.

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Red Wrench: Real Plays, Fake Blood

October 30 2017

The Neo-Futurists brutalize the senses with Red Wrench: Real Plays, Fake Blood, a special Halloween horde of short plays performed in 60 merciless minutes. Plays that explore the macabre, the strange, the unknowable terrors in the back of your mind. Expect dark humor, heavy metal and existential dread and, of course, candy.

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The Food Show

July 27 - September 2 2017

*All Performances just down the street from Metropolitan Brewing's New Avondale Location at 3031 N. Rockwell.* What does it mean to change a family recipe? The Food Show, created by Dan Kerr-Hobert with the help of his cousin and Neo-Futurist alum Caitlin Stainken, explores how food brings us together and sets us apart.

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Neo-Lab presents: Tangles & Plaques, the Final Workshop Presentation

Thursday, June 15th at 7:30pm

Tangles & Plaques attempts to demystify the experience of dementia in the language of theatre— offering a vivid, poignant, participatory experience that is unique to each audience and different every performance. We've been working on it for a year now...don't miss this Final Workshop Performance.

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The? Unicorn? Hour?

April 6 - May 20 2017

In The? Unicorn? Hour? Leah and Anthony invite you into a space to discover and grow joy in an atmosphere where joy can float freely. Inspired by childhood favorites "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" and "Peewee’s Playhouse", this show aims to help you remember that we can find the core fantastical world of joy and adventure within ourselves.  Joy is an active choice, and it simply requires a shift of your own perception of the world around you.

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Neo-Lab presents: Tangles & Plaques, The Second Showing

March 11th, 7:30pm

In its second showing, Tangles & Plaques continues the attempt to demystify the experience of dementia in the language of theatre — offering a participatory experience that is unique to each audience and different every night. Ensemble Member Kirsten Riiber and Memory Care Director Alex Schwaninger conduct a symphony of impossible tasks and egregious forgery; with the audience's help, the cast interrogates the idea that a memory can be re-created and become more meaningful when shared with a room full of strangers.

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The Arrow Cleans House ::: Sundays @ 3pm in February

February 5 - 26 2017

After a year of one-night-only performances (like The Arrow Quits Smoking, The Arrow Cracks, The Arrow etc etc...), The Arrow launches into its next run (round? iteration? episode? chapter? apartment?) entitled as The Arrow Cleans House, featuring weekly shows in February, every Sunday at 3pm. Created by ensemble members Kurt Chiang & Lily Mooney, The Arrow subjects written essays to spontaneous interruptions, complications, absurdity and horse(& bird)play.

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Saturn Returns

October 13 - November 19 2016

Tif Harrison’s Saturn Returns, A Neo-Lab production, ventures boldly into the cosmic unknown after a full year of public workshops supported by The National Endowment for the Arts.

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Mike Mother

April 28 - June 4 2016

CLOSING WEEKEND. Exploring the tension between fiction and non-fiction, Jessica Anne’s Mike Mother weaves theater, writing, and film into the lies that cripple memories, the truth that haunts our tales, and all the gaps in between. Mike Mother is a poetic dumpster dive into Jessica Anne's childhood, a lyrical picture of motherhood thrown to the wolves. Equal parts psychological thriller, live-action-film, and genre-bending performance, Mike Mother laser-focuses Jessica Anne's signature style into a torrent of language that slices away at her past in an attempt to create something new.

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The Infinite Wrench Showtimes:

  • 11:30pm on Fridays
  • 11:30pm on Saturdays
  • 7:00pm on Sundays
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