30 plays in 60 minutes every weekend. 250 unique theatrical experiences every year!

"Drama, comedy, truth, love, expression for its own sake, sadness. I know any night will probably have all of these things. I love the bravery that goes into it, and the madness too." - Sandy K., audience member

What's T.M.L.?

Our signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.

Day. Time. Location.

Friday and Saturday at 11:30 p.m. & Sunday at 7:00 p.m. All shows will be performed at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland @ Foster. Check out our Tips for going to TML and learn everything else you need to know here (about the show, not life). Same Show Times. Different Shows, Every Time. Parental Advisory New plays for Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind are written, performed, and produced on a weekly basis by a rotating collective of ensemble members from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Generally speaking, our show hovers around a “PG-13” movie that you can’t believe didn’t get an “R” rating. On any given night you can expect to see, hear, feel, and sometimes even smell things that may be interpreted as brazen, wet, hilarious, foulmouthed, partially nude, abrasive, sticky, hot, cold, triggering, sad, and so many other things that may not always be best digested by your child. Generally speaking, children under the age of 14 are admitted to Too Much Light; at the discretion of their parent or guardian provided they are fully aware of the disclaimer above. The Neo-Futurists do not accept responsibility for anything your children take home that they didn’t carry in with them.

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This Week in Too Much Light


Written by Nick Hart

stories best told over candlelight with drinks and dancing. Premiere

Written by Leah Urzendowski Courser

minimalist hopscotch Premiere

Written by Malic White

Sex I've Never Had, or Considering Alternatives Premiere

Written by Malic White

player piano Premiere

Written by Kirsten Riiber

Surrogate Mother Premiere

Written by Kirsten Riiber

This Week's Cast

Nick Hart Returning

Ensemble 2014 – present

More About Nick

Kirsten Riiber

Ensemble 2012 – present

More About Kirsten

Leah Urzendowski Courser

Ensemble 2011 – present

More About Leah

Malic White

Ensemble 2012 – present

More About Malic

Bilal Dardai

Ensemble 2004 – present
Booking Coordinator 2009 – 2012
Artistic Director 2012 – present

More About Bilal

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Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is anything but your typical theatregoing experience. Here’s a crash course on what to expect.
Step one:

Find us.
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Get Directions

Step two:

Line up outside.
Friday at 10:45pm
Saturday at 10:30pm
Sunday at 6:30pm

Can I buy tickets in advance?

Step three:

Receive a small toy or token.
Don't lose it. It's your key to getting a ticket.

Step four:

Walk up the stairs...

Step five:

... Through the Hall of Presidents ...

Step six:

... Through the kitchen ...

Step seven:

... into the State Park.

Step eight:

Stand in the box office line.

Step nine:

Hand back your toy or token.

Step ten:

Buy your ticket.

Get $15 ready.
We don't accept credit.

Roll a die.
Take the number you roll and add nine to calculate your total ticket price.

Step eleven:

Receive a Name Tag.

Step twelve:

Get your menu.

Step thirteen:

Find a Seat.

Step fourteen:

Enjoy the show.

Step fifteen:

Tell your friends.

Step sixteen:

Repeat steps 1 - 15.