Wednesday August 19th 7PM-8:30PM, CST

$20. Class will be held online. Registration cutoff is at 6:00 PM on the day of class. Zoom link to be emailed by 6:30 PM on the day of class.

Workshop tuition and deposits are non-refundable.

What’s a Wrench, and What Does it Do?

One Online Class Session: Wednesday August 19th 7PM-8:30PM, CST

Length: 90 minutes

Class Cap: 40

Tuition $20

Instructor: Kurt Chiang


Ensemble Member Kurt Chiang leads a talk about the “wrench,” a concept and theatrical device used in The Neo-Futurists’ flagship show, The Infinite Wrench. This class is an updated version of the first Neo-Toolbox session, offering more in-class and take-away exercises on devising, creative consensus, and opening collaborative experimental space.

ABOUT THE CLASS: For over three decades, The Neo-Futurists have set out to make theater that is truthful and honest. They have done this by writing & performing original and ever-changing two-minute plays, but also with a chemistry of obstacles to heighten the nightly event. With the premiere of The Infinite Wrench in 2017, these structural elements were pinpointed, reimagined, and newly named as “wrenches,” emphasizing the unpredictability, liveness, and ritual between audience and performers in the show. In this class, Kurt Chiang leads a talk about the theory behind the wrench and the process that has driven the ensemble’s development of this particularly named theatrical device. This class is a great chance for artists and fans alike to learn more about the devising process of The Neo-Futurists, acquire ideas and tools to create and collaborate, as well as get some fresh insight and appreciation into the company’s signature work.

Curious about other online workshops? 

Check out:

8/26: Living Tabloid! With Jasmine Henri Jordan

9/2: Diatribes, Rants, and Inane Mutterings: a guide to creating the Neo-Futurist Monologue With Nick Hart

9/9: THIS ONE’S FOR THE EMOS with Joanna Jamerson

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