Drama department hosts first neo futurist show

What to Expect:

If you choose a hot seat: Expect to be pulled on stage, interviewed, sat on, interrogated, and much, much more.
If you choose a regular seat: Expect to ask questions, shout numbers, applaud, and dance.

After years of Shakespeare, Ludwig and Barlow, the drama department is introducing the first neo-futurist play in Decatur High history. Under the direction of Lynn Hosking, they will recreate Greg Allen’s “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” a piece created in the ‘80s during the neo-futurist movement.

The play runs 60 minutes and features 30 audience-centric skits. Audience members have the chance to directly participate by sitting in “hot seats.”

“If you sit in a hot seat, you’re going to get messed with throughout the show,” Davis Tyler, a cast member, said. “It can range from getting water thrown on your face to getting pulled up on stage.”

Additionally, audience members pick which scene the actors will perform next from a “menu” they receive at the beginning of the night. This increases audience engagement, but also makes the production random.

“We can’t predict what’s gonna come next,” Tyler said. “It’s not like any type of show I’ve ever done, but it is sort of structured mayhem. That’s really interesting for me to try to get myself into the right mindset before each scene so quickly.”

Because it is so audience-based, only half the theater will be used for seating.

“We want to have a smaller amount of people in the theater so we can have a better audience to cast relationship and break the fourth wall,” Tyler said.

Not only does the production engage the audience, but also involves its cast and crew more than a typical show. Many of the pieces were written by year three drama students last year.

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” premiered on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Additional showings are on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.


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