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Neo-Futurists Get Out And Proud To Support Local Charity

By Sophie Day in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 26, 2015 2:45PM

The Neo-Futurists are no strangers to our site. The fantastic local theater group creates one of a kind, provocative pieces on a weekly basis, with special shows going on every few weeks. Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, is an interactive stage experience that allows the audience to control the show as the Neos try to perform thirty short plays in one hour.

For one weekend a year, in honor of Pride Month, the show takes on a whole new meaning. 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes will be performed this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the troupe's home theater. The basic format remains the same, but the subject matter will seek to "combine queer and gender binary-smashing plays from the past with new work to benefit and support local LGBTQ organizations."

In the ten years or so that it's been around, the Pride Month event has chosen a few different organizations to spotlight, with all proceeds from the show (between $3,000 and $4,000 a year) going directly to the charity.

This year's beneficiary is The Night Ministry, which seeks to provide housing and healthcare for people struggling with homelessness. In an interview one of the Neos, Kirsten Riiber, said that The Night Ministry is an especially poignant choice because they really hope that their show is able to speak to the many faces of the queer experience, one of which being that when the partying and parades are over, some people don't have anywhere to go. "We challenge ourselves to report on the world that we see and share perspectives…It’s an important part of all of our lives whether we identify as queer or not," said Riiber.

30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes will have showings Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 at 11:30 p.m. as well as one Sunday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost $25 with all proceeds going to The Night Ministry. Tickets may be purchased online and pre-ordering your tickets is strongly encouraged.