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Spring Maskrafters: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes


Submitted on February 13, 2019

If you think you have a good idea what to expect when you walk into the Georgetown College Lab Theatre, think again. The Georgetown College Maskrafters are about to turn live theatre on its head with their production of 30 Neo-Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes, by Greg Allen.

30 plays in 60 minutes? Yup. And it gets better. While not performing blind-folded or on fire—although there will be one of these elements during the show--the cast will present these 30 plays in no particular order, keeping both audience and cast on their toes. The audience dictates the order of plays in this high-octane theatrical event. Really, you must see it to believe it.  Then see it again!  No two performances will ever be the same. 

The play premiered in Chicago in 1988 and ran for nearly three decades. Casts changed, plays were added, others deleted—the show continued to evolve. People attended over and over, loving the immediacy of the audience’s relationship with the actors, the improvisational feel, the sheer unpredictability of the thing as the audience and cast face the challenge of beating the countdown clock to come in under sixty minutes. 

To Neo-Futurists, live theatre held little in common with what happened on television or in movies. A performance was only live theatre if it grabbed its audience viscerally and dragged them along for the ride, kicking and screaming if necessary. Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind demands your attention to real-time, in-your-face performance, obliterating the fourth wall and compelling the audience to become involved in the world on stage. The greater the audience’s willingness to give in to the fast-paced wackiness and play with the performers (sometimes on stage), the more fun will be had by all.

Director, Dr. Ed Smith, says his cast is certainly having a blast rehearsing the unusual production. His advice to theatre-goers? Throw away your expectations of live theatre (and wear something you don’t mind getting wet).

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind runs Thursday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre on East College Street. Curtain at 7:30 pm. but you are encouraged to be in your seat by 7 p.m. to enjoy fun and games with the cast before the performance. Ticket prices range from $1 to $4 for students; $1 to $6 for non-students. To reserve, call 502-863-8104. Note: mature content, recommended for ages 13+. For more information, contact Dr. Ed Smith at ed_smith@georgetowncollege.edu.


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