Neo-Futurists announce new season, new co-artistic director
Ensemble member Kurt Chiang joins Bilal Dardai in the troupe's artistic leadership
Fri Apr 18 2014
Photograph: Maggie Fullilove-Nugent
The Neo-Futurists have set the lineup for their 2014–15 primetime season, they announced this morning. The company also revealed that ensemble member Kurt Chiang will join Bilal Dardai in the joint role of artistic director. Chiang replaces the departing Megan Mercier.
The Neos' season begins with INFILTRATION, a preshow performance event ahead of Friday night's Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (August 8–September 24). Salonathon's Jane Beachy and Joseph R. Varisco team with Neo-Futurist ensemble member Malic White to oversee the selection of performers engaging with the intersection of the underground and the mainstream.
Sean Benjamin's Pseudo-Chum (October 16–November 22) involves a play-within-the-play about shark fishing off the coast of Australia that interrogates the motives of the playwright; Carolyn Shoemaker-Benjamin directs.
Redletter (February 19–March 28), conceived by Lisa Buscani with writer-performers Ian Belknap, Trevor Dawkins, Leah Urzendowski Courier and Dardai, examines the evolution of journalism in the digital age; it's directed by Jen Ellison.
Finally, co-creators Dan Kerr-Hobert and Phil Ridarelli have a bridge to sell you in Trust Us/Screw You (May 7–June 13), a "social experiment" exploring cons and con men.