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The Pride Show

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Cecil Baldwin
June 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Playwright/Performer.

What is your show about?
The Pride Show is a benefit performance of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind featuring 30 short plays performed in 60 minutes, in which all proceeds go to help LGBTQ advocacy in Uganda.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I love theater that is both immediate and accessible to the audience on any given night. As Neo-Futurists, we strive to create plays that are both universal and auto-biographical-- expressing our individual points of view with total candor and honesty in the hope that someone in the audience will relate to the stories we tell.

Who is more important in the theater: the actor, the playwright, or the director?
Neo-Futurists are all three simultaneously! We write, cast, direct and perform our own work every week in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. There is a strong bond within our ensemble of artists that allows us to support, provoke and inspire each other to push the boundaries of our individual work every week.

Do you think the audience will talk about your show for 5 minutes, an hour, or way into the wee hours of the night?
This is our special Gay Pride edition of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. It includes 30 plays that are performed in rapid-fire succession. Yes, they're all short, but each one packs a punch. Some of them will be silly, or sexy or maybe even shocking-- but you can guarantee that all of them will be FABULOUS! I hope that every audience member, gay or straight, will walk away from this show and feel a sense of pride and community that we all share as New Yorkers, as Americans and as humans.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
Definitely Surprising. Within 60 minutes, we attempt to perform 30 short plays that are extremely diverse. You may be laughing one minute, crying the next and want to get up on your feet and dance before the night is over. It's always unpredictable... kind of like life itself.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
For this week's performance, all the proceeds go directly to the Global Fund for Human Rights, specifically to support LGBTQ rights in Uganda. The gay men and women of Uganda face devastating, government-sanctioned penalties for being openly homosexual. As theater artists, we feel it is important to take one week out of the year to remember that our gay brothers and sisters need our help.