(update, for November 30th)
:WHAT TO DO WITH OMELETS:
I'm happy to turn-two-years-'til-40 this last day of November in 2019, and proud to take the opportunity to support what I believe to be one of the most bold, brave, punchy, high-spirited and high-impact theaters in the country -- one that I love as a fan, a collaborator, an ensemble member and an employee. The Neo-Futurists complete their 30th year this year, and I'd like to raise $750 for the organization over the weekend. If you have a second over your busy holiday weekend, please click that donate button. Thank you! ~ Kurt
READ ON for some deep-cut context, if you like:
At The Neos, my birthday is actually its own weird anniversary, as it also marks an infamous day in 2016 where a former employee and trademark holder decided to pull the rug out from under the company by announcing to the city - unbeknownst to us - that our show and our work was ending. We responded to that, saying that we were actually *not* closing, and through an incredible effort by the staff, board and ensemble, we're continuing to make our art and advance our mission on our own terms, accordingly with the mission and values of the organization as a whole.
And yes, it was on my birthday. I was at work, on a lunch break, stressing about a performance of an experimental, original form of performance I was co-creating ("The Arrow"), and I was about to take a bite into my favorite omelet at the local Swedish diner, when I got a call from the managing director to come back immediately and execute damage control on a PR firestorm the theater had never seen, and couldn't have anticipated. I ate that omelet cold a day later.
I bring this up now not to stir old tea or exploit the emotion that comes with it in order to juice some donation money, although it's a handy narrative and framing device. Really, it's just kind of funny now. And I really like that part about eating the omelet cold. But that's that. In all, I like to reflect on the memory as a day where a lot of people worked together to keep something worthwhile intact, believing it to be about more than one individual ambition. That's a rare gesture in this art form. And I'm happy to offer up my day as a milestone to that memory, that sentiment and that idea. Why the hell not. - KC
~ MORE ABOUT TIW24: A Fundraiser for The Neo-Futurists ~
The clock is ticking on 2019, and as The Neo-Futurists finish up our 30th year, we’re asking for your support in helping us raise $30,000 for 30 Years of Neo-Futurist Theater! Donate today to provide immediate, essential and activating theater for your friends, family, community, and especially for YOU, for the city of Chicago, the entire nation and the world at-large.
To read different stories of people that love what we do, Click “The Team,” and see why so many believe this to be a worthy cause. You can give to your favorite profile’s story, or simply pick at random, and you’ll be doing your part to drive the mission of The Neo-Futurists.
Want to double, triple, or quadruple your impact? Click Join, and build your own campaign page so you can start reaching out to your networks, asking them to donate to your favorite creative and artistic organization.
~ THE EVENT: December 8th, 2019 ~
The campaign continues through November into December, with the culminating event of TIW24 on December 8, 7:00PM, when The Neo-Futurist ensemble will perform 30 world premiere plays, written and rehearsed in only 24-hour’s time. This is our grand, high-octane way of celebrating all the contributions that helped reach our fundraising goals.
~ ABOUT THE NEO-FUTURISTS ~
As a non-profit arts organization, TIW24 (previously Can't Stop//Won't Stop) is the annual fundraiser of The Neo-Futurist Theater. Since 1988, the mission of The Neo-Futurists has been to create “work that embraces those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater – inspiring them to thought, feeling and action.” While the company has changed in many ways after 30 years, that mission remains consistent, pushing the art-making to move audiences that demand honest communication and reflection in an increasingly fast-paced, hyperbolic world.
We believe in art and performance that defies convention and exercises radical compassion, continually growing and changing to meet/exceed necessities of accessibility, equitability, and accountability. To make that kind of art, we depend on the support of people just like you.
All the ways you can help The Neo-Futurists:
-- Donate to TIW24 now! Or, before December 8th.
-- Join the Team, and ask your extended networks to benefit The Neo-Futurists
-- Attend the culminating of TIW24 on December 8 @ 7:00PM, at The Neo-Futurist Theater.
::You can find more info on the TIW24 fundraiser, the finale event on December 8, and "all-things Neo-Futurist," by visiting our website, or any of the links below. Thank you!::