A three-story walk up with a ground floor exclusively dedicated to dumpsters, the Standard Toykraft Theater at 722 Metropolitan Ave is beyond grimy, yet still the New York Neo-Futurists have covered the space in paper-mache insects. A completely different atmosphere from their home venue (a black box under the KGB bar on E 4th Street in Manhattan), this Williamsburg space seats a far smaller audience (barely 20 people) in church pews, the stage consisting of a sectioned off portion of floor. [Read more…]
In high school I was interested in various forms of visual art and theater, specifically, improv and alternative theater. High5 fostered this love of mine by making countless trips to The New York Neo Futurists affordable. So, thanks! Anyway, I currently attend Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. I am a communications major and though the field is broad, I have found my niche in writing. I love the freedom and variety words provide. Words, depending on how one utilizes them, can be as vibrant as a De La Vega sidewalk chalk drawing or as gray as a rainy day. The choice is yours!
I currently work as a part-time fashion writer for an luxury online publication called RachelCHRIS (thank you, Craigslist). Though I cannot afford anything about which I write, I find pleasure in learning about high-end labels and luxurious places. Learning about luxurious items second-hand is better than not learning about them at all, right? [Read more…]
It’s been a few years since I was in TRaC (I’m now a rising senior at gorgeous Vassar College, pursuing a B.A. in Urban Studies and Drama), but being in the city over the summer has made me think a lot about TRaC and High 5, so I figured I’d check in! (To all of you that are still in high school and/or a teenager – seriously, take advantage of the awesome High 5 Tickets while you can! Trust me, you’ll grow tired of having to beg your little sister to join you so you don’t have to pay twenty bucks to get into the Guggenheim. 😉 )
Basically, this blog post is just an excuse for me to talk about a couple random things that have come about (or almost come about) thanks to TRaC. [Read more…]
You Are In An Open Field is a cute nerdcore musical from the New York Neo Futurists. If you are a nerd with any knowledge of gaming, this is a truly wonderful play. For those of you who aren’t, or are looking for a traditional musical, this play (while the plot might seem confusing) makes up for its thoroughly nontraditional ways by being funny and entertaining.
The play revolves around three main characters, the players; Marta, Adam, and Kevin R Free, with occasional guest spots by the Troll and the Dungeonmaster (not their listed titles, but their roles nonetheless). Marta wants to breath underwater, Adam wants to firebend, and Kevin wants to fly. [Read more…]
The New York Neo-Futurists brings the viewer an interactive experience, in their usual style, through a dance performance called You Are In An Open Field at the HERE Arts Center. The stage is unusually video-gamed themed; upon the audience’s entrance, a computerized voice does several repetitions of the show’s title, “you are in an open field.” The tech-vibe sounds throughout the show combined with hip-hop free style rapping, engage the viewer in an amusing way.
You are in an Open Field is set in a basement from one that seems right out of That 70’s Show. The make-shift props contributed to the live quality of the play, such as boxes, buckets, volleyball(s), a dirty couch, marshmallows (which were fed to the human audience). The characters, Kevin R. Free, Martha Rainer, and Adam Smith, are total dorks. [Read more…]