Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind - opens Oct. 13

30 Plays in 60 Minutes
10/4/17
By UW-Waukesha

The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s fall production, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is a night of interactive theatre, originally conceived and directed by Greg Allen of Neo Futurists Theatre-Chicago in 1988. Almost 30 years later, it is still playing today as the longest-running show in Chicago history. Soon, area residents can enjoy this popular show locally - in Waukesha!

Directed by Steve Decker, Associate Professor of Theatre and Communications, this comedy opens Friday, October 13 at UW-Waukesha in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is an ensemble experiment in presenting "30 Plays in 60 Minutes." Each two-minute play is performed in random order with an interactive audience. An onstage 60-minute timer keeps everyone honest. This collection of comic, tragic, political, personal, and abstract plays reflects the lives and experiences of the acting ensemble onstage.

Decker believes this play is a perfect selection to allow the actors to play onstage, exploring techniques of improvisation and connect with the audience. “Traditional plays are presented with a fourth wall where the audience is set apart from the audience. This theatrical experience allows the actors and audience to be a part of the theatrical experience together,” he said. Decker welcomes back guest costume designer, Jazmin Medina to the creative team for this production and notes that bringing in guest designers “helps bring our production to another level giving students the opportunity to work with designers who are dedicated and exceptional in their craft.”

Four performances of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind are planned: Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, and Thursday and Friday, October 19-20. All shows begin at 7:30pm in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, located in the Fine Arts Center on campus at 1500 N. University Dr., Waukesha. Tickets are $5 base plus the roll of a six sided dice. Admission is free to currently enrolled UW-Waukesha students. Tickets also will be sold at the door, and the box office opens an hour before each performance. All seating is general admission. A free taco could be yours if at least fifty people are in attendance. How fun is that? For ticket information, phone 262-521-5212.

Performed by a cast of ten UW-Waukesha students and community members, performers include:  

 

KarLee Berna*

Acting Ensemble

Waukesha

Jordan Burac*

Acting Ensemble

Mukwonago

Kaitlyn Downing*

Acting Ensemble

Waukesha

Ben Gienke*

Acting Ensemble

Waukesha

David Hein

Acting Ensemble

Hartland

Margot Lange*

Acting Ensemble

Waukesha

Kyla Morey*

Acting Ensemble

Oconomowoc

Tammy Rice-Bailey

Acting Ensemble

Milwaukee

Jake Schaumberg*

Acting Ensemble

Waukesha

Rachel Verhoef

Acting Ensemble

Andover, MN

Creative Team

 

Steve Decker

Director, Producer, Scene Design

Waukesha

Chelsea Greene*

Assistant Director

Waukesha

Morgan Williams

Choreographer

Milwaukee

Nicole Krickhahn*

Stage Manager

Delafield

Adam Jermain

Lighting Design, Technical Director

Madison

Jazmin Medina

Costume Design

Franklin

Jake Schaumberg

Production Assistant

Waukesha

Brittany Aiello*

Sound Engineer, board Operator

Waukesha

Madison King*

Technical Assistant, Time Keeper

Delafield

Cristian Acosta*

Shop Assistant

Waukesha

Bethany Kreiter

Box Office Manager

Waukesha

Kyle Kingston

Graphics and Poster Design

Denver, CO

 

 

 

*=current or former UW-Waukesha student 

 

 

The UW-Waukesha Lunt-Fontanne Ensemble presents a wide variety of productions, including a spring theatre production to be announced soon. The ensemble’s primary goal is education, and shows fall in all genres.

For more information about the production, contact Director Steve Decker.

 

 

Contact

Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications
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