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The Neo-Futurists present 44 Plays for 44 presidents

44 Plays for 44 Presidents. Credit: Neo-Futurists

Just in time for election season, the Chicago Neo-Futurists get presidential next month as they launch 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. The show opens Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland.

44 Plays for 44 Presidents is a chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the office so far. The 2012 production is a remount of one of the biggest prime-time blockbusters in Neo history, 43 Plays for 43 Presidents, originally produced in 2002. This year’s incarnation comes with a shiny new cast, live musicians and video under the direction of Halena Kays, Artistic Director of The Hypocrites.

In 44 Plays… mistakes and successes of our presidents are celebrated by a company of performers who take turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency. Beginning with George Washington’s almost Eden-like perfection, the scenes shift frequently between the comic and the tragic, from Ben Franklin giving Thomas Jefferson a Borscht Belt-style roast, to a polarized America in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama plays. 44 Plays for 44 Presidents not only gives a second chance to audiences who missed the first production, but it gives existing fans an opportunity to experience the show in a new way after the original has been produced around the country and is now a part of the Plays for Presidents Festival 2012.

Arrive early to shoot hoops and flex your political savvy in the “Electoral College Prep Academy”, where The Neo-Futurarium’s State Park is transformed into a basketball court, complete with political trivia and tributes to the current POTUS.

Previews: Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Regular performances continue through November 10: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. and select Sunday performances on October 14, 21, 28 and November 4 at 3:00 p.m.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for “Electoral College Prep Academy” political trivia/basketball

Tickets are $20, $10 for students/seniors with ID, or
pay-what-you-can on Thursdays

All performances take place at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland

For tickets or information, visit www.neofuturists.org or call 773-275-5255.

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