Surreal Trip Through a (Real) Brewery in The Neo-Futurists' Comedy Beer
The last date listed for Beer was Friday, Mar. 20, 2009 / 8:00pm.
The Neo-Futurists present their second site specific show of the year, Beer, at the newest brewery in Chicago, Metropolitan Brewery.
Ten-year-old Boon and his caustic buddy, Puke, learn the tricks of the brewing trade in this “Wizard of Oz meets Sesame Street” presentation by The Neo-Futurists. When Boon passes out after drinking his stepdad’s beer, he finds himself in a strange land of puppet friends where he needs to successfully brew beer to find his way home. The Beer Geeks are part musicians and part Greek chorus as they guide Boon and Puke through the brewing process. Along the way, these champions of handcrafted beers must defend the principles of microbrewing from Bud Miller and the people of Milweiser. Audiences are sure to learn the differences between lagers, ales, stouts, porters and pilsners.
Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda have been exploring the art of beer and its effects for quite some time. Along the way, they founded the Drinking and Writing Brewery, a side performance project that delves into the alcohol-fueled writing binges of their personal heroes.
Mosqueda states, “Sean and I have always felt that beer is art. We created the Drinking & Writing Brewery to celebrate art, bringing together artists of all mediums, including brewers. This play was written to share the story of craft beer with the masses. To give something back for all that craft beer has given us, including the hangovers.”
Writers and creators, Benjamin and Mosqueda, have been Neo-Futurists for over ten years, working on multiple prime-time shows including The Santa Abductions, SEX!, Devolution, Missing Parts, Drinking & Writing, and others. The duo also co-created The Drinking & Writing Brewery, Radio Show and Festival.
Artistic Director, Bernie McGovern, and co-director, Dan Kerr-Hobert, also serve as puppet designers. Both created the shadow puppets for Sean Benjamin’s Poker Night at the White House, presented by The Neo-Futurists in 2007. New ensemble member Caitlin Stainken serves as Assistant Director.
Neo-Futurist ensemble members Ryan Walters and Eliza Burmester portray Boon and Puke, respectively. Walters was last seen with the Neo-Futurists in Fake Lake. An ensemble member since 2002, he has created Daredevils, the first ever Neo-Futurist live stunt show! and Picked Up! Burmester is a student of dell’arte and mime. She has worked with companies including Kapoot Clown Theatre, greasy joan and co., and Oak Park Festival Theatre.
The Beer Geeks are led by Musical Director, Laura McKenzie, who is an ensemble member of both Factory Theatre and Barrel of Monkeys. Kurt Chiang serves as a Beer Geek and Bud Miller after recently designing sound for A Very Neo-Futurist Christmas Carol. Other Beer Geeks include Curtis Williams, Mike Pryzgoda and Brandon Campbell.
The Metropolitan Brewery is owned and operated by Doug and Tracy Hurst. After 20 years of home brewing and studying the art in Germany, Doug enlisted the help of his business minded wife, Tracy, to help him start their own brewery with a foundation in German lagers. Additional information about Metropolitan Brewery can be found at www.metrobrewing.com.