Futurity

Two people try to imagine their way out of impossible circumstances in FUTURITY an avant-Americana musical by indie band The Lisps.

Julian is a Civil War soldier dreaming of a technological utopia. Ada is a mathematical genius thousands of miles away. Together, they’re going to invent a machine to end one of the darkest periods in our history. An electrifying concert-story featuring an army of thirteen musicians.

Featuring: César Alvarez, Andrew R. Butler, Fred Epstein, Eric Farber, Eamon Goodman, Karen Evans Kandel, Kristine Haruna Lee, Mia Pixley, Jessie Shelton, Kamala Sankaram, Darius Smith, Storm Thomas, and Sammy Tunis.

Choreography: David Neumann; Set Design: Emily Orling and Matt Saunders; Percussion and Contraption Design: Eric Farber; Lighting Design: Yi Zhao; Costume Design: Emily Orling;  Sound Design: Matt Tierney; Props: Noah Mease;  Fight Choreography: J. David Brimmer; Music Direction: César Alvarez; Dramaturg: Jackie Sibblies Drury; Story Development and Additional Text: Molly Rice; Production Stage Manager: Terri K. Kohler; Casting: Doulin + Sharky; Illustration: Adam Hayes; Graphics: Studio Usher.

All performances take place at The Connelly Theater, 220 E. 4th Street (between Avenues A and B).

Follow The Lisps here and listen to the FUTURITY concept album on SoundCloud.

99-cent Sunday tickets for FUTURITY will be offered on October 11 and October 25. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to each performance. 99-Cent Sundays for FUTURITY are sponsored by Jody Falco & Jeffrey Steinman.

Limited rush tickets ($30 or $20 for students with valid ID) are available for most performances on a first-come, first-served basis and are distributed 15-minutes prior to each performance.

FUTURITY was developed, in part, through a commission from Walker Arts Center. FUTURITY was originally produced in 2012 by the American Repertory Theater.

Support for this production provided by the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre and:

NEA

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13 Responses to “Futurity”

  1. […] programmer, and who’s the subject of an upcoming play by Lauren Gunderson. (Ada also figures into a current show in New York.) But one does not imagine that Charles Babbage, the 19th-century inventor whose computing machine […]

  2. […] such things. The promotional postcard that you receive in the mail if you happen to be on either Soho Rep or Ars Nova’s mailing list also describes the show as a ‘concert-story,’ which is intriguing […]

  3. […] found a musical called Futurity that looks really cool – and there’s a special Sunday promo with the chance of 99¢ […]

  4. […] ‘Futurity‘ is written by César Alvarez with music by Alvarez and The Lisps, and directed by Sarah Benson, in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays. With choreography by David Neumann, set design by Emily Orling and Matt Saunders, percussion and contraption design by Eric Farber, lighting design by Yi Zhao, costume design by Emily Orling, sound design by Matt Tierney, props design by Noah Mease, fight choreography by J. David Brimmer, music direction by César Alvarez, and dramaturgy by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Featuring César Alvarez, Andrew R. Butler, Fred Epstein, Eric Farber, Eamon Goodman, Karen Kandel, Kristine Haruna Lee, Mia Pixley, Jessie Shelton, Kamala Sankaram, Darius Smith, Storm Thomas, and Sammy Tunis. […]

  5. […] ingredients of “Futurity”, a new off-Broadway show, promise a noble failure. Like clowns in a snug car, the story crams […]

  6. […] mixture of “Futurity”, a new off-Broadway show, guarantee a eminent failure. Like clowns in a cosy car, a story crams […]

  7. […] Rep and Ars Nova have combined forces to co-produce Futurity, which makes a lot of sense. Soho Rep perennially produces bold new theatrical voices, and Ars Nova […]

  8. Kevin Knapp says:

    I come up to the City every 5 to 6 weeks for therapy for my neck I see one or two on and off Broadway plays / musicals, and Futurity is by far THE BEST show I’ve seen EVER!!

    I served 28 years in the Army – 14.5 as a Green Beret – and am a Civil War Balloon Corps historian (I smiled at the mention of the balloon early in the play). Futurity is original, thought provoking, and very entertaining. If I were staying in the City longer I’d see it again and have recommended it to friends who live here and near.

    Thank you and Congratulations to the cast and crew for a job well done!

    Kevin Knapp
    Nokesville, Virginia

    • Soho Rep. says:

      Dear Kevin,

      Thank You for your wonderful response to the show! We are really glad you enjoyed it, and particularly heartened to hear that it struck a chord in your military background.

      We’d be happy to see you again at another Soho Rep. production soon.

      With Best Wishes,
      Soho Rep.

  9. […] Rep and Ars Nova have combined forces to co-produce Futurity, which makes a lot of sense. Soho Rep perennially produces bold new theatrical voices, and Ars Nova […]

  10. sam geller says:

    I had seen the production of Futurity at ART in Cambridge and loved it.My daughter had gotten me a tee shirt and the album then and I have enjoyed the music countless times uplifting my spirits. The play resonated with me even the Phil Oaks after the show. My daughter got tickets to the New York Performance. I really enjoyed the show again which had significant changes. One the physical separation of Ada at Cambridge influenced the play as did the episodes of comic banter between Ada and Julian in New York.I loved the new egg song and appreciated the change from my perspective of the ending in that the machine did not fail but humans did. Maybe the change implies that the machine may yet end war or at least lessen conflict, probably not in my lifetime but maybe in my daughters. Again I thought the show was outstanding and I wish all the participants best of luck

    • Soho Rep. says:

      Hi there. Thank You for you really thoughtful comments. We are glad you have enjoyed FUTURITY over the years and that you were able to come to NYC to see it in its most recent iteration.

      Thanks for your support!

      Soho Rep.

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