Christopher Loar is the creator and director of “The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill” produced by New York Neo-Futurists. Loar adapts large bodies of work for the stage, in this case O’Neill’s multitudinous stage directions, by “Completing” an exhaustive study of vast material, and, using the intuition of the ensemble, “Condenses” them down into relatively short, digestible entertainment for an audience.
Previous performances include The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volume 1: Early Plays / Lost Plays, WORLD PREMIERE: The Kraine Theater, September-October, 2011. Previous residencies include Short Form Artist, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Incubator Arts, NYC, 2009; and Artist-in-Residence for the Half-Century Summit (With NYNF), Americans for the Arts, Baltimore, MD, 2010. Past awards include Drama Desk Nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience for The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill Vol 1 Early Plays/Lost Plays, New York City, 2012; 5 Innovative Theater Award Nominations for The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill Vol 1 Early Plays/Lost Plays, New York City, 2012, including Outstanding Performance Art Production, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Sound Design.
During the Swing Space residency, Loar and NYNF will continue to develop Complete/Condensed O’Neill Volume 2, an adventure into the subconscious of America’s greatest playwright (Eugene O’Neill) by removing his dialogue and condensing his plays down to pure action (the stage directions, and only the stage directions.)
The New York Neo-Futurists are an ensemble of dynamic writer/performer/directors who are best known for their critically acclaimed, energetic show of original short plays, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. A non-illusory collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental, Too Much Light endeavors to tell dynamic stories while embracing chance, change, and chaos. After a grand re-birth in the city in 2004, NYNF has created over 3100 new plays, and continues to present award-winning, topical and vital work every weekend at the Kraine Theater and around the New York independent theater community.
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