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New York Neo-Futurists to perform at Grinnell College on Feb. 1

Performance artists will stage a barrage of 30 plays in random order in 1 hour

Founding Ensemble Member Rob Neill, center, joins other members of New York Neo-Futurists in performing “The Infinite Wrench.”

GRINNELL, Iowa — The New York Neo-Futurists, a diverse collection of performance artists, will present their ever-changing show, “The Infinite Wrench,” on Thursday, Feb. 1, at Grinnell College. 

The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Flanagan Studio Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

The Infinite Wrench is a barrage of 30 two-minute original plays performed in random order – a theatrical race against an onstage clock set for one hour. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant or terrifying; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, “The Infinite Wrench” is the Neo-Futurists’ ongoing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. 

In addition to performing a weekly late-night show, the Neo-Futurists have produced several award winning main-stage productions, including: “Steve: A Docu-Musical,” “The Human Symphony,” and “The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill: Vol. 1, Locker #4173b.” Collectively they have been nominated for three Drama Desk Awards and more than a dozen New York Innovative Theatre Awards. In 2017 “The Infinite Wrench” won the NY IT Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production. 

The New York Neo-Futurists have received numerous rave reviews from publications such as:

  • The New Yorker: “An entertaining forum for discussing ideas.”
  • New York Magazine: “Brilliant Minimalists.” 
  • New York Theater Review: “Their brand of theatre is resonant, powerful and must-must-must see.”

Public Events performances are free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available to the public, beginning three to four business days prior to the performance, at the box office in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone reservations are not accepted, although interested individuals may call the box office at 641-269-4444 during open hours to determine whether tickets are still available.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the college’s website: Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or

Minors under age 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

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