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The Neo-Futurists Celebrate Pride Month, Help Homeless LGBTQ Youth

 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes.
30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes.
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The Neo-Futurists

ANDERSONVILLE —The Neo-Futurists are once again celebrating Pride Month by putting on a four-performance benefit and donating all proceeds to a program aimed at helping LGBTQ youth beat homelessness.

The experimental theater troup's annual Pride Weekend benefit "30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes," is a special LGBTQ-themed edition of "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind," the Neo-Futurarium's signature presentation of 30 plays in 60 minutes.

The show will run from June 28-30.

The theater is turning over all proceeds from the weekend to a "host home program" run by UCAN, a social service agency, according to a news release. The program "asks trained volunteers to open their homes to unstably-housed Chicago LGBTQ youth, ending LGBTQ youth homelessness one partnership at a time," the release said. The program also links clients to stable housing and support services.

The Neo-Futurists are also asking for donations and promising to match every dollar up to $750, with a goal of raising $2,500 for the program over the weekend.

Ensemble member Malic White is acting in the shows, organizing the benefit and and serving as a liaison to UCAN. The 23-year-old Lincoln Square resident said the weekend benefit strikes a personal chord.

"I come from a background of queer organizing, and I identify as queer and trans, so it's important to me to support the community — especially the youth," he said. "It's really exciting to have an opportunity to take the theater work that I love and raise awareness and raise some money for a community I'm also a part of."

"30 Queer Plays in 60 Minutes" Schedule

June 28 at 11:30 p.m.

June 29 at 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m

June 30 at 7:00 p.m.

For more information visit the Neo-Futurists website.