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'Too Much Light ...' Shines Again at O'Kane Theatre


By Sheryl E. Taylor

“Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes” made its debut on the O’Kane Theatre’s stage in the spring of 2018 and has become an annual tradition.

Greg Allen’s original play was the longest running show in Chicago history. In 2018, there 94 productions worldwide. Once again, the playwright and director has come back to UHD since its premiere on the O’Kane stage in 2018.

Allen describes the play exemplifying the heart and soul of Neo-Futurism.

“Everything we do on stage is actual. The actors' use their own names and speak from their own personal lives and truths. We create actual interactive events with the audience through contemporary issues—social, political, dreams—a reflection of our actual lives,” said the Chicago native. “And, we see what happens. It's not this suspension of disbelief of another place, character or another story written by dead white people. We respond to current events…a living newspaper that is constantly changing with the times."

“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes” at the O'Kane Theatre from Feb. 17 to 22 with lunchtime theatre performances at 1:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday evening curtain call at 7:30 p.m. All performances are free.

The O’Kane Theatre’s final spring production is “The Stories of Us” on April 8.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.