'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.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.