Genre: Other
Written & Performed by Desiree Burch, Cara Francis, Erica Livingston
Directed by Lauren Sharpe

New York Neo-Futurists Desiree Burch, Cara Francis & Erica Livingston serve up a cure for what ails you in this Neo-Medicine show, performing in and around a giant pot of self-made soup. Bottling this soup, as well as a series of elixirs, potions, tonics and products, they heal and reveal the female experience live, honest and in the flesh.

Incorporating ingredients from interviews, living newspaper, personal stories, circus acts and freak shows, the women of The Soup Show ultimately feed their audiences with a question “How far has the women's movement moved us?” The fierce trio honor the 30th Anniversary of Women’s History Month, and show you why the readers of the Village Voice named The New York Neo-Futurists “The 2009 Best Performance Artists in New York.”

About the Company: New York Neo-Futurists

We are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create:

-Theater that is fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.

-Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible.

-Immediate, unreproducable events at headslappingly affordable prices.

-We embrace those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater-inspiring them to thought, feeling, and action.

Open:   03/04/10
Close:   03/27/10

Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Fridays at 7 p.m.
Saturdays at 7 p.m.
Sundays at 7 p.m.
Theater:   Here Arts Center
Address:   145 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
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Closest subway: C,E to Spring Street; south to theatre

$12 Student rush with valid I.D.
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
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is an NYC-based comedian, emcee, writer, and performer, known for work with the New York Neo-Futurists in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and for her acclaimed solo show 52 Man Pickup (four stars from Time Out NY, and The List, UK) which has been featured at Ars Nova, The Ohio Theater, Galapagos Artspace and in the New York (spotlighted by Backstage) and Edinburgh International Fringe Festivals. One of New York Magazine’s “10 People that Funny People Find Funny,” Desiree has supplied laughter for MTV, VH1, NBC News, The New York Post, Comedy Central, Huffington Post, Caroline’s, Gotham, Comix and comedy clubs around the country, and in the upcoming feature-length documentary I Heart New York. She previously hosted/curated the reading and variety Smut (“Art that should carry a Parental Advisory Label” – NY Times) and in 2008, founded The Hysterical Festival for women in comedy.


is a playwright, performer and director whose plays and performance have been seen at PS122, The Kraine Theatre, The Old Vic, The Public Theatre, HERE, The Ontological-Hysteric, The Flea Theatre, The Players Theatre, The Tank, LAVA, The Arthur Seelen Theatre, The Bushwick Star, and Galapagos Art Space, among others. Cara is a regular contributor to Sticky at the Bowery Poetry Club with Blue Box Productions and was a Spring 2009 Short Form artist at the Ontological-Hysteric. Her children's play, The Caterpillar Hunter, toured nationally with Traveling Lantern Theatre Company in 2008. Cara is a member of the New York Neo-Futurists, writing, directing, and performing in the award-winning Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.


is a performer, writer and director based in Williamsburg. Erica graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Some of her favorite credits include Pandora in Beth Henly’s Impossible Marriage; Jackie O’ in Wendy MacLeod’s House of Yes, Maureen in Topher Payne’s stage adaptation of Jo Caron’s book Stories I Ain’t Told Nobody Yet and representing the Neo-Futurists in performing week 52 of Suzan Lori Parks 365 Plays/365 Days under the direction of Joanna Settle at The Public Theater. Erica’s Improv and sketch credits include Rash Behaviour, Wink and a Gun, La theatre de la Fleur (Commedia Del Arte), South, and Capitol City Improv. She is an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists who produce the weekly show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Erica has spent her almost four years with the Neo-Futurists, not only writing, directing and performing in TMLMTBGB but also performing in their first Primetime show, Apocalypse Neo, touring and teaching workshops.


is an actor, improviser, dancer and clown who recently made the move from Chicago to New York. A classically trained ballet dancer, Lauren loves movement-based physical theater. She has studied solo clown performance with 500 Clown and co-created/performed in numerous site-specific spectacles with the ever-inventive Redmoon Theater, also appearing in two of Redmoon's full-length pieces, The Golden Truffle and The Princess Club. Lauren is also an artistic associate with The Neo-Futurists and has written, performed and collaborated on many of their shows, the critically acclaimed Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck!, Picked Up and currently, Fake Lake, a site-specific piece performed in and around a Chicago Park District pool. Since 2006, she has been a member of the fabulous Barrel of Monkeys, a company that teaches writing workshops in Chicago Public Schools. Within the company, Lauren could be found teaching, directing or performing in their public show, That's Weird Grandma. In 2007, Lauren joined the prestigious Big Apple Circus Clown Care as a hospital clown and has been enjoying her work with the team ever since. She is an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists and performs regularly in their long-running show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.