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FUTURITY: A Musical by the Lisps

Walker Commission

Part of 2011-2012 Performing Arts Season

“Melodramatic, witty, inventive and downright intoxicating. I was not fully prepared for the sheer genius that is FUTURITY.” —Music Slut

Following in the tradition of John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Brooklyn indie rockers the Lisps seized upon a crazy notion that evolved into a DIY musical. The group hatched their idea for a musical more than four years ago, honing it in New York rock clubs before taking it to the theater.

FUTURITY tells the story of a soldier’s quest—inspired by Lord Byron’s brilliant daughter, Ada Lovelace—to save humans from themselves by inventing an omnipotent, steam-powered “brain.” Melding the Civil War with sci-fi and American folk with avant-rock, the Lisps have crafted a unique and compelling portrait of war, human imagination, and technological hubris.

The show arrives at the Walker from its much-anticipated premiere at the American Repertory Theater.

Funding

Commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Producers’ Council members Leni and David Moore, Jr./The Moore Family Fund for the Arts of The Minneapolis Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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