The world premiere of NeoNatalSweetPotato by Neo-Futurist Ayun Halliday runs Feb. 6-21 at The Los Kabayitos Puppet Theatre on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
NeoNatal, written and starring Halliday, recreates the first two weeks in the life of her daughter, India Reed Kotis. Utilizing puppets, recorded messages from concerned family members, and yams, Halliday recreates the experience of baby India being rushed to the NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit for an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) procedure, CAT scan, spinal tap and other fun things you never want ot see happen to your newborn baby.
Halliday's fears about the hospital staff and the condition of her newborn manifest themselves in strange fantasies: "You know what they do during an MRI, don't you?" she writes. "They shear the top of the skull off with a laser and then they scoop out a tiny bit of the brain and eat it."
Halliday is an ensemble member of the Neo-Futurists, best known for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 original plays in 60 minutes. In addition to her eight-year history in Too Much Light, Halliday has written and performed two solo pieces with the Neo-Futurists, Farang and Bagel: Anatomy as Simile.
NeoNatalSweetPotato is playing, February 6-21 at The Los Kabayitos Puppet Theatre, for reservations call (212) 260-4080 ext.14. -- By Sean McGrath