In late 2003, Desiree became a founding member of the award-winning New York Neo-Futurists. The company’s first performance of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind premiered in Spring of 2004. T.M.L.M.T.B.G.B. has been running for 11 years in NYC, 27 years in Chicago and 2 years in San Francisco, 50 weeks a year.
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. Company members write, direct and perform short plays that are drawn from real life while adhering to a non-illusory Neo-Futurist aesthetic. There is no fourth wall or ‘suspension of disbelief’ in Neo-Futurism; no characters will be played. Each performance is a live, irreplecable athletic and artistic event, where plays are ordered at random to be performed against the ever-progressing clock as chance, change and chaos reign.
Past and present New York Neo-Futurists also include Cecil Baldwin, Meg Bashwiner, and Jeffrey Cranor of Welcome to Night Vale, playwright Chisa Hutchinson, Def Poet Regie Cabico, the performance artists behind Fantasy Grandma and actors Dylan Marron, Lusia Strus, Michael Cyril Creighton, Flor De Liz Perez, Kevin R. Free and Roberta Colindrez.
The New York Neo-Futurists are three-time Drama Desk Nominees. They are the recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Performance Art Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards and the 2010 Caffe Cino Award. Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind received the NYIT Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production in 2006.
In 2010, New York Neo-Futurists Desiree Burch, Cara Francis & Erica Livingston presented The Soup Show at HERE Arts Center in New York City. Honoring the 30th anniversary of National Women’s History Month, the show addressed the question, ‘How far has the women’s movement moved us?’. It was a cult hit, eventually being nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award and inspiring artists such as Young Jean Lee in the creation of Untitled Feminist Show.
The Soup Show was a stand-out hit in the New York Neo-Futurists’ Primetime theatre series, which also includes The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill Vols. 1 & 2 and The Human Symphony. Directed by Lauren Sharpe, the three feminist theatre artists performed nude, in and around a hot-tub, pouring personal stories, interviews, circus acts and current and historical events into the work. From this metaphorical cauldron, the performers bottled elixirs, potions and products in a Neo-Medicine Show, presenting a raw, female and feminist experience.