Neon Glowing New

[ONE ACT] On the eve of the millennium, a teenage girl attends her first rave and envisions a potential future that rejects the rules and restrictions of her parents' middle class values. But she soon finds that the freedom the rave promises is not just for her, in ways she finds deeply threatening.
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Neon Glowing New

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  • Scott Sickles:
    7 Sep. 2023
    I have never partaken of The Ecstacy but if it’s even half as joyous as this play, I’d be in serious trouble.

    I remember the eve of the millennium. So much anxiety. Gatton lands us in the middle of an oasis of bliss. Of hope. Of possiblity. At the end of an era where teenagers knew what checks were. And then… WOW!

    The characters are as vivid and complex as the colors on an acid trip. The heart of this play overflows, grounded in an ordinariness that demands to be overcome by unconsidered delights.

    A masterpiece.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    19 Feb. 2023
    Vince Gatton comically, earnestly, and darkly reminds audiences of the excitement of living at the edge of the new millennium. Everything is possible when the future is so close you can touch it, which is wonderful and freeing but also frightening and scary.

    And I love that his main character, Kelly, is in her teens. Her view of the world and her family has changed because of the actions in "Neon Glowing New." Some coming-of-age stories include X.
  • Jillian Blevins:
    7 Nov. 2022
    NEON GLOWING NEW captures the anxious optimism of 1999—the feeling of endless possibility mixed with anticipation of the unknown as we hurtled towards a new millennium. With great humor and nostalgia, Vince Gatton recalls how that moment in time created a unique chaos in young people and in their families.

    Having been a teen in ‘99, and now a parent who’s not nearly done finding myself, I appreciated the perspectives offered by both Kelly her gleefully dorky dad.

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    motolla theatre project's CHERRY PICKING