RETURNING TO DC: SPRING 2016
March 3, 4, 10, 17, 19 @ 8 pm
March 13 @ 4 pm
Studio 1469 in Columbia Heights (1469 Harvard St)
Tickets on sale HERE
A mother gives away her most cherished possessions and reveals her most closely guarded secrets. Other real-life characters describe their own stuff: a filled-to-bursting storage unit of train memorabilia, an art collection lost to the wrecking ball, a Moscow meeting with Paul Robeson, and a long-lost file box of knowledge.
Written and performed by John Feffer
Directed by Natalia Gleason
Image by Adwoa Masozi
Running time: 75 minutes.
REVIEWS OF STUFF
5 Stars from DC Theatre Scene: “It’s a lovely, wonderfully written, beautifully detailed, and resonant solo show that I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who will read this review,” writes Christopher Henley.
5 Stars and Pick of the Fringe from DC Metro Theatre Arts: “Thought-provoking and comedic, John Feffer’s Stuff will engage you from start to finish. Who knows? Maybe he will inspire you too,” writes Lauren Katz.
BACKGROUND ON STUFF
An article at the Washington Beacon that includes excerpts from an interview with the author
The politics of Stuff: interview at Indie Theater Now
Video excerpt on YouTube
“The Lacquer Box” — an excerpt published at Huffington Post
Sneak preview in DC Theatre Scene on the difference between stuff and shit (nod to George Carlin).
Sneak preview in DC Metro Theater Arts on the challenges of dealing with your parents’ stuff when they’re gone.
REVIEWS OF INTERROGATION
The Washington Post says that Interrogation provides “an unsettling view of reality.”
Staff pick at DC Theatre Scene. “Feffer’s familiarity with Capital Fringe is apparent, and he uses this knowledge to make the work truly immersive,” writes John Bavoso. “It’s a show that makes you uncomfortable, makes you think (both about government surveillance and the nature of being a theatre-goer), and keeps you on the edge of your seat.”
Five stars and Pick of the Fringe from DCMTA. Yvonne French says, “Interrogation is a deftly told dark comedy about a serious and timely subject that immerses the audience completely in its creative story.” Warning: some spoilers in the review….
Washingtonian selects us as one of the shows to see in the 2014 festival
REVIEWS OF THE POLITICIAN
Five stars and Best of Fringe from DC Metro Theater Arts
DC Broadway World calls The Politician a brilliant mix of theater and politics. “Go, just go….”
Hill Rag calls The Politician “another highly satisfying satire that condemns the Beltway life while resting snugly inside of it” with “a fantastic ensemble cast, whose members change roles more often than people in Washington change opinion.”
Women Around Town says “The Politician shows us what happens when the cameras stop rolling. You’ll never watch a talking head again without thinking of this play. If you missed last year’s The Pundit, don’t miss The Politician.”
Washington Speaks: The Politician “scores a big win.”
REVIEWS OF THE PUNDIT
New York: NYTheater.com
Five stars and Pick of the Fringe from DC Theatre Scene!
“Deflates its target with a sharp satiric pin,” said The Washington Post.
READ RECENT WRITINGS
- When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall – Huffington Post article on Interrogation
- Behind The Bird: DCTheatreScene.com (June 22, 2011)
- Washingtonian (July 2010): First Person: Waiting for the Curtain
- Original, full-length Washingtonian article on 2009 Fringe
- The New York Times: My Backlogged Pages
- Washington Post: Excerpt from Edible Rex
- Washington Post: Jeju Island, Paradise with a Dark Side
John Feffer works at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, where he directs the Foreign Policy In Focus project. He was recently an Open Society Foundation Fellow, retracing his steps in Eastern Europe from 23 years ago. He is the author of several books, including the novel Foamers (Scribner, 1997). You can find more about his books, his articles, and his biography elsewhere on this website.
FROM THE CREATOR OF…
- DC Theatre Scene calls The Bird “a treasure,” gives it 5 out of 5, and designates it “pick of the Fringe.”
- DCist says that “Feffer is magnetic, a born storyteller.”
- The Washington City Paper calls The Bird “a captivating personal story.”
- See a short video excerpt on Youtube.
- DC Theatre Scene gives Edible Rex its top mark
- Washington City Paper: “Edible Rex is by far my favorite.”
- See video excerpt: Youtube video
Krapp’s Last Power Point
- Pick of the Fringe 2009 (DC Theatre Scene)
- Read review of KLPP: DC Theatre Scene review
- See video excerpt: Youtube video