#txtshow @AmPoetryMuseum (D.C. Premiere)
The final 8 performances of #txtshow at American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought have been cancelled; the decision was made following the performance on Nov. 1.
While this was a disappointing decision to have to make, D.C. audiences did have 40 chances to see the show - way more than enough - and I believe that the distinction of it being "the longest running independent production in D.C. theater history" will stand for a very long time. If any theater producer is ever foolish enough to attempt a longer weekly independent run in D.C., all I could say to them is "Good luck!"
Heartfelt thanks to all those made the trip to the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market in order to participate in the D.C. premiere, especially the two bravest journalists in D.C. - Christina Cauterucci (formerly of Washington City Paper) and Rachel Kurzius (of DCist) - for writing about their #txtshow experience.
#txtshow may have ended in D.C., but rest assured that it will continue to be presented across the U.S. and, one day soon, worldwide. This is a show made for the times we live in. Don't believe me? Next time you're on the Metro, count the number of people *not* on their phones.
Until we txt again...
P.S. If you're reading this before Nov. 15, there's still time to catch #txtshow as part of the 2015 Charm City Fringe Festival in Baltimore! Details and tickets here: http://charmcityfringe.com/tickets/2015/11/8/txtshow
The longest running independent production in D.C. theater history - "#txtshow" is an interactive performance featuring a character named txt (pronounced 'text'), who recites dialogue written anonymously by an audience in real time via Twitter.
Created and Performed by @BrianFeldman.
All audience members are instructed to bring a smartphone, ideally fully-charged, and actively use it during the show's 45 minute duration. It is not necessary to have a Twitter account in order to participate, as everyone in attendance is randomly assigned a protected and anonymous account for their use.
Based entirely upon what the audience writes in anonymity, this performance may contain mature themes, profane language and explicit sexual content.
"#txtshow" premiered at the Kerouac House (@Kerouac_Project) in Orlando, Florida in 2009, and has since been presented @barcampmiami, @Gibson_Orlando as part of @barcamporlando, @Atlantic_Center as part of #ACA134, The Telephone Museum @artandhistory as part of @ArtsFestUA, @UrbanReThink, @dcartscenter, @RobotoProject as part of @BunkerProjects #PAF14, @coveDC Capitol Hill, @LittleSalonDC (8), @WPPLibrary and @AnacostiaArts.
7:00 PM Every Sunday in 2015
American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought
716 Monroe Street NE Studio 25
Washington, D.C. 20017
(Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market)
j.mp/monroe_street_map (Google Maps)
adjacent to Brookland-CUA Metro Station on the Red Line
All tickets for #txtshow are Pay-What-You-Wish.
Call 1-800-838-3006 (Available 24/7)
or visit: txtshow.brownpapertickets.com
j.mp/txtshow_fb4 (Facebook Event)
j.mp/txt_show_docs (Media Release)
"#txtshow delivers all the breathless, anything-can-happen anticipation and nervous laughter of an improv show, but without any of the pressure to make a funny that makes a crappy improv troupe so agonizing to watch. Like a sex party, it was both exhilarating and exhausting, and it seemed to work best when we all synced our wavelengths. But at times, it was even more fun to just sit back and watch."
(Christina Cauterucci, Arts Editor - Washington City Paper)
"The concept is simple: Feldman reads aloud any anonymous tweets sent to him by the audience. The results are often as thought-provoking as they are silly - much like Feldman himself."
(Tod Caviness, Orlando Sentinel)
"Grab your smartphone and warm up those fingertips because this is your chance to share - or even better, have spoken aloud by a local notable pretty much any random, opinionated or outlandish thought you can imagine (in fewer than 140 characters, of course)."
(Aimee Shea, Orlando Weekly - Selections)
"Yes, you heard right! YOU make the "script!" Brian doesn't utter a word unless it comes to him via his phone, from the audience. As I'm sure you can guess, a concept like this can lead to a very entertaining show!"
(Erica Finlay, AMPlified Culture)
"#txtshow = AMAZING!!!! @brianfeldman put on a great, great show."
"I found myself laughing louder than ever at this performance. The uninhibited mind is a strange and quirky beast... #txtshow is a Mad Lib with an emphasis on Mad."
(Thomas Thorspecken, Analog Artist Digital World)
"Thx @BrianFeldman for the great #txtshow. Encouraging tweeps to see it."
"#txtshow held up a mirror, and in it we see the promise of instant total communications, and how it will kill us all, unexpectedly."
(Carl F Gauze, Ink 19 - Archikulture Digest)
"even with the glitches #txtshow was awesome. best part about #barcamporlando for me."
"Feldman plays a character who reads other people's text messages - while people in the audience tweet him. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, this... is not for you."
(Elizabeth Maupin, Orlando Sentinel)
HOW TO GET THERE
Biking: Metropolitan Branch Trail (metbranchtrail.com) runs directly alongside the Brookland Works building, home of the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. There are 10 bike racks directly outside of American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought, and another 24 just outside of Brookland-CUA Metro Station.
Capital Bikeshare: Nearest Docks are John McCormack Dr & Michigan Ave NE (@ CUA) (11 Docks) and 10th & Monroe St NE (11 Docks). wmata.com/rail/bikesharing_maps/CaBi.cfm?station_name=Brookland-CUA&lat=38.933234&lon=-76.994544
Metrobus: Take Route G8, H2, H4, H6, H8, R4 or 80 to Brookland-CUA Metro Station (wmata.com/rail/station_bus_maps/PDFs/Brookland-CUA Station.pdf).
Metrorail: Take the Red Line to Brookland-CUA Metro Station (wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=27). Take the CUA exit, go up the escalator, and once on street level, turn to your left and walk underneath the bridge towards the Brookland Works building. American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought will be directly in front of you (Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, Studio 25). (Remember - this is the Red Line. On a Sunday. Leave plenty of time to get to Brookland.)
Parking: Limited free street parking is located along Monroe Street NE. Metered parking is available at Brookland-CUA Metro Station. Garage parking is available within Cornerstone at Monroe Street Market (625 Monroe Street NE), with the entrance on 7th Street NE. Rates: Up to 1 hour ($1.00), 1-2 hours ($5.00). (Carpooling is strongly encouraged.)
ABOUT BRIAN FELDMAN PROJECTS
Brian Feldman is an award-winning conceptual artist, working primarily in time-based performance. The recipient of the 2011 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, he is best known for leaping off of a ladder 366 times over 24 hours ("Leap Year Day"), eating dinner on stage with his real life family - in front of paying audiences - over 40 times ("The Feldman Dynamic") and, five years prior to same-sex marriage being legally recognized in the state of Florida, legally marrying a stranger in support of marriage equality via a game of spin-the-bottle ("Brian Feldman Marries Anybody*"), in addition to the more than 100 other projects he has presented since August 2003 through Brian Feldman Projects, the premiere presenter of experimental time-based art in the nation's capital. j.mp/bfp_fb (Facebook) twitter.com/BrianFeldman (@BrianFeldman) wpadc.org/artist/brianfeldman
ABOUT AMERICAN POETRY MUSEUM AT THE CENTER FOR POETIC THOUGHT
The Center for Poetic Thought (CPT) is a collaborative space co-founded by Poet Fred Joiner and the American Poetry Museum in September 2013. The purpose of CPT is to cultivate, demonstrate, and curate the exhibition of creative work that displays the many ways that poetry occurs in American life and beyond. The space hosts poetry readings, performances, workshops, exhibits and presentations of all types that celebrate how poetry is lived every day. facebook.com/pages/American-Poetry-Museum/7940269797 (Facebook) twitter.com/AmPoetryMuseum (@AmPoetryMuseum) americanpoetrymuseum.org
American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought (View)
716 Monroe Street NE Studio 25
Washington, DC 20017
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