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Dishwasher (St. Pete Tour)
Sat, April 29, 2017, 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM EDT
Brian Feldman’s first-ever job was as an actor. His second? Dishwasher at a fast-food restaurant chain.
This April, when not making 100% fresh squeezed Florida orange juice at the Morean Arts Center, award-winning performance artist Brian Feldman brings his one-of-a-kind, Pulitzer Prize-submitted Dishwasher performance to St. Pete – taking place in your home!
At a mutually agreed upon time, Brian will go your home (Must be in St. Petersburg, FL) and hand wash the dirty dishes in your kitchen sink using the hottest water he can endure. Once completed, you will hand him a monologue of your choosing which he will cold read on the spot. Finally, Brian will ask you a simple question: “Am I a better actor or dishwasher?” After receiving your answer, he will depart your home; posting the verdict on social media.
Only 14 tickets are available for the St. Pete tour of Dishwasher (one per day).
When Is It?
April 1 - 30, 2017 (14 shows only)
Showtime is negotiable. One performance per day at a time mutually agreed upon between Brian Feldman and the ticket buyer. Showtime listed on the ticketing page is to indicate date only. Performance is not confirmed until you arrange your actual showtime with Brian Feldman, who will contact you directly via email (or text, if purchased day of show) to discuss possible showtime, following your ticket purchase. (Online sales end daily at 11:00 PM. If no ticket is purchased by that time, there is no Dishwasher that day.)
Where Is It?
Your Home (Must be in St. Petersburg, FL)
How Much Is It?
$10.00 per attendee ($50.00 minimum)
Available at brianfeldman.com
There is no discounted rate if there are less than 5 attendees. If there are more than 5 attendees, each additional attendee costs $10.00 (payable by cash or check at event’s conclusion). Dishwasher has been performed for audiences of 1-30+. (Read the reviews below to decide for yourself if this is a good deal.)
“Dishwasher might seem like an odd premise for theater, but it is not out of character for Feldman, who has made a career out of a series of similarly interactive and bizarre projects. His endurance work follows in the tradition of great performance artists such as Tehching Hsieh and Marina Abramović, but it’s more playful...”
“Don’t get me wrong – this endeavor is certainly abnormal, but long after our dishwasher left, my roommates I sat about, dirtying more dishes with over-easy eggs (and missing our washer), discussing central questions of life and art and where lies the divide. By tidying a few kitchens over the next few weeks, Feldman is challenging the very definition of reality.”
“The 18 patrons who scored tickets to Dishwasher should consider themselves among the festival elite. This performance is, unsurprisingly, the most talked about show this summer. However, rest assured that Dishwasher will leave its mark on Washington not for having an eyebrow-raising concept, but for being intimate, engaging, and delightful.”
“I hate washing dishes and love conceptual art, so this was a no-brainer.”
“Finally, a Fringe show in my house! ... Think Chris Burden without a gun, think Mel Brooks meets Marina Abramović meets Spalding Gray meets Andy Kaufman and you’ll meet Brian Feldman...”
“(★★★★★: Best of the 2015 Capital Fringe) The monologue I chose for Brian to read (at my mother’s suggestion) was a passage from Yeats’ “Celtic Twilight,” very much about music and magic. He looked it over a few times, and then delivered it tremendously well to a quiet and rapt audience of otherwise very noisy people.”
“A dozen people gather at a little house near Front and South streets. A pile of pots and plates waits in the sink. Though held up by a nearby murder, Brian Feldman is on his way to clean the dishes and cold read a monologue of the host’s choosing. This is Dishwasher, existential theater at its finest.”
“I’ve followed Feldman from one unconventional venue to another, including IKEA, Walt Disney World’s Carousel of Progress and the Loving Hut vegan restaurant. About the only thing I hadn’t done was invite him into my own abode for a performance. Well, I can now tick another box on my bizarro bucket list, because last week my house was transformed into a stop on the Orange County tour of Brian’s acclaimed conceptual experiment, Dishwasher.”
“Several of Brian’s friends were [in attendance] and they joked with Brian as he did the dishes. When it came time to vote, they decided he was a better dishwasher. The rest of the audience voted for his acting.”
“(★★★★★: Pick of the Fringe) My answer to my editor’s question (rate the experience on a scale of one star to five stars) will be five stars. I like that there’s nothing comparable to this in the festival. I liked that I didn’t have to do my dishes Monday night. I liked not having to leave my house for the show. I liked not having to dress up or wear shoes. I like that it got me thinking meta-thoughts about performance. I like being in a very exclusive group, the eighteen Dishwasher viewers. We few. We happy few.”
About Brian Feldman Projects
Brian Feldman is “Orlando’s greatest living performance artist.”* The recipient of a 2017 Arts and Humanities Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (Theatre), a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (Interdisciplinary) and three grant awards from United Arts of Central Florida (2008, 2011, 2015), 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 115 other projects he has presented since August 2003 through Brian Feldman Projects, one of North America’s premiere presenters of experimental time-based art. *according to Orlando Weekly
What happens after I purchase my ticket?
Following ticket purchase, Brian Feldman will be in contact via email as soon as possible to confirm your show date and negotiate a showtime. This email will contain pretty much all the pre-show information you’ll need, so make sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book so that it doesn’t go to your Spam folder. If purchased day of show, you will receive a text message (if you provide your phone number).
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Minimum age to book a performance is 18. However, since this performance takes place “in your home” (which must be in St. Petersburg, FL), there is no minimum age requirement to be an attendee. Previous performances have included attendees ranging in age from <1-80+.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
As this performance takes place “in your home,” transportation and parking options are subject to each host’s individual living situation. That stated, Dishwasher has been performed in tiny basement apartments, Airbnb rentals, multimillion-dollar homes and everywhere in between.
What can I bring into the event?
An open mind. Other than that, each host stipulates the number of attendees, dishes to be washed and monologue to be performed.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email: email@example.com, Subject: Dishwasher (St. Pete Tour) Questions
What’s the refund policy?
There are no refunds. If a performance is unable to take place on the date for which it is booked, for any reason whatsoever (including illness, weather, etc.), it will be rescheduled at the performer and host’s earliest convenience.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
There is no need to print anything other than your chosen monologue, if not in a previously published form (book, script, handwritten, etc.).
Can I update my registration information?
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Tickets are transferrable, and may be given as gifts. However, contact information for the new registration must be provided in order for Brian Feldman to coordinate the showtime and performance location.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
Yes. However, to reiterate the previous question regarding transferrable tickets, contact information must be provided in order for Brian Feldman to coordinate the showtime and performance location.