West Coast Premiere!
If you don’t like this show, it’s 50% your fault.
D.C.-based performance artist Brian Feldman brings the West Coast Premiere of one of his signature projects to 18th & Union for one night only!
#txtshow is a completely interactive performance, wherein all audience members keep their phones “on” as a mysterious character named txt (pronounced ‘text’) recites anonymous, real-time tweets written by YOU, live and in-person.
Audience members are instructed to bring their smartphones, ideally fully-charged, and actively use them 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, #txtshow may contain mature themes, profane language, and explicit sexual content.
“#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)
“It’s like a livestream at a conference, with everyone responding in real time to whatever is happening. With all of the thematic links between the tweets, it’s sometimes tough to believe that Feldman isn’t reading them out of order to emphasize the relatedness of some of the topics. He swears that he reads them as he receives them.”
(Rachel Kurzius, DCist)
“The best part is when audience members begin “intervening” in the relationships of other audience members... Which, of course, sends the first-row couple in question bursting into laughter.”
(Ron Cassie, Baltimore magazine)
“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.”
(Aimee Shea, Orlando Weekly)
“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.”
“Combined with some hilarious requests, the end result is an absurdist satire, which is never once alike. Which is why, although Feldman has been performing the show since 2009, it never gets old. In fact, he insists that it is much more relevant in today’s world than it was when the show was conceptualised.”
(Susanna Myrtle Lazarus, The Hindu)
“Like a lot of performance art, it’s an idea that sounds silly until you’re in the middle of it, feeling the energy of the room shift and morph as each member of the audience reacts to each other, like a Ouija Board planchette moving under everyone’s fingers. Pro tip: Bring your phone charger.”
(Jessica Bryce Young, Orlando Weekly)
“#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)
About Brian Feldman Projects:
Brian Feldman is an award-winning performance artist and actor. The recipient of two Arts and Humanities Fellowships in Theatre (2017, 2018) and a Projects, Events, and Festivals grant (2019) from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, a 2011 Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship (Interdisciplinary), and three grant awards from United Arts of Central Florida (2008, 2011, 2015), he has also been named Best Performance Artist by Orlando Weekly (2008, 2009) and Washington City Paper (2018). Since arriving to Washington, D.C. in 2012, he has presented work in #All8Wards and 28 D.C. neighborhoods. As DCist noted, “In a city that has an advocacy group exploring how to “make D.C. weird” – and is still struggling – Brian Feldman is a shining beacon of eccentricity.” Brian’s work has been favorably compared to Marina Abramovic, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Tehching Hsieh, and Andy Kaufman, and featured online, in print, on radio, and television. Since 2003, he has presented 300+ performances of 115+ projects at 175+ venues in 25 cities worldwide through Brian Feldman Projects, one of North America’s premiere presenters of experimental time-based art.