Political Restaging of The Fever to Benefit Philly Socialists

By: Lexi Lewis

Plays and Players Theater and Scott Rodrigue proudly present a new political re-staging of Wallace Shawn’s The Fever. Written during the waning consumerism of the first Bush era, this work is poignantly relevant today. The production offers important insight into entitlement and co-existence at a crucial time, when America’s political landscape is in rapid and unsettling upheaval.

A privileged liberal artist awakens in the middle of the night, afflicted by a growing awareness that the life he leads comes at a cost to others. Winner of the 1991 Obie Award for Best

Play, this blistering monologue sets wry and quirky humor against searing self-scrutiny. What is the extent of our accountability to a world of widespread social injustice, vast disparity of wealth, and abhorrent foreign policy?

The Fever runs from April 12 to April 22, Wednesdays through Saturdays. All shows are at 7:30 pm, at Plays and Players Theatre, in the Skinner Studio (third floor), located at 1714 Delancey Place.

This production has partnered with Philly Socialists to offer two special evenings. April 13, the second preview, will be Socialist Night, with 10% of ticket sales benefiting Philly Socialists. A “Socialist Social” at Quig’s will follow the performance. Additionally, complimentary tickets to Prommunism will be made available to all audience members who attend the closing show on April 22. Prommunism is “a fancy dress fundraiser for Philly Socialists.” It will be held at R.U.B.A. Club Ballroom, 416 Green St., from 8 pm to midnight.
“Class-Conscious Ticketing” is currently available on OvationTix, 866-811-4111 or https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/970770. Tickets start at just $1 for each performance, and prices increase as supply dwindles (like Megabus).

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