In his solo performance, thirtynothing, Dan Fishback juxtaposes tales from the terrifying dawn of the AIDS epidemic with stories from his own more innocent childhood in those same years. As he unearths forgotten work by gay artists who died in the 80s and 90s, Fishback weaves stories from his own life through stories from theirs. Searching for role models and father figures amongst artists like Mark Morrisroe, David Wojnarowicz, David B. Feinberg, Essex Hemphill and many more, Fishback interacts with their work, dramatizing the generation gap between older and younger gay men. With insight, wit, and his characteristic dark, neurotic humor, Fishback tears open issues of sexual intimacy, mass death and cultural memory, creating an abstract theatrical landscape where the living and the dead can co-mingle and collaborate.
4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 7pm, FREE
New Museum Presents: WAITING FOR BARBARA by Dan Fishback
A Reading on the 10th Anniversary of the War in Iraq
235 Bowery, NYC, 7pm, FREE
Directed by Sam Pinkleton, Starring: Gideon Glick (Spring Awakening, Into the Woods), Erin Markey (Green Eyes, Our Hit Parade) & Chris Tyler (La MaMa's Squirts), Music Direction by Matt Katz, Produced by Caleb Hammons
Dan Fishback’s upsetting, frantic comedy Waiting for Barbara takes place on March 20, 2003—the first night of the War in Iraq. Two gay Yale seniors are waiting for the President’s daughter (also a Yale student) to bring them to “an opening night war party” on campus. She is late, so they occupy themselves with drugs, racism, and mutually assured emotional destruction.
Ten years after that night—the tenth anniversary of the war—Fishback is revisiting his 2006 play to memorialize the senseless deaths of over 100,000 casualties, and to reconsider the relationship between white gay men and the violent power structures of Western imperialism. The reading will be followed by a public conversation with Fishback about the play, the war, and ongoing debates about pinkwashing and homonationalism.