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re: James Ijames-directed Fairview in Philadelphia (major spoilers)
Last Edit: Shutterbug 01:12 pm EDT 06/20/22
Posted by: Shutterbug 01:10 pm EDT 06/20/22
In reply to: re: James Ijames-directed Fairview in Philadelphia (major spoilers) - TimDunleavy 10:32 am EDT 06/20/22

Tim,
I don’t know if this will be helpful to you or not, but I found the “audience participation” not anxiety producing at all. I haven’t seen this production, but when I saw it in NY, this is what I remember: Toward the end of the show, one of the characters asks all of the white audience members to come forward and join her on the stage. Once everyone is on stage, she delivers a monologue and then everyone returns to their seats. No one is singled out, and no one is asked to say anything. It’s just the white audience members standing together en masse on the stage while the actor delivers her monologue.

And…no one is forced to participate. At the show I attended, several white audience members chose to stay seated. It was all voluntary.

I share this just to say don’t let the idea of audience participation hold you back from seeing the show. It is a very affecting piece of theater and gives you a lot to think about afterwards. I really enjoyed it.

This was several years ago. If my memory is faulty or others had a different experience, please feel free to correct me. I don’t recall it being anxiety provoking like speaking in front of a crowd or being singled out as an individual would be. Just my two cents.
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