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#txtshow (on the internet)

Brian Feldman Projects

September 9-September 27

2021 Fringe Festival

55 minutes


The Internet

Nearing the end of a 12-country, 36-city, 175-show virtual world tour (during a global pandemic), performance artist Brian Feldman (DishwasherVFFWawa® Shabbawa) brings his critically acclaimed, award-winning project back to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival for “An experience unlike anything in live theater.” – DC Metro Theater Arts This crowdsourced, immersive, multiscreen performance features a mysterious character named txt (pronounced “text”) who recites a script written anonymously in real-time by YOU! It’s the best show you’ll write all year.


Created and performed by Brian Feldman, this LIVE, interactive performance takes place on Zoom, originating from his home in Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.

This project was supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

“In the year of virtual Fringe, I was hoping for at least one show that fully embraced the digital medium. I got my wish with #txtshow.” – Asheville Stages

“I’ve spent a lot of time on Zoom in 2020, and can’t recall an hour anywhere near as entertaining as this curious Fringe experiment.” – Australian Arts Review

“Tests the limits of theater as a form and plays with the boundaries of the performer-spectator relationship.” – No Proscenium

“It isn’t often that I feel completely disoriented as an audience member; it’s kinda fun.” – The Munro Review

“Such an intriguing and innovative concept.” – The Greater Manchester Reviewer

“It’s all very postmodern. It’s all very fun.” – Thinking Theater NYC

“The wackiest virtual gathering I’ve been a part of all year.” – Cincinnati CityBeat

“A golden case study for modern communication scholars.” – Washington City Paper

“If you MUST do a show online, #txtshow might be the archetype.” – Ink 19



Thursday, Sep 9, 2021 – 4:00pm

Sunday, Sep 12, 2021 – 2:00pm

Monday, Sep 13, 2021 – 8:30pm

Friday, Sep 17, 2021 – 8:30pm

Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 – 2:00pm

Monday, Sep 20, 2021 – 8:30pm

Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 – 8:30pm

Monday, Sep 27, 2021 – 8:30pm


All showtimes are in EDT (UTC-4)



Concept/Performer: Brian Feldman

Playwright: The Audience


Content Considerations


The content of the show is based entirely upon what audience members write in anonymity and, as such, may contain mature themes, profane language, sudden loud noises, and potentially triggering content or themes.

Audience Instructions

This LIVE* online theater show relies on a high level of audience interaction. Audience members must keep their camera and microphone on the entire time they are in the show. *If it’s not live, it’s not theater.

A PDF program, with Instructions to the Audience, is available here: (Google Drive)
^ Program updated following every show.

About the Artists

Brian Feldman is an award-winning performance artist and actor. He lives in Washington, Douglass Commonwealth where, as the news website 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.” His work has been featured on television, radio, in print, and online, earning critical comparisons to the likes of Marina Abramović, David Blaine, John Cage, Christo, Marcel Duchamp, Tehching Hsieh, and Andy Kaufman. Since August 2003, he has presented 400+ performances of 130+ projects at 175+ venues and festivals in cities worldwide via Brian Feldman Projects, one of the world’s premier presenters of experimental time-based art.

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