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You Should Do

You Should Do

Brian Feldman Productions

May 6, 2016

Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Orlando, FL</strong>

Brian Feldman – remember that guy? Slept for two days on Orange Avenue? Spent a whole day jumping into a stunt air mattress? Charged ten bucks to watch his family eat lunch? Well, he moved to Washington DC, and just like so many idealistic politicians he got into trouble. Now he’s back in town looking for new ideas, and he’ll take them from anyone with the gumption to buy a free ticket. This evening all comers get five minutes to pitch a bright idea. While all the time slots were officially taken, between traffic and a misprint in a competing newspaper, I was alone.

Like all Feldman events, there’s a sense of fussiness and protocol in the process. First you check in at the front desk with his mom. Then when your scheduled time arrives, his sister escorts you through the big double doors while urgently explaining in a low voice the do’s and don’ts of the event. Passing into a large empty rehearsal space you are seated in front of a decrepit mirror and his father photographs you with a fish eye lens clipped to an iPhone. This fulfills Feldman’s obsessive need to document the crumbs and dust of all his experiences. More waiting. Another picture, could I move to the left a bit? Certainly. And then …an elevator door opens, and you are escorted into Feldman’s palatial 5 by 5 foot office. Two chairs, a kitchen timer, and it’s time for me to entertain Feldman.

The meeting was cordial and mostly positive, and while my proposal was perhaps not exactly in line with Feldman’s plans, it may happen in the next few months. Or it may not, but that’s performance art – you can’t really control it as well as you want, but it always has the opportunity to become the most interesting thing in your life. Stay tuned; if any his proposals come to fruition in the area, you may read about them here.

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