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Online Reading: THE DESIGNATED MOURNER, by Wallace Shawn

Fri, October 23, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

iDiOM Theater Presents a one-night-only online reading of the follow-up to Wallace Shawn’s The Fever



Writer and performer Wallace Shawn’s landmark 1996 play features three characters — a respected poet, his daughter, and her English-professor husband —suspected of subversion in a world where culture has come under the control of the ruling oligarchy.

Told through three interwoven monologues, the Orwellian political story is recounted alongside the visceral dissolution of a marriage.

Wallace Shawn is the author of Our Late Night (OBIE Award for Best Play), Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Fever, and the screenplay for My Dinner with André.

“The play nicely combines Pinterian menace with caustic political commentary.” – Time

“Acerbic, elusive, poetic and chilling, the writing is demanding in a rarefied manner. Its implications are both affecting and disturbing.” – Los Angeles Times

“In his exquisitely written dramatic lament for the decline of high culture. . . . [Shawn] offers a definition of the self that should rattle the defenses of intellectual snobs everywhere.” – The New York Times

Online Livestream Performance

Friday, October 23

Virtual lobby will be open starting at 7:00pm before the performance
Performance begins at 7:30pm
Post-show talkback open to all following the show


Tickets by $5–$15 pay-what-you-can donation.

Free for iDiOM Season Passholders.

A Zoom link will be emailed to all guests before the show begins. No other ticket is needed.


Fri, October 23, 2020
7:30 pm
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iDiOM Theater


Sylvia Center for the Arts
207 Prospect St
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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