Following last spring’s gut-busting run at JACK, Eliza Bent brings her tour-de-toots Toilet Fire: Rectums in the Rectory to Abrons Arts Center — and New Georges joins in. Toilet Fire is this season’s first entry in our Supported Production program, in which we provide advice, mentorship, and additional resources and support to New Georges affiliated artists who self-produce. Don’t miss it!
Toilet Fire: Rectums in the Rectory is Eliza Bent’s ceremony and celebration of the one thing that unites us all: our need to go. Using the structure of an ancient religious ritual to talk about matters of digestion, philosophy, and faith, Toilet Fire: Rectums in the Rectory, performed by Bent and Alaina Ferris, explodes with song, audience participation, and unexpected textual twists. By the end of this tour-de-toots, the trappings of a religious service fall away and Toilet Fire reverts to a more traditional solo show structure with the real Eliza Bent talking and ultimately asking: How can we best relieve suffering? There will be puns. There will be poo.
performed by Eliza Bent + Alaina Ferris
directed by Kevin Laibson
dramaturged by Jess Barbagallo
set + lights by Christopher Bowser
costumes by Enver Chakartash
projections by Anthony Jackson
stage mgmt + assistant direction by Nic Adams
produced by Caroline Gart
associate producer Charlie O’Leary
Show dates (all at 8pm)
Oct 29, Oct 30, Oct 31, Nov 5, Nov 6, Nov 7, Nov 11, Nov 12, Nov 13, Nov 14
Location: Toilet Fire is performed at Abrons Arts Center, which is located at 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) in the Lower East Side. F/J/M/Z trains to Delancey/Essex stop.
Praise for Toilet Fire:
“A tremendous new solo work about what we usually keep behind locked doors.”
—Keith Paul Medelis, Theatre Is Easy
“Marveling at the comic genius of rising star Eliza Bent, creator and performer of Toilet Fire, which is a play that manages to make bathroom humor somehow not embarrassing.—Claire Mazur, Of a Kind
“Bent’s portrayal of a Russian woman showcases her razor-sharp deadpan; her savoir faire flight attendant is a giggle-causing treat…She certainly isn’t full of shit.”
—Rachel Kerry, New York Theatre Review