New Adaptation of Wallace Shawn's The Fever Will Play LaMaMa

By Adam Hetrick
January 9, 2013

A new French production of The Fever, the Obie-winning monologue from actor-playwright Wallace Shawn, will make its American debut beginning Jan. 24 at La MaMa e.t.c.



First presented and performed by Shawn (Aunt Dan and Lemon, "The Princess Bride") at the Public Theater in 1990, the 80-minute work has been adapted by Swedish playwright Lars Norén, and will feature French-Romanian actress Simona Maicanescu.

The production will reflect a combination of the original text and Shawn's 2007 rewrite of the show. Norén directs The Fever, which will run through Feb. 3.

Here's how it's billed: "In this 'feverish' monologue written between 1985-1990 - but more relevant today than ever -- a wealthy woman from New York wakes up in the hotel room of a war-torn country and probes the foundations of her privileged life, unable to keep pretending that 'coats have no history, but just fall down from heaven with prices marked inside.' The humor is quirky, and the questions are unsettling. They are not meant to be answered, but to bring attention to the shocking landscape of social injustice through which most of us walk every day and almost all of us fail to see."

The production will have lighting design by Jean Poisson, costume design by Chatoon and sound design by Sophie Buisson.

Shawn's plays also include Grasses of a Thousand Colors, The Designated Mourner, Marie and Bruce, The Music Teacher and Our Late Night.

Tickets are available by calling (212) 475-7710 or by visiting LaMaMa. La MaMa e.t.c. is located at 74A East 4th Street in Manhattan.