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A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING
I'LL NEVER DO AGAIN after David Foster Wallace

Daniel Fish

A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I'LL NEVER DO AGAIN (after David Foster Wallace)

Drawing exclusively from audio recordings of award-winning writer David Foster Wallace (readings he gave of his short fiction, essays and an extensive interview he did for German television), director Daniel Fish and an ensemble of five actors seek to re-create the amazing presence Wallace brought to everything he wrote about, be it professional tennis, a boy’s thirteenth birthday or America’s obsession with entertainment. Tennis balls fly and individual listening devices serve as functioning props, delivering the text live to the actors. The selection, order and tempo of the recordings are mixed live during each performance. Wallace’s work as translated by the performers evokes both his presence and his absence, asking us: How present can we be? How generous in the way we experience the cacophony of our world?

“Part séance, part theatrical eulogy, and part eerie karaoke show….Fish is attempting to restore the spontaneity of thought to Wallace’s writing, and looking for the elusive interval when spontaneous talk begins to acquire literary shape.” -Village Voice


Daniel Fish is a New York-based artist working in theatre, opera and film. He received his BS in Performance Studies in 1989 from Northwestern University. He has created work at theatres throughout the U.S. and Europe. Recent work includes Tom Ryan Thinks He’s James Mason Starring in a Movie by Nicholas Ray, House for Sale, based on an essay by Jonathan Franzen, and a film, The Dollar General. He has taught directing and design at The Yale School of Drama, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University and Bard College. www.danielfish.net

Produced with the permission of the David Foster Wallace Literacy Trust. Premiered at The Chocolate Factory. Developed in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and University of Rochester International Theatre Program.


Starring John Amir
  Efthalia Papacosta
  Therese Plaehn
  Mary Rasmussen
  Jenny Seastone Stern


Director Daniel Fish
Stage Manager Samuel Stonefield
Costume Designer Andrea Lauer
Lighting Designer Thomas Dunn
Scenic Designer Laura Jellinek
Sound Designer Daniel Kluger

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Show Information

FEB 22 - 24, 2013

  • Location Studio 7 in the Paramount Center
  • Directed by Daniel Fish
  • Based on works from A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Consider The Lobster and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace.
  • Ages 14+
  • Running Time 2 hours and 30 minutes with no intermission