The Fever

Wallace Shawn's Obie Award-winning play The Fever will open October 8 at the Minetta Lane Theatre. The Fever tickets are on sale now.

The Fever is a play that traces the experience of a woman in a foreign country. Though she is the narrator and the sole character onstage, she remains nameless. Laying in bed with a fever and recollecting her experiences witnessing poverty, injustice, and misery, she sees her own privileged life in America in a new light. The narrator becomes self-aware and guilty that she and others like her are a larger part of the problem than previously thought, but she's unsure if she has the courage to join the fight against injustice if it means reckoning with that privilege constantly — and possibly giving it up.

The play premiered in 1990, performed as a monologue by Shawn himself in non-traditional ways: he performed it in people's homes by appointment, and when he did eventually stage it in a theatre, he did so with minimal design elements and no programs, and interacted with the audience before stepping onstage. He has gone on the record to say he did not want people to attend the play and dismiss its message as "great theatre," but instead take it to heart as a real-life experience.

The Fever was later adapted into a 2004 movie starring Vanessa Redgrave (nominated for a Screen Actor's Guild Award for her role) and directed by her son, Carlo Gabriel Nero. Angelina Jolie, Michael Moore, and Joely Richardson also appeared.

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About The Fever:

What’s the cost of comfort? In The Fever, Wallace Shawn captures the crisis of conscience of a privileged American traveler visiting a war-torn country. Faced with the disparity between her rarified world and the real world, she can’t help but wonder if she’s part of the solution, or part of the problem.

Wallace Shawn
Audible Theatre, The New Group
Scott Elliott
Cast list:
Lili Taylor
The Fever Performance Dates & Times
Opening date: 
October 8, 2021
October 24, 2021

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Minetta Lane Theatre

18 Minetta Lane (between Bleecker and West 3rd Street), New York, NY 10014
Nearest subway station:
West 4th Street - Washington Square Station

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Wallace Shawn’s ‘The Fever’ to reopen the Minetta Lane Theatre in October
September 8, 2021

Audible Theatre and The New Group will produce Wallace Shawn’s Obie Award-winning play The Fever, the first live play to show on Audible’s Off-Broadway stage, in October. The production will run October 8-24 at the Minetta Lane Theatre.