For over 40 years Baltimore native John Waters has done it all. He’s a director (writing all of his films), an author, with his latest book Role Models appearing in 2010, and a purveyor of art, both good and bad. In 2006 he launched a one-man show, This Filthy World, to much acclaim and this Saturday, July 28th, Waters is performing it at The Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It’s his only scheduled date in the Sunshine State and a chance to witness Waters in person, discussing everything from his early years with The Dreamlanders (featuring Divine, Mink Stole, and others) to his views on sexuality in the 21st century. If you’re a fan of Waters, or even a curious bystander, this event is a rarity for South Florida and a chance to see one of the most innovative and hilarious voices in film speak in person. After all, this is the man who wrote, “I wouldn’t suck your lousy dick if I was suffocating and there was oxygen in your balls,” in his screenplay for Female Trouble.
Preceding Waters’ performance is a screening of the 1981 classic Polyester and a Q&A session rounds out the night. For those not familiar with Waters, he is the director of such classic films as Pink Flamingos, Cry Baby, A Dirty Shame (one of the only good NC-17 films), and Hairspray (which was adapted into a Broadway musical that he also wrote). Roger Ebert refers to Waters as “the poet of bad taste,” and even though Ebert intended this remark as an insult, I find it sums up Waters sufficiently: he’s a man who goes for the jugular, holding back nothing from the audience. Waters never hides his interest in the tawdry or the perverse, asking the audience why they do. If anything, Waters is breaking cultural norms and doing it while making people laugh at the absurdity of it all. Even if you don’t like him you have to admire his honesty. I advise you to attend this, as it’s a one of a kind event.
Below is further information regarding ticket prices, the venue’s location, and so forth. At the end of this article is a video clip of Waters’ Bryant Park discussion from 2010.
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Venue: Parker Playhouse (707 Northeast 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304)
Time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: VIP Tickets $125, $61.50, $46.50, $36.50 (available through Parker Playhouse)
VIP ticket includes prime seating in the first three rows, Post Show Meet-N-Greet, light appetizers & wine, hardcover book with optional signature.
John Waters at Bryant Park, New York City (click here for the full conversation via the New York Public Library)