Solo Performer Spotlight

Saturday May 29, 2021 at 7:30pm PT

Jeff Greenwald

108 Beloved Objects

Immediately followed by a Q&A with
Founder/Artistic Director Stephanie Weisman

What do a pink elephant, a Cuban beer bottle, and a Krishna statue have in common? All are among the 108 Beloved Objects featured in author/journalist Jeff Greenwald’s new one-man show.

With COVID-19 squashing his travel assignments, Jeff decided to take an inward journey – around his Oakland flat. He picked out 108 objects, all of which evoked personal passages, and made a decision: He would part with the items, but hold onto their stories. For this solo performance, Jeff recreates the popular “grab bag” option from his critically acclaimed Strange Travel Suggestions. 

Five audience members are invited to pick one object that catches their eye from a grid of 16 images (that’s about all that fit comfortably on a Zoom screen!), and Jeff tells a corresponding story starring that object. Whether it’s a toy camera or a dolphin tooth necklace, each item has a fascinating tale to tell. No two performances will ever be the same, which makes this show a bit like footloose travel—a series of unexpected encounters and surprising destinations. By turns funny, illuminating, and deeply personal, 108 Beloved Objects rethinks the way we interact with a world we all live in: the material world.   

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About the Performers

Jeff Greenwald’s hit solo show Strange Travel Suggestions premiered at the Marsh SF in 2003, and was most recently staged in 2018. Jeff is the author of eight books, including Shopping for Buddhas and The Size  of the World. He recently co-authored The Nine Gifts with Christine Marie Mason, and Out of Nothing with Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey. Jeff is also the executive director of the non-profit Ethical Traveler, a global alliance dedicated to creating positive global change through travel. He lives in Oakland, California.

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