In this new series Inspiring The Show, I talk with solo performance creators about how they came up with the ideas for their shows. What was their inspiration and how did the process unfold as they crafted that original notion into a one-person show.
First up, David Mogolov and his 2014 show Eating My Garbage.
David Mogolov has been writing and performing comedic monologues in Boston since 2002. His shows are known for blending the personal and the political, and for smart, surprising insights that emerge through near-constant laugh lines. His shows include One Night at T.F. Green (2003 Single File Festival in Chicago), There Is No Good News (FRIGID New York 2011), and Dumber Faster (FringeNYC 2012) and Clenched (Dallas Solo Fest 2016). His work is published by Indie Theatre Now.
His show Eating My Garbage finds David dumbfounded by a call from a political pollster who sounds suspiciously like Laura Linney. He searches himself for a reason to believe the nation isn't utterly doomed. When he can't quite think of one, he turns to irrational reasons. That's when his search gets more promising.
NYTheatreNow wrote of the show, that it:
...looks at the fragmented state of the Union with wit and intelligence and a wry sensibility that blends the naive optimism and weathered cynicism that is so characteristic of American in the 21st century.
2) For a few years, I'd wanted to look more at externalities, the economic idea that our activities have costs other than those we pay directly, costs that typically get pushed to society as a whole (pollution is the typical example).
3) Separate from that reading, I was really obsessed with the idea of tribalism. Everything in the news then (I was writing from late 2012 into late 2013) seemed to get stuck in these debates rooted in what best matched to our understanding of our group identities, which were shielding us from the hard work of owning our individual actions and inactions.