Fri · March 10, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$39.50 - Tier 2 | $49.50 - Tier 1
Recommended for Mature Audiences
Association with The Terrace Theatre
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John Waters is a man of many monikers: The Prince of Puke, The Duke of Dirt, The Sultan of Sleaze. Anyway you put it, John Waters is famed the world over for his trash epics including “Pink Flamingos”, “Female Trouble”, “Desperate Living”, “Polyester”, “Serial Mom”, “Pecker”, “Cecil B. Demented”, and “A Dirty Shame”. Two of his more surprisingly commercial films have been adapted for the stage. “Hairspray”, winner of eight Tony Awards and “Cry Baby – The Musical” nominated for four Tony Awards. In the summer of 2007, “Hairspray” reinvented itself cinematically as a big-budget Hollywood movie starring John Travolta that became a smash hit worldwide.
“This Filthy World” is Waters’s rapid-fire one-man spoken word “vaudeville” act that celebrates the film career and joyously appalling taste of the man William Burroughs once called “The Pope of Trash”. Updated and expanded from the original film version that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, the live performance of “This Filthy World” focuses on Waters’s early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading.
John Waters was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1946. For those of you who don’t know, Maryland can be a pretty strange place to grow up. Luckily for John, 1960’s Baltimore had a few saving graces. Here he would meet the men and women willing to work in front of and behind the camera on his self-written, self-produced and independently financed movies.
Waters went from a local boy making cheap, underground movies to a local man making counter-culture Hollywood comedies. But don’t be fooled by the veneer – all of his films were shot on location in Baltimore and with very modest budgets. The star power of his post-Hairspray films demonstrate his influence and clout.
Waters writes all his own films, and elements of filth and debauchery exist in all his screenplays. Also present in many of his films is the duality of sincerity and squashed innocence of late 50’s and early 60’s Americana: sweet mothers who make breakfast for a family of four versus cheap girls who have babies in the backs of cars.
John is also an accomplished writer, photographer and visual artist. He has published multiple volumes of his journalistic exploits, screenplay collections, and artwork.
Of course, he is most well known for breaking boundaries of acceptable filmmaking. Drugs, queers, abortion, religion – nothing is sacred in his field of vision. When asked about it, he says “secretly I think that all my films are politically correct, though they appear not to be. That’s because they’re made with a sense of joy.” And perhaps that is why so many people from all around the world take such joy in his movies.VENUE INFORMATION:
Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403