The Fever

Wallace Shawn

Genre
Fiction
Topics
Conduct Of Life, Inequality, Morals, Protest, Script
Publisher
Faber and Faber
Author
Wallace Shawn
Format
Paperback

Description

The Fever's setting is a hotel bathroom in an unspecified "poor country where my language isn't spoken." The narrator is sick, both physically and metaphysically, and spends the next 90 minutes ruminating on the distinction between his own privileged upbringing and the unbearable poverty he sees all around him. He gradually comes to see himself as part of a brutal system in which a seemingly liberal, upper-class society can only exist on the backs of the world's billions of nameless, faceless poor. By the close of the performance, the listener is left feeling uncomfortable, and perhaps even accountable, for the inequalities of the world. The Fever was not written to lightly entertain, but rather to provoke and enlighten.