Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 8:00 pm, Doors: 7:00 pm
Garfield's crazy-quilt, hilarious odyssey is a search for self: the American self, the suddenly-emerging threatened self, and his own baffled self - a secular Jew. The Lower Merion native, and the co-host of public radio's On The Media, returns to his roots by launching his one-man show right here.
In Ruggedly Jewish, Garfield dares to ask large, yet simple questions. In a raw, wistful, hilarious and disturbing encounter session, Garfield weaves together disparate narrative threads on the subject of identity -- including his own nominal Jewishness -- to explore the exploration of self itself. Ruggedly Jewish bounces from harrowing life-and-death moments to oddballs galore. This new work, set to tour in 2018, is an odyssey in search of the search for self: the selves of the characters the journalist has chronicled; the American self, informed by nothing less than the founding promise of the Pursuit of Happiness; the suddenly emerging threatened self, defined against a sinister Other, and Garfield's own baffled self -- a secular Jew, playing the role of Odysseus, very much at sea.
"Who are you? What is your ambition? What is your identity? What is your destiny? These turn out to be peculiarly American questions, and they are especially trenchant at this frightening moment in our history," said Garfield. "In Ruggedly Jewish, I embark on an odyssey in search of the search for self in this complicated world of shifting identities."