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Glint - Good Old Neon Stage Production

Update 18/6: Laist has posted a positive review of Glint that makes me wish even more that I could see this:

Wallace's stark and cerebral short story Good Old Neon comes to life as Glint through a stage adaptation by Ian Forester. Staying true to Wallace's text, Glint channels a suicide narrative that stands as an ironic memoir to the recently deceased author. Forester's dramatic performance is truly outstanding. In the role of Neal he is precise, provocative, and wonderfully satisfying as he gingerly conveys the play's most beautiful lines, touching gestures, and intense moments. Forester reaches out for the curiosity of the audience, singularly piercing every individual in attendance. Adam Smith's excellent, thoughtful direction bolstered by simple, but ethereal lighting design by Andrew Hungerford gives a perfect context for this transportive work. 

Update: Don't forget Glint begins this week!

Jillian Tessman, the Producer of 'Glint', got in touch to let me know about a direct adaptation of David Foster Wallace's "Good Old Neon" for the stage:

Ian Forester will be performing this piece June 15-20 at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles.
Glint will be performed Thurday, June 15 at 8:00pm at The Lounge Theater, Sunday, June 19 5:00pm and 9:00pm at the Actor’s Circle Theater, and Monday, June 20, at 9:00pm at The Lounge Theater. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door or online through

needtheater is a non profit Los Angeles theater company dedicated to producing progressive new works by emerging playwrights. Since the company’s founding in 2006, needtheater has produced five world premieres and nine local premieres, garnering three LA Weekly Theater Awards, as well as nominations for the Ovation Awards. In November 2010, needtheater was featured in the cover story of American Theater Magazine.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 June 2011 09:53  


#1 ipiotrowska 2011-06-16 13:17
GLINT, the world premiere of an adaptation of "Good Old Neon" by DFW is going on right now in Los Angeles. ‎"This dilemma, in which every layer of self-knowledge is nested inside yet another layer that scrutinizes it mercilessly for inauthenticity, is a Wallace trademark." The performance is absolutely fascinating.
If you want to see something new, different then DO NOT miss GLINT (
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#2 chad 2011-06-25 15:13
drove down from north of sacramento to see this. it was worth every mile. (except for the hand-outs, which were illegible). one man show. guy pretty much memorized entire "good old neon," save a part here and there. i went to the wednesday show and i would have gone again if i had the chance. powerful shit. next dfw road trip, texas archive, perhaps?
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#3 Ian Forester 2012-10-17 04:11
We are bringing Glint back, this time with a new title, G.O.Ne, and will be producing two performances of it on October 23 and 24 at the Ivy Substation in Culver City, where The Actors' Gang performs. Fingers crossed that Tim Robbins comes to the first show and decides to tweet about it.

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