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Theater Festival Only Allows Filmed Work in 2021, Prompts

Film Adaptation of Award-Winning Performance Art Piece

It’s Not Theater.


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Amid a 12-country, 35-city, 175-show virtual world tour (during a global pandemic), performance artist Brian Feldman produces, directs, and stars in a film adaptation of #txtshow, one of his signature projects, for the 2021 KC Virtual Fringe Festival. The world premiere is available on demand at from July 18 – August 1, 2021.

#txtzero is an art film featuring a mysterious character named txt (pronounced “text”) who sits at a desk waiting for a script to arrive. Unlike all previous LIVE versions of #txtshow – (irl) and (on the internet) – this film contains zero audience interaction. But you can fast forward.

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Based on running time rules and standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Film Institute, and British Film Institute, #txtzero is Brian Feldman’s first feature film. It’s also his first film in 15 years.

Concurrent with this premiere, #txtshow, the critically acclaimed, award-winning performance art piece that it’s based on will be playing as part of the 2021 BorderLight Virtual Fringe Festival – performed LIVE from July 22-31. Tickets are available at and audiences are encouraged to view both works in order to compare and contrast.

This project was supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

To explore the full 2021 KC Virtual Fringe Festival lineup, visit:

WHAT: #txtzero

WHO: Produced, Directed, and Starring Brian Feldman


Available On Demand, July 18 – August 1, 2021

RUN TIME: 46 minutes


PRICE: $10.00




Hashtags: #txtzero #KCFringe

Twitter: @txtshow @BrianFeldman @KCFringe

Instagram: @brianfeldmanprojects @kcfring


The Kansas City Fringe Festival is the largest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is a two-week explosion of performances, exhibits and events that showcase the work of local, national, and international artists. The mostly volunteer-run organization has been supporting artists, cultivating creators and attracting adventurous audiences since July 2005. During the Covid pandemic, in the summers of 2020 and 2021, the Kansas City Fringe Festival has gone virtual. But the excitement, flair, and fringy-ness remain true to form.


Brian Feldman is an award-winning performance artist and actor. He lives in Washington, Douglass Commonwealth where, as the news website DCist noted, “In a city that has an advocacy group exploring how to ‘make D.C. weird’ – and is still struggling – Brian Feldman is a shining beacon of eccentricity.” His work has been featured on television, radio, in print, and online, earning critical comparisons to the likes of Marina Abramović, David Blaine, John Cage, Christo, Marcel Duchamp, Tehching Hsieh, and Andy Kaufman. Since August 2003, he has presented 400+ performances of 130+ projects at 175+ venues and festivals in cities worldwide via Brian Feldman Projects, one of the world’s premier presenters of experimental time-based art.

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