John Waters’ ‘Filthy’ Grammy-Nominated Self Comes To Durham

You know who reminds us of John Waters? No one. And that’s why we love him.

An American counterculture hero, Waters brings his one-man show ‘This Filthy World’ to Durham on Friday, Feb. 6. The 2015 version of ‘Filthy’ is completely re-worked from the past iterations - not surprising at all for a director, writer, actor and artist who seems to never stop challenging himself.

He told Indy Week’s Brian Howe about the new show in a Q&A published this week:

"It's an act that I've always rewritten and changed, but it's still about my obsessions: It's about crime and fashion and music and art and films and the people that are in my films, and how you can have a happy life if you decide you want to be a happy neurotic."

In 2014, Waters published Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America. The book chronicled Waters escapades as he hitchhiked across America from his hometown of Baltimore to San Francisco. In addition to being named to several ‘Best of 2014’ lists, the book — and Waters reading of it — are up for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album during Sunday’s broadcast (Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS).  Waters will sign copies of the book after his appearance in Durham on Friday.

If ever someone has lived up to his iconoclastic reputation, it’s Waters, who was a guest of Frank Stasio on The State of Things on WUNC-FM on Friday. Waters spoke at length on his influences, his reputation and his life’s work - from film to writing to social commentary.

We often define shows at our venue as ‘must-see,' but John Waters ’This Filthy World’ fits that billing better than most any event you’ll ever see in our theatre.


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