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The Bushwick Starr Presents PHIL. 176/OBIT by Daniel Fish and Andrew Dinwiddle, Now thru 4/5

The Bushwick Starr Presents PHIL. 176/OBIT by Daniel Fish and Andrew Dinwiddle, Now thru 4/5

The Bushwick Starr is proud to present multi-disciplinary artists Daniel Fish and Andrew Dinwiddie confronting a monumental subject - DEATH - with a staggering amount of raw material. PHIL. 176 / OBIT is an episodic performance installation drawing simultaneously on the text of Shelly Kagan's renowned Yale College philosophy course, "PHIL 176: Death,"* and on current American obituaries and death notices.

PHIL. 176 / OBIT is a collaboration between stage and film director Daniel Fish and dance and theater artist Andrew Dinwiddie, with designers Blanca Añón, Daniel Kluger and Jeff Larson.

The PHIL. 176/OBIT lecture schedule is as follows:

Wed March 26: Lecture 12: Personal Identity, Part III: Objections to the Personality Theory

Thu March 27: Lecture 16: Dying Alone; The Badness of Death, Part I

Fri March 28: Lecture 17: The Badness of Death, Part II: The Deprivation Account

Sat March 29: Lecture 19: Immortality Part II; The Value of Life, Part I

Sun March 30: Lecture 21: Other Bad Aspects of Death, Part II

Tue April 1: Lecture 22: Fear of Death

Wed April 2: Lecture 23: How to Live Given the Certainty of Death

Thu April 3: Lecture 24: Suicide, Part I: The Rationality of Suicide

Fri April 4: Lecture 25: Suicide, Part II: Deciding under Uncertainty

Sat April 5: Lecture 26: Suicide, Part III: The Morality of Suicide and Course Conclusion

Shelly Kagan is Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale. After receiving his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1976, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1982, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois at Chicago before coming to Yale in 1995. He is the author of Normative Ethics, which systematically reviews alternative positions concerning the basic rules of morality and their possible foundations; The Limits of Morality, which challenges two of the most widely shared beliefs about the requirements of morality; and The Geometry of Desert, which leads a careful investigation into the nature of moral desert. You can watch Professor Kagan's full course on "Death" at or read his book of the same name.

Open Yale Courses ( provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences

The Bushwick Starr Theater is located at 207 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY [between Irving and Wykcoff].

Tickets are $18.00 and can be purchased at After a full-price ticket purchase, patrons may return to see future performances for only $5

Daniel Fish is a director of theater, opera and film. He draws on a broad range of forms and subject matter to reinterpret dramatic classics (Shakespeare, Rodgers and Hammerstein) or find theater where none was intended (the writing of David Foster Wallace, the films of Nicholas Ray). His recent production, A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I'LL NEVER DO AGAIN, based on audio recordings of David Foster Wallace, played a sold-out run at The Chocolate Factory in 2012. His two-channel video ETERNAL (an unedited video document of a performance in which Thomas Jay Ryan and Christina Rouner perform the final scene of the 2003 film, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, in a continuous, wildly ranging loop for two hours, premiered at the Incubator Art Project in 2013 and was remounted for the Under The Radar festival at The Public. His work has been seen at Incubator Arts Project, Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera, American Repertory Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College, Yale Rep, McCarter Theater, Signature Theater, The Shakespeare Theater Company, The Zipper, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatstheater Braunschweig, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Juilliard School. He has a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Residencies and commissions include Baryshnikov Arts Center, LMCC/Governor's Island, The Chocolate Factory, Incubator Arts Project and The Bushwick Starr.

Andrew Dinwiddie is a creator, performer, curator and producer. In 2013 he presented Farewell Tour, a funereal solo dance work partially lipsynched to the onstage banter of KISS, on a split bill at Danspace Project. His show Get Mad at Sin!, in which he reincarnates a 1971 hellfire-and-brimstone sermon by the evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, premiered at the Chocolate Factory Theater on 2010 and has toured to the Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, the Fusebox Festival in Austin, the Time-Based Art festival in Portland and the San Diego Museum of Art. In 2008 at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Mark's Church, he presented The Accursed Items, a dance-theater work centered on a prose poem by J. Robert Lennon and constructed largely from discarded sections from dances and films. Andrew is a performer with David Neumann / advanced beginner group, and has performed with other terrific dance and theater makers including Big Dance Theater, Ivy Baldwin, Karinne Keithley, Sibyl Kempson, Richard Maxwell and Chris Yon. He produced Nellie Tinder's Evelyn at the Bushwick Starr and Yasuko Yokoshi's BELL as Producing Associate for New York Live Arts' inaugural Resident Commissioned Artist program. He served three years on the selection committee for the New York Dance and Performance Awards ("The Bessies"). With Jeff Larson and Caleb Hammons, he curates "everyone's favorite" hydra-headed, multi-disciplinary, rough-and-ready performance series, Catch.

The Bushwick Starr is an Obie Award winning non profit theater that presents an annual Season of new work in theater, dance, and puppetry. We are an organization defined by both our artists and our community, and since 2007, we have grown into a thriving theatrical venue, a vital neighborhood arts center, and a destination for exciting and engaging performance. The Bushwick Starr's mission is to help ambitious artists and ambitious audiences find each other. We provide a springboard for emerging professional artists to make career-defining leaps, and we are a sanctuary where established performance companies come to experiment and innovate.Our past seasons have included new work from cutting edge companies such as The Debate Society, the TEAM, Elevator Repair Service, Half Straddle, and Witness Relocation.

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