It's the invitation you never wanted to the place you've always lived. Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State is a sort of busted illustration of the place: a playground for human ignorance, wild optimism, bureaucratic failure, and weather--both defiant of popular imagination and deeply reflective of it. In this solo performance, Willie assembles a collage of popular myth and personal narrative on stage using storytelling, dance, and video.
In 'Finding Florida, a True History of the Sunshine State,' TD Allman writes, "Florida is the Play-Doh state. Take the goo; mold it to your dream. Then watch the dream ooze back into goo. People are constantly ruining Florida; Florida is constantly ruining them back."
Willie hopes to ruin Florida in his own special way.
Willie Filkowski is a writer/performer living in Chicago. He has a BFA in Interarts Performance from the University of Michigan, and came within striking distance of completing an associate's degree at Florida Southwestern State College. He typically works with smarter and more talented accomplices like Brita Thorne (Fargo/Faygo/Faygo/Fargo), Nola Smith & Corey Smith (Who is Luther Burbank?), and Gabrielle DeCaro (The School of Professional Wrestling.) He hopes to one day become a Weimaraner. See more of Willie Filkowski here, www.filkowski.com