My Father’s Eyes

A NoHo Arts theatre interview of My Fathers Eyes, written and performed by Mitch Feinstein, developed with and directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson as part of Whitefire Thatres Solofest on Friday February, 17 at 8pm.
A NoHo Arts theatre interview of My Fathers Eyes, written and performed by Mitch Feinstein, developed with and directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson as part of Whitefire Thatres Solofest on Friday February, 17 at 8pm.

[NoHo Arts District, CA] – A NoHo Arts theatre interview of My Father’s Eyes, written and performed by Mitch Feinstein, developed with and directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson as part of Whitefire Theatre Solofest on Friday, February, 17 at 8pm.

This is the second solo show Mitch has written and performed. His first centered around his relationship with his mother. This new show is about his father and is told with a sweetly wrought retrospection. You can read the review here: 

Since I had already seen My Father’s Eyes last December at the Hudson, I had a few questions for Mitch about his process and how he selected the anecdotes to form the narrative.

Why was this the story you chose to tell in your show?

My first show focused on how my mother impacted my life choices.  I wanted to find balance by exploring my father’s life and his influence.  My first show had a largely negative tone, and I felt a story about my dad, who was truly a sweet human being, would be more positive.

How long did this piece take to create?

I worked on the script for about a year and then when I had a final draft, another six months to get it into “show shape.”

What do you get personally from your solo work?

I began my solo writing journey as a way to overcome the depression I felt myself in at the arrival of covid.  Continuing to explore my family’s history has provided me with a more positive outlook and is a tool to find happiness every day.

What would you like your audience to take from the show?

Whatever they can find in what I reveal that answers some question for them, that reverberates with them, or helps them find some meaning.

How does your family feel about you writing about them?

All of the feedback has been positive and they are excited to see the new show.  My wife likes this one better because it’s happier.

This is your second show, what advice would you give someone who was thinking of creating a solo show?

Just start writing.  Don’t worry about shape or form, just allow yourself to get whatever story you have inside of you out.

Is there anything more you would like to share about your process, the purpose of this show or your work in general?

I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to perform and hope the audience enjoys the work.

Thank you, Mitch. I really think it is an invaluable resource to have insight into how and why any kind of artist creates their work.

You can find more Solofest shows on our site and also at https://www.whitefiretheatre.com/

Soaring Solo Studios is Jessica Lynn Johnsons company, she works with actors and writers of any level to help them create their own work: https://www.soaringsolostudios.com/

Tickets:

https://whitefire.stagey.net/projects/9425?tab=details

When:

Friday February, 17 at 8pm

Where:

Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91243