A Short-Term Solution
to a Long-Term Problem

“Repeatedly laugh-out-loud funny, devastating, true, and smart.”—The Stranger

DavidSchmader_PhotoCreditTimSummersTuesday, August 19 @ 7pm
2nd show added! 9pm

Velocity Dance Center
1621 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Written and Performed by David Schmader
Directed by Matthew Richter

A whipsmart comedy about unfunny things, writer/performer David Schmader’s solo play is about the dramatic life upheaval that drove him to spend a decade “living every day like it’s your last!”—a profoundly ridiculous adventure that finds Schmader aiming his pointy-headed wit at marriage, Mormons, and the type of relaxation that comes from watching a baby get a spray tan.


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$20 General Admission | $10 Festival Passholders


Critics on A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem

 “A riveting experience. This show shouldn’t be missed.”—Culture Mob
“Contagiously funny…moves from the blackest of black comedy to the kind of laughter that only comes when hope has been glimpsed in the midst of utter despair.”—Crosscut

“Repeatedly laugh-out-loud funny, devastating, true, and smart.”—The Stranger

“Schmader doesn’t so much pour his heart out as construct himself—doubts, passions, distractions and all—before our eyes.”—Seattle Times

“Amazing. You just have to go.”—Seattlest


“David Schmader’s writing is beautifully observed, artfully rendered, and funny as shit—Clark Kent sets out to find Jean Genet and comes home as none other than David Schmader, the guy your mother would want you to marry if she had a lick of sense.”
—Craig Lucas, author of Prelude to a KissLongtime Companion, and The Light In The Piazza

“David Schmader is a tremendously gifted writer. Schmader doesn’t beat up on the usual suspects, nor does he trot out standard retorts. Instead he digs deeper, exposing hypocrisies—including his own—by turning them inside out. Schmader’s writing is informed, exhilarating, and brilliantly funny. He’s the real deal.”—Dan Savage, author of Savage Love and The Kid.

“David Schmader does the masters of the confessional monologue (like Spalding Gray) one better, by linking the form to an older, more literary tradition—the personal essay, where personal experience becomes a springboard to much larger issues.”—Chicago Reader

Photo Credit: Tim Summers