Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods

YELLING AT BANANAS IN WHOLE FOODS

Watch Dan’s journey through a radical re-orientation to the food he eats—from processed foods to raw veganism.

But as he descends into the rabbit hole of food, will his journey turn into a militant obsession that isolates him from humankind?

Bring this absurd performance—and cautionary tale—to your campus.

alternately thoughtful and disquieting, outlandishly funny and often frightening … a psychological breaking point too hard to handle and wonderful to witness

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How do your students think about their news and information diet?

Meet Dan Bernitt, the creator of Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods.

Know this: Bananas is a funny comedy with a necessary warning about how we consume media.

In the video above, he discusses how this play can help start a conversation on your campus about thinking critically, building bridges between multiple perspectives and ideologies, and laughing about ourselves as we atone for our mistakes.

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NYTheater Now

★★★★½ … ONE OF THE MOST FULLY ENGAGING PERFORMERS YOU’LL SEE

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AN ENDEARING, HEART-BREAKING, ILLUMINATING, RICHLY-LAYERED STORY

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HARSH, FUNNY, AND UNFORGETTABLY ABSURD

City Pages

AN EXCELLENT FIT FOR YOUR CAMPUS

Insights relevant to a wide range of audiences and academic disciplines

FIRST-YEAR ORIENTATION

Instead of a lecture talking at students, use the power of an engaging story to drive home important first-year student skills like responsibility, decision-making, cultural sensitivity, and handling conflicts.

CRITICAL THINKING

Encouraging critical thinking from the start is crucial for any student's development. This play shows — with great humor — what happens when we fail to question our assumptions and the information we consume.

ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM

The psychoanalyst Carl Jung didn't believe that people had ideas—instead, ideas have people. The play shows what happens when ideology takes hold of one's mind, and the person refuses to let go until he reaches rock bottom.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Dan's creative work focuses on why people behave the way they do. Several social science fields of study will see their concepts revealed in the story, including psychology, economics, cognitive science, public policy, and even terrorism and security studies.

EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

As Dan learns more about how climate change will impact the food supply, he falls into a trap of "eco-anxiety," an immobilizing fear about the future state of the world. This play addresses one possible resolution to the dread faced by many students in these disciplines.

MENTAL HEALTH

Dan's tale takes place when he was in graduate school. Being a student can be fraught with life changes, stress and anxiety, and crises. Some lessons of the play are to work through our emotional issues, develop strong relationships, and prioritize self-care and personal responsibility.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION

The world needs people who can look at a situation objectively, determine each story's authenticity, and illuminate its truth. As your students will find in Dan's story, irresponsible media can destroy its viewers, and the truth can save a life from destruction.

THEATER AND PERFORMING ARTS​

In addition to his work as a touring performing artist, Dan has worked in marketing, sales, project management, and human resources. He brings an interdisciplinary approach to how the performing arts can inform a variety of career paths.

LGBTQ, DIVERSITY + INCLUSION

As Dan's emotional journey goes on, traumas pile up until his eventual breakdown makes sense. No one lives in isolation. Part of an inclusive campus is building a culture of curiosity: how can I better understand someone and what's happened in their life?

(Also, Dan's gay. Neat!)

Who is Dan Bernitt?

Dan Bernitt is an award-winning playwright, performer, and teaching artist.

Hailed as “one of America’s next great monologists,” he’s been performing and touring his work in venues across the United States since 2004. He’s also performed internationally in Ireland and Italy. 

A recipient of the Robert Chesley Award for Lesbian and Gay Playwriting, his books, Dose: Plays & Monologues and Phi Alpha Gamma, were named finalists for the Lambda Literary Award. He’s also been awarded grants and fellowships and served on panels for state arts agencies.

He holds an MFA in Playwriting from The New School and a BA in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. Regularly a guest teaching artist at colleges and universities, he also serves as chair of the creative writing program at the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.

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WATCH AN EXCERPT

In the clip above, Dan’s considering leaving an artist residency in Taos, New Mexico, until he meets a former 1990s infomercial personality who changes the trajectory of his visit—and his life.

Options for Campus Activities​

See the many ways you can include this play in your events schedule

Individual Performance

Present one performance of Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods, and, immediately following the play, Dan Bernitt or a member of your community will facilitate an audience Q&A and discussion

Performances + Workshops

Hosting multiple performances and adding workshops or class visits help to more deeply integrate the play and Dan Bernitt's visit to your campus. Using theater and writing workshops, your students will broaden their worldview by exploring themselves and different perspectives

Artist Residency

For the greatest impact on your campus community, combine Dan Bernitt's solo performances Phi Alpha Gamma and Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods with a writing and performance workshop for your students to generate a deeper discussion over several days
BEST VALUE

WHAT STUDENTS SAY AFTER WORKING WITH DAN BERNITT

Dan was one of the most open and honest people I've ever met, unafraid to share his own story and feelings and equally unafraid to push us to be vulnerable in that same way. Doing so only strengthened my work.

Dan let me see that even if I’m writing about a topic people would turn away from or would hate me for it that it was okay to write it. He let me know that I can write about my culture even when most people would shut me out and ignore the words that I had written. He encouraged me to write more about it and let the world know that I cannot silence my voice.

You encouraged me to find my voice in a way that I had never imagined. Your prompts and speeches led me to new edges I didn’t know existed for myself, and I’m glad to say that I have confidence in tackling them after working with you.

Dan broke down walls we didn’t even know we had, got us to feel strong emotions, and then channeled those emotions into our writing. He taught us how to dig deep within ourselves so that our audience can feel what we feel.


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