Eliza Bent’s ‘Toilet Fire: Rectums in the Rectory’ at Jack

Pooping my religion: One-woman show is about faith and fecal matter

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She is aiming to have the number two play in all of Brooklyn.

A playwright and actor with her mind in the toilet has created a mostly one-woman play about the joys and struggles of bombing the porcelain sea, which she will perform at Jack in Clinton Hill on May 14–20. “Toilet Fire: Rectums in the Rectory” was conceived during a bout of indigestion, she said.

“I had eaten some french fries and had to use the bathroom, and I thought that something about my ongoing digestive ailments could be good fodder,” said Eliza Bent.

In the multi-media surrealist play, Bent works through issues of digestion, philosophy, and faith while playing a variety of characters, including a priest working a “Conflussio­nal,” a flight attendant, and a constipated version of herself. There is also a lecture on the history of the john and the role that it has played in scientific and religious events and rituals.

“It is me talking through these matters for myself,” she said.

Bent has workshopped the play a few times in the past year, but what she will perform at Jack is the real deal.

“It is the full-flush version,” she said.

“Toilet Fire: Rectums in the Rectory” at Jack (505 Waverly Ave. between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue in Clinton Hill, May 14–16 and May 20–23 at 8 pm. $15.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Ex Res from Clinton Hill says:
Glad I moved away years ago. I bet the outcome of the drama was a gas!
May 24, 2015, 5:40 pm

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