John Waters Brings 'False Negative' to Western Washington University

Baltimore-born filmmaker, writer, actor and artist John Waters will be coming to the Western campus to perform his one-man show, “False Negative”, on Saturday, May 21, on the PAC Mainstage. The event will begin at 7 p.m., and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The show will be followed by a Q&A with the pioneering creator and a screening of Waters’ film “Pink Flamingos.”

WWU’s Associated Students Productions (ASP) invites students, staff, and faculty to buy tickets for themselves and guests at the WWU Box Office. Tickets are $5 for students with their Western ID and $15 for WWU employees. This event is not open to the public. All attendees must show proof of COVID vaccination upon entry. It is true that WWU has discontinued vaccination verification for campus events; however, this event is one exception to the current practice, deemed contractually necessary.

Leading up to the event, ASP and Western’s Film Studies minor will be hosting screenings of two of Waters’ other acclaimed films. On Thursday, May 19, “Polyester” (1981) will be shown and introduced by Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies Greg Youmans. A screening of “Hairspray” (1988) will be held the following day, Friday, May 20. Both showings will start at 7 p.m. in VU 552 with free popcorn. 

“John Waters is an icon for so many in the queer community and his films have a special place in queer film history,"  ASP Films Coordinator Raven Klingele says. "I'm so excited to bring this incredible artist to campus to share his work with the Western community”

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 12:26pm
John Waters poses with his hand to his chin wearing sunglasses.

John Waters will be on Western’s Campus for the first time on Saturday, May 20.