BECKET >> Well-known painter, performer, storyteller and former Berkshires resident Douglass Truth is bringing his nationally touring one-person show, "An Intimate Evening With Death, Herself," to the Berkshires this weekend in a one-night-only engagement 8 p.m. Sunday at The Dream Away Lodge, 1342 County Road.
There will be a tip jar available for donations.
"An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself" is a 90-minute show about a middle-aged waitress who meets Death in a bar and, 49 days later, replaces him.
Truth portrays Dorothy, a meatloaf-phobic waitress who goes to a bar after a bad day on the cafeteria line and meets Tod, who turns out to be the Grim Reaper. In the course of an understated, unpretentious, poignant and tender, droll and massively ambitious performance, Dorothy helps her audience relate to death without flinching and with abundant amusement.
The show was first performed at Dream Away Lodge in 2005. On this East Coast tour, Truth has performed the show at Lauren Clark Fine Art in Great Barrington, where he also had an exhibit of his art in August; the Rosendale Theatre in Rosendale N.Y.; and at the United Solo Theater Festival in New York. He's performed the show over 75 times around the country, including at fringe festivals in Chicago, Boulder, Colo. and Grass Valley, Calif.
"Funny, creative, fresh, and poignant; a brilliant show, entertaining start to finish. A wonderful message without being preachy. Doug has a gift to both entertain and provoke thoughtful introspection." said David Swetman, former chaplain of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in California.
Truth lived in the Berkshires, primarily Pittsfield for almost a decade, from 2001 to 2009, and was an active participant in the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield.
What: "An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself"
Who: Written, created and performed by Douglass Truth
Where: The Dreamaway Lodge, 1342 County Road, Becket
When: Sunday evening at 8
Information: (413) 623-8725