Douglass Truth, a well-known painter, performer and former Berkshires resident who was the first artist to join Pittsfield’s Storefront Artist Project, returns to the Berkshires this month for an art show and series of performances at the Dreamaway Lodge in Becket.
“An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself” is a 90-minute one-woman show about a middle-aged waitress who meets Death in a bar, and 49 days later, replaces him. Douglass Truth is Dorothy, a meatloaf-phobic waitress. She 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.
“An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself” will be performed Sunday (September 25) at 8pm, at the Dreamaway Lodge, in Becket. There will be a tip jar available for donations to support Dorothy’s work.
Treat Williams roars like a lion when his sons challenge him, while Jayne Atkinson quietly lies in wait, watching for her opportunity to strike back at the man responsible for her long confinement.
“What family doesn’t have its ups and downs?” asks Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter” as the royal plots and plans swirl around King Henry’s palace at Chinon, France. It is Christmas, 1183, and she has been allowed out of prison and back across the channel to join Henry, his mistress Alnis Capet and his three sons Richard, John and Geoffrey. Their invited guest, Philip Capet, King of France, has no idea what an eventful holiday he is in for, since much of the deception and game playing also involves him as well.
Treat Williams as King Henry is truly Lord of the Manor as it is his incredibly fast mind that outwits and outsmarts every half-baked plan his sons come up with, while the fiery Eleanor is smarter than them all, sometimes even building deniability into her treachery.
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