Speaking of Painfully Good, last fall I took a trip up to Nevada City to experience Dorothy Truth”s one woman show, Death as a Salesman. Dorothy is the mysterious twin sister of Nevada City painter Douglass Truth. (Douglass’ fantastic paintings are also Painfully Good, but that will be the subject of another post…)
This absurdly hilarious show combines humor and gender bending with the serious topic of Death and how to make your inevitable encounter w/ the big guy (a.k.a. Todd) more bearable.
Dorothy tells the story of her beginnings as an invisible child struggling for cookies and a nesting area in the Truth household and how she eventually gets hired as a Public Relations manager for the New Death Incorporated.
Truth’s play is, in effect, a traveling infomercial for The New Death, designed to both test new marketing strategies and to educate consumers.
Readers on both sides of the Bay will have a chance to experience Death as a Salesman themselves. I strongly urge you to do so if you can. In Oakland, Dorothy will be performing at the Humanist Hall in downtown Oakland, at 7:30 on Saturday February 20, 2010.
On the other side of the bridge there will be two shows at the Jellyfish Gallery at 1286 Folsom St., in San Francisco, Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 at 8pm.