AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH DEATH, HERSELF
A one-woman show by Douglass Truth at Fluxx Gallery and Studio
Saturday, October 26, 8:00 p.m., doors open at 7:00 p.m.
414 E. 9th Street, Tucson (right off 4th Avenue)
$10 admission • running time 80 minutes
deathherself.com • firstname.lastname@example.org • 530-264-6327
Was it fate? An accident? One of those things? No one knows. One night a middle-aged waitress named Dorothy met an old guy in a bar. His name was Todd. Aka Death. Himself. After 49 days together in a booth at a Denny’s, she replaces him.
Truth’s play is, in effect, a traveling informercial for the new death. Designed to both test new marketing strategies and to educate future customers. And everyone is a customer. While Death is still mandatory, Dorothy says that there are exciting new options and upgrades in the works. “You can’t cheat Death,” she said, “but you can work with me.”
Douglass Truth is a painter, writer, and performer. Born in 1953 to an Indianapolis family famed for its mechanics, bookbinders, and lawyers, Douglass Truth was cursed from the beginning with a heightened sensibility combined with very poor taste. Attempts at remedial education throughout the years have met with uncertain results.
After a serious illness in 1998, Truth devoted himself entirely to painting and writing. “After such a confrontation, or voyage, or whatever it was,” he said, “you find out what is really important to you.”
Truth has done performance work with The Black Valley in California. He was an original member of the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield MA. He has been represented in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Indiana, Arizona, and California. He has written three books: I Am A Dog, Revolution of Flowers, and Everything I Know About Death (Subject to Verification). He is working on a new Revolution of Flowers book, The Second Manifesto: A Flower’s View of the So-Called End of the World.
Since moving to Tucson in the spring of 2013, Truth has been working on painting, video, and performance. After initial shows in California, An Intimate Evening With Death, Herself was shown at the Laissez Faire Carport Stage in May, and just played a three-show run at the Chicago Fringe Festival.