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Douglass Truth: This Human Project

June 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Douglass Truth worked for 12 years on An Intimate Evening with Death Herself, a 90-minute one-woman show he performed at the Nugget Fringe Festival about a middle-aged waitress (Truth) who meets Death in a bar—and 49 days later—replaces him. THIS HUMAN PROJECT is his new show, presented here as a work-in-progress. $10 tickets will be available at the door on Saturday, June 9th at 7:30pm at the Open Book (671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley). No one turned away.

Featured in THIS HUMAN PROJECT: Bruce Willis, nematodes, Willy Wonka on a roller coaster to the Underworld, Tears in Rain, 24 Drunks in Downtown Des Moines, the Dream of a Fish, Perry Mason representing Godzilla in a Tokyo courtroom, and many, many more. The famous fourth wall will be totally breached (with no danger to the audience). Douglass Truth will be checking on humanity’s performance and accomplishments to date, in order to determine any possible diagnoses and remedial actions to be recommended. Truth assures: “No one will be made to feel guilty or urged to sing along with the performer.”

According to Rebeca Fisher, producer of The Marsh’s Tell It On Tuesday series in Berkeley, “[Truth] makes a relationship with the audience that has you leaning in to go wherever he takes you. Irreverently mystical storytelling. Humor, unexpected turns. Delightful, yummy.”

Local poet and artist Beverly Korenwaser, of The Poets’ Quartet, said of An Intimate Evening with Death Herself: “Hilarious and tender-hearted storytelling that goes right to the truth of the matter, Death. Douglass, Dorothy and Death made me laugh and wonder in the face of this great mystery.”

Truth’s art—vibrant, surreal, luscious—will also be on display and for sale at the Open Book during the show and throughout June and July. Truth began painting in 1996 and has been represented by galleries across the nation. He conveys, “Art, in my humble opinion, should be dedicated to raising peoples’ spirits. Enough concepts, ideas, words, disagreements, and so on. I think paintings, or pictures, or even beautiful items of daily use, can take us out of that latter realm of words, and into the world of pure experience.”


June 9, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Open Book’s event center hosts a diverse array of concerts, readings, and lectures, in an intimate setting with book- and wood-backed acoustics. Want to book an event? We have a 12′ by 8′ stage, a high-end PA with XLR and quarter-inch hook-ups, and capacity for 80 fans.