The Emerald Tablet is thrilled to present a hilariously serious one-woman show written and directed by artist, playwright and actor Douglass Truth!

A middle-aged waitress meets Death in a bar. And, no, not in the usual business sense. It was just an accident. They hit it off. 49 days later, she replaces him, and becomes Death, Herself. In this show Dorothy tells the story of how all this happened.

Read a recent review of the show right here.


“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.”
David Swetman, retired Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital chaplain.

“The forbidden topic of death jumps to the stage wearing a bright red jacket to put a smile on people’s faces. Death, also known as la Muerte and Doña Sebastiana, brings exciting “new options and upgrades”! An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself, by Douglass Truth, takes the audience for a ride into a terrain that many of us aren’t too comfortable with. But even the most reluctant death fearers will be happy they embarked on this trip, because they will come out of it with a new perspective about the end of life, and quite a joyous one. They will even receive Death pre registration cards, with choices about afterlife preferences (which include rebirth, heavens with or without cheese and hell on wheels) and a blank space for regrets. (Don’t we all have some?) A hilarious show about a user-friendly experience of Death.”
—Teresa D.

“I thought Douglass’ show was wonderful. It was of course entertaining, but what really struck me is that the entertainment and the humor was a means to relax ego so that when he shot his arrows, they could really get in..”

“Looked for a local play for an online English assignment and found yours. Dragging my feet after a long day at work, and just wanted to come, see and go home. AND the night turned out to be a belly laughing, cheek hurting, wonderful evening. Long time lover of the theatre, this was my first time to Off Center Stage. As I walked out last night, with my mom, we repeated some of the funny things we heard until she dropped me off at home. Thank you for giving us a new perspective.”


“Douglass (and Dorothy) Truth’s show last night “Death as a Salesman” at Off Center Stage was soooo good–funny, moving, wise, true, beautiful–what more could you ask? This is what art can do, remind us of our living, the preciousness… of each moment, help us laugh, cry, celebrate, wake up. Thank you, DT!” – Maxima Kahn


“I laughed. I cried. Dorothy Truth kept us on the edge of our seats! What a great show! Highly recommended. Death is definitely more user-friendly now that Dorothy has done her PR gig… ”

Douglass Truth is a painter, writer, and performer.

Born in 1953 in Indianapolis, Indiana, into a family famous for its mechanics, bricklayers, 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, leaving him with a reputation as mixed as his media.

He has worked as a civil engineering designer and surveyor during the pipeline years in Alaska, a chef, building dismantler, English teacher, and as a software salesman in Taiwan. He owned and operated a graphic design and silk-screen company, Flying Turtle Graphics, supplying his own unique designs on T-shirts, coffee mugs, and posters.

Truth began painting in 1996, and has been represented by galleries in California, Arizona, Indiana, New York, and Connecticut.

After a serious illness in 1998 Truth closed his business in order to devote 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. I found that out, and am fortunate enough now to be able to do it.”

Truth has done performance work with The Black Valley in Grass Valley. He was a founding member and president of the board (2002-2006) of the Storefront Artist Project in Pittsfield, MA. He wrote and published three books, I Am A Dogand Revolution of Flowers, andEverything I Know About Death Subject to Verification.

Truth lives in Tucson, AZ, and is working on art, video and his performance piece,An Intimate Evening with Death Herself.

You can reserve tickets for each individual performance by clicking here or on the button, below:

An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself
Friday, March 27th 2015, 7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$10 suggested donation, sliding scale. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Delicious complimentary snacks. Drinks and adult beverages by donation.

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