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Plays in Process - Tilly No-Body: Catastrophes of Love & This is It

Double Bill

Jul 23 - Jul 24, 2022

Tilly No-Body: Catastrophes of Love by Bella Merlin

A 70-minute, one-woman show that weaves together original text and songs with extracts from the autobiography of German playwright Frank Wedekind's wife, Tilly, along with letters between herself and Frank, snippets and themes from his plays, and a few inventions along the way.

Set in a circus ring with a lute, two puppets, a circus ball, and some puffs of magic, TIlly No-Body invites the audience into a world of love, loss, theater, and desire. Walking the tightrope of the absurd and the beautiful, the grotesque and sublime, the comic and the tragic - this is a paean to Frank and Tilly, and a waltz towards Weimar Germany.

This is It by Tamara Hickey, co-written and directed by Kate Kohler Amory

If the body keeps the score, what does it add up to? How do we know what constitutes a good life? Is there any meaning we can garner from death in order to better understand life?

When a woman’s life is interrupted by a catastrophic car crash, she is catapulted into an existential, heartfelt, and often funny quest for meaning and connection with the life she has lived. Landing in the Bardo, she discovers herself in the “in-between” space, a place between life and death. Using bold and inventive theatrical story-telling, this one-woman tour de force fills the stage with delightful characters, skillful movement, an autopsy, a pole dance, and an explosion of life at the moment of death.

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.