Past tense

Show Details

November 10, 2021 - November 14, 2021

written & performed by Val Lieske

Location: Engineered Air Theatre

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Past Tense

How soon after someone dies are you allowed to talk about them in past tense? Should we wear black for 40 days? Does peer pressure come casket selection? Playwright / Performer Val Lieske takes audiences on a journey to embrace and accept the normality of thinking about strange things like pantyhose on the day of your father’s funeral. A personal story contemplating death, grieving, and whether or not there is pie in heaven.

"Past Tense sticks in my mind as one of the most moving pieces of theatre I have ever seen. The honesty is tremendous."
– Karen Johnson-Diamond