The Truth: A Tragedy

The Truth: A Tragedy is a live black comedy documentary chronicling the decline and fall of John Hopkins (Cynthia’s father) from Parkinson’s Disease, through a structure more akin to a cabinet of curiosities or dime museum (of the nascent, hybrid variety) than a traditional theater performance piece. The Truth is essentially a multi-faceted portrait of Mr. Hopkins, made manifest as a living museum of oddities, artifacts, characters, songs, tales, dances, and documentary footage. This cabinet of curiosities is filled with detritus both real and imagined, weaving real and fictional narratives to convey a complex, charming, fanciful, frustrating, and ultimately tragic character.

Performed by Cynthia Hopkins
Designed by Jeff Sugg
Directed by DJ Mendel
Choreographed by Faye Driscoll
Premiered May 2010
Soho Rep (NYC)

“Hugely moving”

– Helen Shaw, Time Out NY

The Truth: A Tragedy was created with commissioning support from Soho Rep, with additional support from Les Subsistances in Lyon, France; and with residency support provided by Soho Rep, Les Subsistances, and MASS MoCA.