Matthew Meehan in “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” at Simon’s Rock

Matthew Meehan is proud to present his bachelors senior thesis performance, Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno. This performance is dedicated to the late, great Karen Beaumont.

Thom Pain is a man who grew sideways. He tells a story about a little boy who wanted to be a cowboy, had a dog, and a run in with some bees. Then about a less little boy who you might’ve seen somewhere, something close enough at least. And about a woman he fell in love with and then left “all some time ago. Maybe this morning.” Thom Pain doesn’t have a plan, but he has some questions for you. “What do we do with the time we are, I guess, given?”

“A big joke. An inscrutable journey. A bountiful gift. But one you want to exchange for something that fits a little better around the hips,” said Charles Isherwood (NYT) of this one man show that “is as unassuming in its means as it is astonishing in its impact.” ‘To sum up the more or less indescribable: “Thom Pain” is at bottom a surreal meditation on the empty promises life makes, the way experience never lives up to the weird and awesome fact of being. But it is also, in its odd, bewitching beauty, an affirmation of life’s worth.’

Thom Pain closes on leap day and runs the two nights previous!

Thursday February 27th at 7:30 PM

Friday February 28th at 7:30 PM

Saturday February 29th at 6:30 PM

In the Liebowitz Studio Theater in the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock (84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230)

Admission is open to the public and is first come first serve! There will be an optional talk back at the end, and light refreshments. Due to its darkly comic/comically dark nature and use of vulgar and explicit language, Thom Pain is not a family friendly show, recommended for those above the age of 16.

Thom Pain features …

Matthew Meehan as Thom Pain

Directed by Nathaniel Bokaer-Smith

Technical Direction by Isabel Filkins

Technical Operation by Jake Toltz

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