Title and Deed
Written by Will Eno
Directed by Keira Naughton
A man has traveled to where we live, from somewhere undisclosed. Business or pleasure? Neither. Will Eno’s script is bursting with moments that are simultaneously intriguing, amusing, and enigmatic. Title and Deed stars James Barry, known to CTC audiences for his work in The Aliens, The Night Alive, and Sister Play. Keira Naughton, who was nominated for a Berkshire Theatre Critics’ Award for 2019’s Curve of Departure, returns to direct.
The New York Times calls it “A haunting and often fiercely funny meditation on life.”
Running time: 70 minutes.
Ed and Carla Slomin
Rhonda and Carl Steeg
James Barry stars in his sixth production at Chester Theatre Company.
Scenic Design by Juliana von Haubrich
Costume Design by Charles Schoonmaker
Lighting Design by Lara Dubin
Sound Design by James McNamara
Stage Managed by Leslie Sears
The New York Times recommends Title and Deed in their summer preview article.
Read Jeffrey Borak’s Berkshire Eagle preview article on Title and Deed and the entire Chester@Hancock season.
“Will Eno’s one-character masterpiece is the season opener for Chester Theatre Company… one of those shows you need to experience for yourself for no description of it can bring you the wonder of its writing as played by the two artists who have made it so enthralling: Barry and Naughton. I urge you to see it and soon.”
— J. Peter Bergman’s review in The Berkshire Edge
“Chester Theater Company’s production of “Title and Deed’, staged under a tent at field’s edge in Hancock Shaker Village, is a master class of playwriting for Will Eno, acting for James Barry and direction for Kiera Naughton.”
— Dan Dwyer’s review in Off Script
“Director Keira Naughton’s smoothly flowing production playfully acknowledges its physical location — a huge tent surrounded by farmland — by incorporating it into the monologue (Eno has written some new lines specifically for this run) and James McNamara’s soundscape. [James] Barry is masterly.”
— Jeffrey Borak’s review in The Berkshire Eagle
“Director Keira Naughton has mined the script for all its worth and guided Barry to this wonderful, open, engaging presence… To those unfamiliar with Chester Theatre Company, “Title and Deed” is an excellent introduction to the company.”
— Patrick White’s review in Nippertown
“It was bracing to experience a play with so many resonances to where we’ve just been and are now, and wonderful to see a consummate actor plying his craft before us – that is, with us.”–Chris Rohmann’s review in The Valley Advocate
“Mr. Barry and Ms. Naughton have produced a masterly piece of theatrical art.”–Macey Levin’s review in Berkshire on Stage
“…deft direction by Keira Naughton keeps the audience engaged…”–Bess Hochstein in Splash Magazines
“Title and Deed offers the multi-talented Barry an opportunity to shine in a solo show.”–Mark Auerbach in The Westfield News