Written by Rachel Bonds

Directed by Keira Naughton

August 8 – 18

A father, an ex-wife, a son, and the son’s partner gather in a New Mexico motel the night before the burial of the man to whom they are all connected, but to whom they feel little connection. As they prepare themselves for the funeral in the confines of the crowded room, they grapple with the family dynamics of the past, present and the future, all of which outsize the space they find themselves in. Curve of Departure  is a tender drama told with humor and grace.


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     Raye Birk as Rudy                         Ami Brabson as Linda




  Paul Pontrelli as Felix                José Espinosa as Jackson


Set design by Juliana von Haubrich

Costume design by Stella Schwartz

Lighting design by Matthew Adelson

Sound design by David Wiggall

Stage managed by Katy McGlaughlin


Valley Advocate by Chris Rohmann



Off Script by Dan Dwyer

“beautifully and economically composed”

“simple elegance”


Berkshire On Stage by Macey Levin

“involved, comic and very human; it typifies the work this vital and vibrant theatre consistently offers”

“Keira Naughton…has effortlessly moved her actors into moments of apprehension and comfort while maintaining underlying tensions.”

“highlights the insight and intelligence of its cast”


Berkshire Bright Focus by J. Peter Bergman

“This is the sort of play we need more of right now”

“Watching this play is guaranteed to touch your emotions, touch your heart and soul”


Berkshire Record by Rex Hearn

“Chester’s last play of the season is a must see”

Curve of Departure by Rachel Bonds has everything”

“Keira Naughton’s direction was superlative”