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UCR Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production

Tilly No-Body: Catastrophes of Love

Based on a true story of a burning love and a broken heart.

Written and performed by Bella Merlin

Directed by Miles Anderson

Tilly No-Body Catastrophes of Love teaser.mp4 from Bella Merlin on Vimeo.


Munich 1917. A hotel room. A bottle of poison. A lone actress.

The tragic fates of celebrities - from Michael Jackson to Marilyn Monroe - leave us wondering who the private people behind the public facades really are. Tilly No-Body asks these questions through the lens of Tilly Wedekind - wife and muse to world-famous German playwright, Frank Wedekind (Spring Awakening). In Frank's plays, their private lives became public consumables, and without him, she feared she would be a nobody... A blend of original cabaret songs, puppetry, circus and drama, this piece of practice-as-research is devised and performed by Bella Merlin, directed by Miles Anderson, with original sound design by Dr. David Roesner (Ludwig-Maximilien University, Munich).

Please be cautioned that, within the world of Weimar cabaret, the play begins with a failed suicide.


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November 17 & 18
8 p.m.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.



ARTS 113 (Studio Theatre)


FREE to attend, open to the public


There is no reserved seating so arrive early for the best seats. The performance will commence promptly at the announced curtain time and latecomers will only be seated at an appropriate pause in the program.




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