Moments of Truth


This chamber musical, co-written with composer/lyricist Caroline Altman, was developed at Central Works Writers Workshop and 3Girls Theatre Company. It follows Nan, a mid-career fine arts painter, who loses her confidence after she is replaced in her long-term residency by an artist half her age. Her husband Gerald, an art broker, organizes an exhibit of her latest work . . . but her subtle impressionism is upstaged by the work of a younger, hipper artist.

Nan agrees to collaborate with her former art school roommate Chloe, a scandal-ridden “shock art” photographer. The two hope to rehabilitate their careers and  land a prestigious prize and an exhibit in New York. Their project uses a lie detector to catch real-life models in their “moments of truth.” As a love triangle develops under her roof, Nan begins to lose confidence in Gerald, too. Should she bring the lie detector into her marriage?

Premiered September 19, 2015, produced by 3Girls Theatre, at Royce Gallery in San Francisco.

Moments postcard

This comedy-drama asks provocative questions about truth, lies, love, and art. The play was a finalist for the 2013 Women in Arts and Media Collaboration Award.

Moments of Truth photos by Jim Norrena


Moments of Truth was a Theatre Bay Area Recommended Production. tba recommended

**** “The book of Patricia Milton really shines in this new musical. Coupled with excellent timing of direction of Louis Parnell, the dialogues and interactions are packed with both comedic gems and soul-touching probes and confrontations… All in all, Moments of Truth is a worthy new creation that leads us each to contemplate those times in our lives when we have lost confidence in the innate strengths of our abilities and/or relationships. The new musical also joins a long line of works focusing on the making of art and its effects on the lives around that act; and in my book, those works are usually well worth the night out.” – Eddie Reynolds, Theatre Eddys

“Milton’s breezy dialogue finds both the humor and anxiety of the situations…Moments of Truth has an easygoing charm – and that’s no lie.” – Richard Dodds, Bay Area Reporter

“A a charming little chamber musical … a gem.” – Richard Connema, For All Events

Listen to a clip from an interview with Patricia on Julie Motz’s show, Art’s Desire, on KWMR Radio.

You can watch video excerpts from our reading here.

“Fallen” credits: Caroline Altman, soloist, composer & lyricist, Brandon Adams, piano