‘Art” play reading Wednesday at Miners Foundry
Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry present “Art” on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
“Art”, written by Yasmina Reza, directed by Jeffrey Mason, and featuring Paul Micsan, T.E. Wolfe, and Scott Young, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.
In this comedy, three longtime friends find their friendship challenged when one of them indulges a penchant for modern art by spending a fortune on a very expensive — and very white — painting.
The purchase prompts the friends to explore — and disagree — about what constitutes “art”.
“This play is funny! We have three captivating characters engaged in a delightful three-way fencing match (metaphorically speaking, of course), and they are quite entertaining,” says Mason.
Local actors T. E. Wolfe, Scott Young and Paul Micsan play the three friends. Mason knew he needed actors who would be able to run with the wit, humor and sophistication of the characters but move beyond the potential for debate and lecture in order to make them human and bring their relationships to the foreground.
“Reza uses these monologues to give each character opportunities to confide in the audience, which is great fun for the audience as they hear what the character might not be willing to say to his friends, “ says Mason. “Indeed, part of the dynamic of a friendship involves deciding what to say and what not to say, how to compromise without sacrificing the integrity of the relationship.”
“Art” premiered in Paris in 1994 to rave reviews and went on to London’s West End in 1996 and on Broadway in 1998.
The play has won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy as well as the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Tony Award for Best Play.
The Theater By The Book series is an opportunity for both theater buffs looking to get their mid-season fix and new audiences interested in learning more about theater.
The readings do not require a set, costumes or any of the normal trappings of a full production. Instead, the audience can focus on the richness of the story.
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