by Yasmina Reza (translation by Christopher Hampton)
Directed by Tammy Rice
Produced through a special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Sunday, February 25 4:30-6:30 and Monday, February 26 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Auditions will be readings from the script, at Dalton Little Theatre.
Performances are April 27, 28, May 3, 4, and 5 at 7:00 pm | April 29 at 2:00 pm
Rehearsals: Specific dates will be set with cast but will include 2-3 table readings during the month of March. Actors will be expected to be learning lines during the month of March before rehearsals begin in April.
April: Rehearsal will be 3-4 nights a week, will schedule in consultation with actors. All actors are at all rehearsals. Rehearsals on DLT stage will begin March 27th. Tech and dress week and weekend will include April 11-15 and April 19-24th.
Cast: Three men. (ages are not written in stone, casting will require the three men to be close in age or at least appear close in age)
"Art" is a dialogue driven serio-comedy, winner of the 1998 Tony for Best Play. The play is 80 minutes long, performed without intermission, and will require actors able to learn long passages of dialogue and multiple monologues. All three actors remain on stage for most of the production, with few exits. It is a wonderful script for actors looking for challenging roles that will allow them to "sink their teeth" into the roles.
From the publisher Dramatist's Play Service:
How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It's about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships.
Marc is a strongly opinionated man when it comes to what he values and an extremely condescending one towards what he does not value at all. Other people’s feelings do not factor into his decisions or filter the manner in which he talks to them and about them. Only his girlfriend and her homeopathic remedies for stress seem to have any sway over his strong and acerbic personality.
Serge, according to Marc, has recently taken a dive into the world of Modern Art and has fallen head over heels with newfound respect for it.Modern Art speaks to something within him that makes sense and which he finds beautiful. Serge has recently gone through a divorce and has a dim view of marriage and anyone searching to make a commitment to another person. His rules for life, friendship, and art went out the window with his marriage and now he has found peace in the realm of Modern Art where the old rules are thrown out and acceptance and instinct govern what is valuable.
Ivan is less high strung than his two friends about art, but he has his own issues in life and love that make him just as neurotic as Marc and Serge are. He begins the play stressed about his upcoming wedding and looking for a little support. He finds none. Although the physical production of art on canvas means less to him than it does to the others, he is more in tune with the psychological responses and reasonings behind such responses than either Marc or Serge are.
That aspect of his personality is what thrusts him into being the middle man in this fight between friends and why he gets belittled by both of them. He actually cares more for their feelings and well-being than they do for him or each other. ”