One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It’s about two feet by three, 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, Yvan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Lines are drawn, and these old friends square off over the canvas. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, the men must decide how to deal with their friends’ failures and changes, or risk destroying their friendships.
Dear Stone Theater Company produced ‘ART’, by Yasmina Reza, at Collaboraction in January 2015. The production explored the challenge of relating to our friends when we realize our perception of them is not necessarily entirely accurate. How do we adjust to the changes our friends make in their lives? What actions must we take to maintain friendships under the strain of change? And what are the underlying things that bind us to one another when all else is stripped away? Through Reza’s larger-than-life characters and her cutting wit, we are all asked to examine our own friendships and foibles.
Nick Strauss as Marc
Brian Elliott as Serge
Jake Baker as Yvan
Directed by Shawn Rodriguez
Set Design by Joe C. Klug
Costume Design by Anne Stebbins
Lighting Design by Ivy Reid
Original Music by Ben Kinsinger