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October 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until October 13, 2018
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 20, 2018
A Play by Yasmina Reza
Directed by Sally William
Producer: Lynn Grossutti
Tickets $25 Laedeli Gifts & Cards, Wilson Creek Shell, Sechelt Visitor Centre
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Set in Paris, the story revolves around three friends—Serge, Marc and Yvan—who find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys an expensive painting. The canvas is white, with a few white lines. Serge is proud of his 200,000 franc acquisition, fully expecting the approval of his friends.Marc scornfully describes it as “a piece of white shit”, but is it the painting that offends him, or the uncharacteristic independence of thought that the purchase reveals in Serge?
For the insecure Yvan, burdened by the problems of his impending doom (wedding) where he is stuck in an insoluble problem and his dissatisfaction at his job as a stationery salesman, their friendship is his sanctuary, but his attempts at peace-making backfire. Eager to please he laughs about the painting with Marc but tells Serge he likes it. Pulled into the disagreement, his vacillations fuel the blazing row. Lines are drawn and they 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 friendship.
Yasmina Reza is a French novelist, playwright and actress whose critical and popular successes have been produced internationally and translated into 35 languages. Reza studied at the University of Paris and at the drama school of Jacques Lecoq. Reza has written eight plays: Conversations After a Burial, The Passage of Winter, God of Carnage, How You Talk the Game, The Unexpected Man, Life x 3, A Spanish Play, Bella Figura and ‘Art’ (1994) Her six novels include “Une Desolation (Desolation),” and “Dans la Luge d’Arthur Schopenhauer.” Her films include “Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz” and “Chicas” written and directed by the author. Reza’s curiosity and insight was further revealed by the publication Dawn Evening or Night, a detailed biography of Nicholas Sarkozy as he ran for president of France.
Christopher Hampton is a playwright, screenwriter, director and producer. Born in Portugal, 1946, he spent his childhood in Yemen, Egypt and Zanzibar. He ultimately tended his studies in Germany and at Oxford.Hampton, whose plays have been described as, “sophisticated and stylishly out-of-step with British dramatic sensibility,” is a multi-award-winning creative force in film, television and theatre.Hampton is perhaps best known for his musicals and adaptations. They include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sunset Boulevard (musical), The Philanthropist, White Chameleon, Savages, Dracula, the musical.His television credits include: The Ginger Tree, Tales from the Vienna Woods, The Good Father, The Honorary Consul, Wolf at the Door, Hotel du Lac, and A Doll’s House.
Characters: Yvan and Marc…. in ‘Art’ by Yasmina Reza
The friendship: a classic ‘culture club’… Who will dominate ? Who will keep peace at all costs and comply ? Who will defect ? (Weird Tit for Tat; the game of our lives by Dr. Susan Minsos)
Serge in ‘Art’ -in rehearsal