The Blue Slipper is pleased to bring Art, a play by Yasmina Reza, and translated by Christopher Hampton to historic downtown Livingston. Art follows three friends after modernism enthusiast Serge has bought a painting. Large, arguably white, and expensive, this painting is the catalyst that triggers Marc to wonder if his
friendship with Serge is imploding. With the course of his own life in overhaul, Yvan tries desperately to keep his friends from destroying the only constant he feels he has left.
Art has been popular with audiences the world over following its award-winning debut in France in 1994. While asking themselves and each other whether white stripes on a white canvas is
meaningful, whether their opinion is meaningful, whether they can even understand one another anymore, one thing becomes clear; win, lose, or draw – its all riding on a few thin, white lines.
Tom Baskett, John Henry Haseltine, and Dale Ruhd will be taking on the roles of Serge, Marc, and Yvan; each actor in a different role every weekend. Rebecca invited the actors to take on the extra challenge in part to flesh out to what degree each character is defined by his friends or by himself. “The actors each bring their own sensibility, prejudice, and style to each of the characters. We get to view these characters through a different set of eyes every week, and understand how Marc, Serge and Yvan have unique perceptions of each other.” In every long relationship, change is unavoidable;
Art bring us to the tipping point of a perspective shift for three friends.
Having won three awards for Best Comedy, Art ponders heavy topics like sense of purpose, tolerance, honesty, deceit, and the rules of friendship with wit and humor. The show contains
strong language which may not be suitable for children.
Art opens June 21st through July 7th, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets are available for purchase online by visiting blueslipper.org or
ruckusTix.com. Reservations may be made by calling 222-7720. The Blue Slipper Theatre has been entertaining, educating, and enriching Livingston through the performing arts at 113 East Callender Street since 1964.