Remounting play about art, friendships in St. John's and Corner Brook
Director Nicole Rousseau has had a love affair with the "Art" since the late 90s, after first seeing it in London as a student at Grenfell College in Harlow.
"I had so many amazing theatrical experiences while I was there, but (the) play was particularly inspiring for me," she explains. "Amazingly, I saw myself, a 20-year-old woman from Newfoundland, in the experiences and relationships of these three grown European men. "Also it's hysterically funny — I laughed a lot. It stuck with me for so long, I knew I wanted to be a part of the play somehow."
In the spring of 2012, Rousseau directed Neil Butler, Rory Lambert and Dave Sullivan in "Art" for c2c Theatre, and will be remounting the award-winning comedic play by French playwright Yasmina Reza this month with the same cast.
Butler, Lambert and Sullivan star as longtime friends Serge, Marc and Yvan. Their relationship struggles when Serge drops $200,000 for a painting that seems to be a simple blank canvas with a few lines, instigating a conflict over what constitutes art.
The three actors have long been friends (two of them are former roommates) in real life, adding depth to the production, since it's also a story of friendship and how it can be tested, even after years. "We are fortunate to get a second run at 'Art,'" Rousseau says.
"The actors and production team are amazed at how the play has offered us even more avenues of discussion and play."
Last time around, c2c produced the play at the Barbara Barrett Theatre; this time, it will run at two venues: after the Resource Centre for the Arts presents "Art" at the LSPU Hall as part of its Canadian Arts Presentation Fund Jan. 23-25, the cast will head to Corner Brook for a two-day run at the Grenfell Fine Arts Theatre Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
Tickets for the St. John's performances are $22 regular admission ($17 for students), with a half-price matinée Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.rca.nf.ca, or by calling the LSPU Hall at 753-4531.
Tickets for the Corner Brook performances are $20 regular admission ($10 for adults), and can be bought at the Grenfell Fine Arts Theatre one hour prior to showtime. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @tara_bradbury