ACT to stage reading of French play at Toledo Museum of ArtWritten by Sanya Ali | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Art is often seen as a subjective medium. Each person interprets an art piece and reacts differently. The Yasmina Reza play “Art” revolves around a painting that, because of its polarizing nature, has the potential to destroy a strong friendship.
The Actors Collaborative Toledo (ACT) plans to stage a free reading at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Little Theater on May 29. The script has been translated from its original French and this reading is directed by Barbara Barkan.
“‘Art’ was selected after we did ‘Red’ at the Museum in the fall,” Barkan said. “We have a wonderful collaboration in concert with the Toledo Museum of Art and their new Thursday night series. We look for plays in this collaboration that speak to both the art of theater and fine art.”
“Art” tells the story of three friends and the fallout following one man’s purchase of a painting. The issues that arise during the course of the narrative are more complex than the painting itself, which is nothing more than a canvas divided into three sections by two black lines.
“While art is or seems to be a central theme, something more evolves between long time friends,” Barkan said.
The stars of this production were Paul Causman as Mark, John DuVall as Serge and Bill Quinlan as Yvan. Each auditioned for Barkan, who said this experience has been a rich one.
“I have directed many staged readings and each have been a powerful growing experience for me,” Barkan said. “As I watch and involve in the process of the actors and the rapid give and take of ideas and feelings I am truly inspired, energized and invigorated.”
Barkan said the choice to perform this specific piece was based on previous experience and careful consideration.
“As a member of ACT we constantly research plays, we read dozens of them,” Barkan said. “‘Art’ seemed, like ‘Red,’ a good choice for our museum collaboration in how it can draw audiences from the both the theater and fine art milieu.”
The free show begins at 7 p.m. May 29. The play contains adult language.