ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Yasmina Reza (born in 1959) is a French playwright, actress, novelist and screenwriter best known for her play God of Carnage, is also the author of the Tony award winning play we are reading this month, Art. Many of her brief satiric plays have reflected on contemporary middle-class issues. She is a highly decorated playwright with multiple Moliere awards, two Lawrence Olivier awards, two Tonys, and many other awards throughout her career thus far.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Set in Paris, Art 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 several fine white lines. To Serge, Yvan comments politely on the painting but admits that he does not grasp the essence of it. To Marc, Yvan laughs at the painting’s price but suggests that the work is not quite meaningless. Yvan’s vacillations only fuel the disagreement as his friends criticize his timid neutrality.
Will their friendship survive?
JOIN PLAY DATE
Monthly play reading activity aiming to spread awareness, and increase appreciation of playwrights and playwriting from around the world. Anyone is welcome to join, and read regardless of play reading or language skills. The session will be followed by a discussion led by a professional theatre artist to spark conversations about the themes, style, form, and current world issues related to the selected play.