Yasmina Reza's Comedy Art at Steppenwolf
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Adapted from Herman Melville's white whale of a novel, Moby Dick, this love letter to American theatre finds the book's Pequod boat crew transformed into the Bad Settlement Theatre Company. Between their rundown surroundings, flagging finances, a newbie of a stage manager and an artistic director who's consumed with the singular focus of putting on the first-ever flawless production of Moby Dick, it's safe to say that this crew is definitely in deep water. A drama that sways towards satire and is populated with bold, scrappy, lovable characters, Season on the Line is a sincere tribute to the trials, tribulations and triumphs that abound in the world of theatre. Learn More
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At this point in the run, the cast has really become unit. The relationships between the characters were clearly defined and the actors fit their parts perfectly. The show itself is a fascinating exploration of friendship and human nature. We...continued
Art explores the intricacies of a long-term friendship between three men. When one of them drops a fortune on a piece of modern art, his friends’ surprising reactions touch off a series of personal confrontations. This witty, intelligent and often funny play explores the power of art to engage the imagination and the enduring bonds of friendship.
French playwright Yasmina Reza won the 1997 Olivier Award and the 1998 Tony Award for Art, which has been produced worldwide and translated into over 30 languages. British playwright Christopher Hampton won an Academy Award for the screen adaptation of his play Dangerous Liaisons and was nominated for his adaptation of Atonement.
Art stars ensemble member Ian Barford, with Joe Dempsey and Randall Newsome.
Rick Snyder’s directing credits at Steppenwolf include Betrayal, Last of the Boys, The Fall to Earth, Orange Flower Water (also at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland), Things Being What They Are and Tavern Story. He’s been a member of the Steppenwolf ensemble since 1983.
The design team for Art includes: Antje Ellermann (sets), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Bob Christen (lights) and Kevin O’Donnell (sound). Michelle Medvin is the Stage Manager and Jonathan Templeton is the Assistant Stage Manager.
Free post-show discussions, sponsored by AT&T, are offered after every performance.