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Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612
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This innovative musical by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine’s (book) won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for drama and ten Tony nominations. The original Broadway production starred Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.

The first act shows the life of George Seurat as he’s painting what is considered by many to be his masterpiece, “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” His obsession with painting emotionally divorces him from the people around him (most notably his lover, the aptly named “Dot”). As George gathers sketches and works on the painting, Dot—who is pregnant with his child—finally leaves him for a more stable, but emotionally unfulfilling lover, a baker named Louis. George regrets his loss, though he continues with his painting.

In the second act, the play moves into the 20th century, as another George (a fictional great-grandson of Seurat) presents his own art: a machine that projects light, sound, and pictures. The machine is titled “Chromolume #7” (the actual Seurat referred to his art style as “Chromolumism” rather than “Pointillism”), and is presented as part of a retrospective of Seurat. Like the George of the first act, this George is also a struggling artist who has difficulty maintaining human connections. The show ultimately leads to a powerful conclusion.

This production is presented by UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

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