July 31 – August 17, 2014

by Yasmina Reza

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the artist was? Would it be art? Could you be friends with someone who didn’t agree?

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – July 1, 2014 – Springs Ensemble Theatre (“SET”) continues our fifth anniversary season with Yasmina Reza’s, ‘ART’  a comedy that challenges the conventions of art and the definition of friendship.

Marc is upset because one of his best friends, Serge, has bought a painting. It’s a canvas about five feet by four, white on white with diagonal white lines. Marc thinks the painting is a joke. Serge thinks Marc doesn’t have the training to understand. Their other friend, Yvan, eager to placate both of them, allows Marc and Serge to pull him into the middle of their disagreement. As the play goes on, lines are crossed, loyalties tested, and the trio’s arguments become less theoretical and more personal. Will their friendship survive?

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1996, ‘ART’ first premiered on Broadway in 1998 featuring Alan Alda (Wanderlust, Tower Heist), Victor Garber (Argo, Milk), and Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spiderman 2) where it won the Tony for Best Play and ran for 600 performances.

SET’s production is directed by Sarah S. Shaver and features performances by SET members Matt Radcliffe and Emory John Collinson and guest artist Aaron R. Jennejahn. The actors will be performing different parts on alternating nights–join us twice for two different experiences!


Matt Radcliffe as Yvan and Marc

Emory John Collinson as Serge and Yvan

Aaron R. Jennejahn as Marc and Serge

Production Team

Executive Producer & Director: Sarah S. Shaver

Co-Producer: Matt Radcliffe

Stage Manager: Jenny Maloney

Assistant Stage Manager: Ali LaForce

Props Master: Jillmarie Peterson

Costume Design: Emory John Collinson

Lighting Designer: Jenny Maloney

Sound Design: David Plambeck

Set Design: Matt Radcliffe & Sarah S. Shaver

Poster Design: Matt Radcliffe

Trailer Design: Mark Radcliffe


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