by Yasmina Reza
Marc’s friend Serge has just bought a modernist painting, an Antrios. It’s a canvas about five foot by four: white. The background is white and if you screw up your eyes, you can make out some fine white diagonal lines.
Serge is one of Marc’s oldest friends. He’s done very well for himself, he’s a dermatologist and he’s keen on art. Marc’s an aeronautical engineer who seems to take some sort on incomprehensible pride in running modernism (and Serge) down. And Yvan’s… getting married?? there?? playing go-between??
Marc hates the painting. Serge hates that Marc is taking it so seriously. Yvan doesn’t understand what’s the big issue and tries to get in the middle to calm the other two down, which only makes everything worse. In the repartee, the recriminations and accusations, the discoveries and truths finally told that follow the play investigates what happens when the unspoken agreements and assumptions we make about our relationships with the people closest to us turn out to be false and if in the end we can prove to each other that we care.
Note: this play includes brief allusions to hypothetical violence and a short scene of mild staged combat.
The three characters in this play are men. While for rights and sense reasons we won’t be changing that, I have no interest in casting three men to play these roles. As long as you are comfortable portraying a man on stage we welcome actors of any and all gender identities to audition. Similarly the racial and ethnic identities of the three men are never specified. While that means that they were most likely conceived of as white (and have predominantly been portrayed by white actors since), we encourage actors of any racial and ethnic identity to audition. This is all to say that we want to build a diverse team to tell this story and, BIPOC, queer, and first-time theatre-makers, we want you. If there is anything we can do to make that happen/make that easier, please reach out.
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Performance Dates & Times
October 13, 2022 - 8:00pm
October 14, 2022 - 8:00pm
October 15, 2022 - 2:00pm
October 15, 2022 - 8:00pm
This performance is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination. Patrons should carry vaccination documentation and be prepared to show it if asked.
Yale-approved masks are required for all audience members.