What constitutes art? And why do some people have such dramatic reactions when it comes to viewing and interpreting modern art? From Feb. 16 – 19, in collaboration with the Castellani Art Museum, NU Theatre will present Art by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. Winner of the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy and the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, this comedy is about the value and aesthetics of art and the toll it takes on three friends when the line is crossed. This production will be performed at the Castellani Art Museum amidst a specially curated art exhibit.
Art will be staged at the Castellani Art Museum on the NU campus at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 and at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 18. A 2 p.m. matinee will be held at the museum on Feb. 19. The production is directed by Paschal Frisina III, ’00, the drama instructor at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo. This is the second year Frisina is directing Niagara’s annual production at the Castellani Art Museum. He directed last year’s drama, The Credeaux Canvas, by Keith Bunin.
Cast members include the following Niagara University theater studies performance majors: Mary Boatman of Williamsville, N.Y.; Steph Wattie of Derby, N.Y.; and Chelsey M. Zimmerman of West Seneca; N.Y. Meanwhile, theatre studies students Amy Mings and Alexei Carstensen of Buffalo are stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.
For tickets and information, please call 716.286.8685 or visit the NU Theatre Box Office.