Blinn College play raises questions about art, friendship
Tony Award-winning ‘Art’ runs Feb. 27 – March 1 on College’s Bryan campus
The Blinn College Theatre Arts Program will take audiences on a tumultuous journey as a previously solid 15-year friendship is tested over a painting
When: Feb 27th - March 1st, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Where: Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room (Student Center - map)
A 1998 Tony Award winner written by Yasmina Reza, the comedy raises questions about art and friendship. When Serge buys a large, expensive painting, he expects his friends to admire it, but his friends don’t agree that the piece is worthy of being considered “art.”
“The largest theme is obviously friendship, but it’s more than that,” said Weston Annis (Houston), a second-year student who plays Serge. “It’s about the maturing of a friendship. How these three old friends react to the painting addresses a deeper issue as they grow and their friendship is tested.”
Marc, played by T.C. March (Abilene) is open about his dislike of Serge’s purchase, while Yvan, played by Braden Baumbach (Katy), is caught in the middle of their conflict. As the three square off about the painting, their arguments turn from theoretical to personal and risk ruining their friendship.
“Art does identify us,” said Jean Daniels, Bryan campus theatre instructor and director of the play. “The things we have in our home are indicative of our personalities. Each of these characters looks at the painting through different perspectives. We want our friends to agree with us, to think what we think, but that doesn’t always happen.”
Daniels said she has been considering “Art” for a Blinn theatre performance for quite some time, and was set on it when Annis, March and Baumbach came along.
“They have good chemistry together,” Daniels said. “They understand the vibes of the characters, their friendships. Each of them are as unique as the characters in the play. They’re truly a dynamic trio.”
The Blinn Theatre Program, part of the Division of Visual & Performing Arts, hosts at least eight performances each year in Brenham and Bryan and offers a quality educational foundation through study, application and experience. For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/finearts/theatre.
The star chamber
This fast-paced, one-act, ensemble British comedy takes place at a backstage committee meeting to endorse improvements to the Garrick Haven Home for Destitute Actresses. The joke here is that professional actors simply cannot stop playing, so any meeting of thespians must devolve (literally, in this case) into a performance.
November 14, 15, 16, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
by Yasmina Reza translated by Christopher Hampton
Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play. “My friend Serge has bought a painting…”So begins the belligerent and outraged Marc, self appointed voice of common sense, as he and his two oldest friends – the emerging aesthete Serge and the ever insecure Yvan – discover that their views on art, status and relationships don’t match up. Could the purchase of an extravagant piece of modern art trigger the deconstruction and destruction of a friendship built up over fifteen years? ART is a hilarious play centered on perceptions and perspectives filled with beautifully crafted dialogue and characters.
February 27, 28, March 1, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
an adaptation by Jo Roets from the play by Edmond Rostand
Cyrano de Bergerac, a swashbuckler straight out of 17th century France, is a master of swordplay and wordplay, but a “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose” blocks his path to true love—quite literally. From the ivy-twined balconies of Paris to the blood-soaked fields of the Thirty Years War, handsome, tongue-tied Christian borrows Cyrano’s words to woo the beautiful Roxane. But is she falling for Christian’s looks or Cyrano’s soul? A cast of just three actors triangulates Rostand’s classic love story into a charming, lightning-paced romance laced with duels, panache, hopeless sacrifice—and an enormous schnoz.
April 24, 25, 26, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
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Open audition for Fall 2013 Theatre productions.
When: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
Where: Room E-121, Student center
A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro
A Vietnam War drama based on the true story of
women’s experiences before, during and after their tour of duty.
Roles for 6 women (1 singer/guitar player), 1 man.
The Star Chamber by Noel Coward
A 1930’s British one-act comedy about actors and their egos!
Roles for 5 women, 5 men and 1 canine.
All actors should come early to fill out audition forms. Will be doing cold readings from the scripts and strongly encourage all women to prepare song (guitar self-accompanied if able) 16 bars of a late 1960’s/ early 1970’s song of choice).
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or an audition packet.
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Blinn Fine Arts Theatre department will present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield:
When: April 25 – 27, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Barbara Pearson Banquet Room (Student center)
THERE WILL BE ONE FIFTEEN-MINUTE INTERMISSION.
The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited.
Technical Director...........Jean Daniels
Stage Manager...............Geraldine Butler
Props & Backstage Crew...Shelby Edge, Kyle White
Dressers........................Miriam Felder,Alicia Vivero
Light Board Operator........Mitch Roberts
Sound Board Operator......Dan Martinez
Load-In Crew.................TC March, Stephanie
Poster Design.................Charles Kelm