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Blinn College play raises questions about art, friendship

Tony Award-winning ‘Art’ runs Feb. 27 – March 1 on College’s Bryan campus

ArtThe Blinn College Theatre Arts Program will take audiences on a tumultuous journey as a previously solid 15-year friendship is tested over a painting.

The College will present “Art” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 – March 1 in the Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room, located on Blinn’s Bryan campus (map). Performances are free and open to the public.

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.