Aug. 7-Sept. 8 2013
$29 previews and Wed. matinees; $39 Tue., Wed., Thu. evenings and weekend matinees, $49 Friday and Saturday evenings and $59 opening night. Pay what you can night is Sun., Aug. 11.
Yasmina Rez, the French playwright known for God of Carnage, is also the author of Art, another bougie-busting comedy of manners that has been an international sensation since its stage debut in 1996. The Tony- and Olivier-winner introduces us to Marc, Serge and Yvan, who discuss Serge’s purchase of his first expensive “painting” — an all-white canvas with a few faint lines — which spurs a ridiculously heated discussion. Directed by Todd Olson and Michael Edwards, the American Stage production marks the Tampa Bay premiere of the play and stars Ricky Wayne as Marc, Gavin Hawk as Serge and Brian Shea as Ivan. See works by glass artist Duncan McClellan, whose gallery is the production’s sponsor and will be included in a unique theater-art project by American Stage, freeFall Theatre and Florida Craftsmen. Also, Hawk and Wayne — an illustrious improv-comedy duo — debut their new act, It’s a Living!, the first Sunday of each month (with some exceptions).