by Yazmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
directed by Marc Comstock
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 10th
PLACE: The Adobe Theater (in the house behind the theater, 9813½ 4th St NW, go through the gate from the Adobe parking lot)
THE STORY: One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It’s about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, will their friendship survive?
SERGE (40-50): Well off, considers himself a modern man and thinker. Critical of his friends lack of taste, perspective and ability to see that the painting he bought is a great piece of art.
YVAN (40’s). Kind and well natured. Wants to be liked so is often criticized of not having opinions of his own. Overwhelmed with his upcoming wedding and that he is caught in the middle of Marc and Serge’s fight.
(The role of Marc has already been cast.)
MATERIAL: Cold readings from the script, singly or with a partner; sides are linked below.
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