Wednesday, September 29, 2010

SCAD Performing Arts Department Opens 2010/11 Season with Tony Award-winning Play, “Art”

October 21–24

Season continues with the introduction of SCAD’s improvisational theatre, a world-premiere dance piece, a multi-media adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” a comedy about an adolescent Charlie Brown, and the classic musical “Hair” 

The SCAD performing arts department will kick off its 2010/11 season with the Tony Award-winning comedy, “Art,” by Yasmina Reza, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by Vivian Majkowski. The show will run at Arnold Hall Auditorium, 1810 Bull St., Thursday, Oct. 21–Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m., with a matinee Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.

Reza’s 90-minute comedy is about three friends who find their friendship tested when one of them buys a very expensive white painting. His friends' surprising reactions touch off a series of personal confrontations. This witty, intelligent and often funny play explores the power of art to engage the imagination and the enduring bonds of friendship.

French playwright Yasmina Reza won the Tony Award for “Art,” which has been produced worldwide and translated into more than 30 languages. British playwright Christopher Hampton won an Academy Award for the screen adaptation of his play “Dangerous Liaisons” and was nominated for his adaptation of “Atonement.”

When ”Art “opened on Broadway, Ben Brantley of The New York Times called it a “very funny play,” and John Heilpern of New Yorker declared, “We can’t be friends anymore if you don’t enjoy ‘Art.’”

Tickets for “Art” are $15 for general admission; $10 for seniors, military and students; $5 with a valid SCAD ID; and free with valid SCAD ID on Thursday, Oct. 21 only. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Savannah box office window, located at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., by calling 912.525.5050, or by logging onto

2010/2011 SEASON

The 2010/2011 SCAD performing arts season will continue with:

• “The Improv Show,” SCAD performing arts’ first series of improvisational theater events. Nov. 11–14 at the Mondanaro Theater, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

• “La Traversée,” a world premiere dance piece conceived and choreographed by Vincent Brosseau about the immigrant experience. Feb. 10–13, at the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

• “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, adapted from his novel of the same name, directed by SCAD performing arts artistic director Sharon Ott, a multimedia adaptation of the classic American novel about a futuristic world in which the media controls the masses, censorship prevails over intellect and books are illegal. March 9–13 at the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

• “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” by Bert Royal, directed by Mark Tymchysyn, a comedy about the “Peanuts” gang as typical angst-ridden teenagers, May 5–8, at the Mondanaro Theater, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

• “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” with book/lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt McDermott, directed by SCAD performing arts chair Michael Wainstein. “Hair” is one of the great American musicals of the 20th century, about the counter-culture sexual revolution and anti-Vietnam War movement of the ‘60s. May 12–22 at the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn Street.

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