‘Art’ readings at Waterfall Arts

Aug 11, 2017
Theater cohorts, from left, Erik Perkins, Jason Bannister and Jim Tatgenhorst are pictured in the 2011 Belfast Maskers production of “Art.”

Belfast — The last time Jason Bannister, Erik Perkins and Jim Tatgenhorst appeared onstage together in Yazmina Reza's play “Art” was 2011. The Belfast Maskers theater space was still up and running, and it was the last chance to see a production in the waterfront theater.

The three actors will reprise their roles when Midcoast Actors' Studio presents two readings of “Art” — Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. — in the Clifford Gallery of Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.

Since the original production, Bannister and Perkins have joined forces on nearly all productions with MAS. Their upcoming project is an adaptation by Perkins of “Frankenstein,” set to run Oct. 20 through 29 at the Crosby Center. Tatgenhorst has since appeared in a few MAS shows, including “August: Osage County” and “All in the Timing.”

“Art” raises questions about art and friendship. It concerns three longtime friends, Serge (Perkins), Marc (Bannister) and Yvan (Tatgenhorst). Serge, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. Marc is horrified, and their relationship suffers considerable strain as a result of their differing opinions about what constitutes "art." Yvan, caught in the middle of the conflict, tries to please and mollify both of them. “Art” opened on Broadway in 1998 and won the Tony for best play.

MAS is teaming up with Waterfall Arts to provide this reading in the Clifford Gallery, where the current exhibit is “Interiors.” There will be a talkback after the Sunday show moderated by Waterfall Arts founder Alan Crichton on “what is art?”

Tickets are $8, and there will be light refreshments. The reading will be performed without an intermission. For more information, visit midcoastactors.org or email midcoastactors@gmail.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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