What Is Art?

For two nights only, Pace Stand Up Productions presents ART, a play about three friends who battle over artistic value and ultimately their friendship.

On March 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m., Pace BFA student Danielle Stout directs ART, the 1998 Tony Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton in Meeting Room A in One Pace Plaza.

One of Marc and Yvan’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. The canvas is all white with a few white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, and the three friends batter each other and raise questions about what constitutes “art.” Eventually the argument evolves and the painting is just a trigger for them to square off about each other’s various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendship. The three stand before the white painting as Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him, “go on.” In the final test of their friendship, the aftermath of this action affirms the power of their bond.

ART stars Elijah Mann as Marc, Michael DePaolo as Serge, and Nathan Hamer as Yvan. Tickets cost $5 for students and $8 general admission. To reserve tickets, e-mail standupreserverations@gmail.com. All profits will benefit the International Child Art Foundation, leading art and creativity organization for American children and their international counterparts.

For more info on Stand Up Productions, Pace’s student-run theater company, visit their website.