‘Art’

by YASMINA REZA
translated by CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON
directed by KIMBERLY SENIOR

McGuire Proscenium Stage

A satire on friendship

 

Serge begins his foray into contemporary art collecting with a spendy purchase he’s eager to show off: an unframed white canvas with barely-there white diagonal lines. When his close friend Marc regards the modern painting with ridicule, Serge is deeply insulted. Their mutual friend Yvan tries to keep the peace but becomes entangled in their disagreement, which launches hours of heated discussion and leads the three men to wonder why they’re even friends in the first place. This Tony Award-winning satire crackles with comedic energy and invites the audience to contemplate existential questions about life, friendship and what happens when the opinions and worldviews of people we love clash with our own.

Three things to know

  • ‘Art’ won the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and 1998 Tony Award for Best Play. The play has been produced in 45 countries and translated into over 30 languages. 
  • The Guthrie produced Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage in 2011 and held a celebration of Translator Christopher Hampton’s work in 2012 that included productions of three of his plays: Appomattox, Tales From Hollywood and Embers. 
  • Kimberly Senior is a freelance director whose award-winning work has been seen in 15 states and more than 200 productions, including the Broadway production of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. She has said that while ‘Art’ is a one-act play, the second act is the conversations the audience will have after the curtain goes down.  

Ticket prices

Ticket prices range from $29 to $82.

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Venue info 

This production will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

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Age recommendation

We recommend ‘Art’ for ages 12 and up. Everyone must have a ticket, and children under 5 are not admitted.

Content advisory

This production contains mature language. Call the Box Office for more information. 

Run time

Approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes (no intermission) 

Accessibility

ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Post-play discussions

Join us after select performances for a 20-minute conversation facilitated by Guthrie staff. Cast members may join the discussion as they are able.

Post-play discussions are supported by Fredrikson & Byron

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Digital program and play guide

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Review

"Why would you want to sit in a theater and listen to three men argue for 80 minutes?

Here’s a reason: If you do, you might look back upon it as one of the most rewarding Twin Cities productions of 2023." — Pioneer Press

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Video

A conversation with the director

Hear from Kimberly Senior on what ‘Art’ is (and isn’t) about in this sneak peek video.

Artists

Cast

Robert O. Berdahl

Serge

Patrick Sabongui

Marc

Max Wojtanowicz

Yvan

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Creative

Yasmina Reza

Playwright

Kimberly Senior

Director

Brian Sidney Bembridge

Scenic Designer

Raquel Barreto

Costume Designer

Xavier Pierce

Lighting Designer

Mikhail Fiksel

Sound Designer/Composer

Elissa Adams

Dramaturg

Keely Wolter

Vocal Coach

Aaron Preusse

Fight Director

Christina Schweiger

Stage Manager

Lyndsey R. Harter

Assistant Stage Manager

Christopher Hampton

Translator

Jennifer Liestman

Resident Casting Director

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Photos

Max Wojtanowicz and Patrick Sabongui (Dan Norman)

Robert O. Berdahl, Max Wojtanowicz and Patrick Sabongui (Dan Norman)

Max Wojtanowicz and Robert O. Berdahl (Dan Norman)

The set of 'Art' (Dan Norman)

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