By Wayne Allen
ART by Yasmina Reza will be coming to the Portsmouth Little Theatre (PLT) on June 6, 7, 13 and 14.
Kasie Leightenheimer a first time director for PLT said, putting together ART has been interesting and a learning process for her.
“I started off assistant directing this show and throughout the audition process it became clear we were going to lose a little bit of time. So, Micheal Stapleton who was originally slated to direct, stepped aside and let me take creative control of the project under his guidance,” Leightenheimer said. “I’m really excited to be cutting my teeth on on such an interesting piece like this, it’s what I like to do best.”
Leightenheimer said was easily able to step into the role because of the directors she has learned from in the past.
“The directors that I’ve worked with have been are really talented and the cast makes my job very easy. They are very open to direction and in the first couple of weeks and came to a common ground based on an interpretation and the big takeaway and things like that,” Leightenheimer said.
According to www.pltlive.com ART is described as a, “serious story of three friends and a canvas covered in white paint which becomes almost as much an object of obsession as Moby Dick. Is it Art? Serge thinks so; he paid gobs of money for it. Marc strongly disagrees. He things the painting is bogus and Serge has been taken. Serge claims that opinion tells more about Marc’s ignorance than it does about the painting. Ivan is drawn into the fray. The arguments grow personal. The white canvas draws out old slights and failures. At lease, Serge offers Marc the chance to prove his beliefs by scribbling on the canvas. Philosophy meets action; often known as putting ones money where ones month is.”
Leightenheimer said the cast consists of Eric Armstrong, Micheal Stapleton and Andy Maillet.
“They are incredibly talented people, I’ve worked with them all before in several different capacities. They are all well seasoned veterans of the PLT stage and I’m really thrilled to work with them. I don’t think I could have had a better cast,” Leightenheimer said. “It’s a fun and exciting to see these actors break loose on stage like this as things get more and more tense. There is a bit of an explosion at the end that’s a lot of fun for everyone to see.”
Leightenheimer said within the show are topics people can find relevance in.
“What I think is really interesting about the show is that it features great acting and it’s a fantastic story about an issue everyone can find relevant. The issues include what is art, what is culture, what makes a piece of art valuable and what makes a work of art interesting,” Leightenheimer said.”It makes people think about the conditions of friendship and other issues that I think are pretty interesting as well.”
Leightenheimer said ART is adult themed and has been given an R rating as a result.
When asked why people should come see the show Leightenheimer said, “This is going to be a show that sends people home smiling, cringing and eager to talk about what they just saw. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Leightenheimer said.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. with box office opening at 6:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are available at www.pltlive.com or can be purchased at the box office. Tickets are $10 for students and Seniors and $12 at the door for everyone else.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT