New Light Theater Project and Access Theater present a revival of SIGHT UNSEEN by Donald Margulies, directed by Jerry Heymann. Previews begin February 8th at Access Theater with opening slated for February 11.
Jonathan Waxman is the artist as superstar, plunged into the exorbitant hype of the American art world where a publicist is as necessary as a brush and canvas. Just before his works are celebrated at an exhibition in London, Jonathan journeys to the village where his former lover, Patricia, lives with her British husband, Nick. Archaeologists working on a dig, their spare existence is spent sifting through a Roman rubbish heap to discover the past. In their cold, remote house, Jonathan discovers an early painting of Patricia he'd done when they were young lovers. The subsequent struggle for the painting embodies the unreconciled passions of the past. Patricia has never forgiven Jonathan for leaving her, Nick despises Jonathan and the kind of art he produces, and Jonathan has never been able to recapture the inspiration and purity he felt when he painted Patricia. In taut scenes that dart from past to present and back, the characters are forced to deal with the unanswerable question of anti-Semitism, the legacy of the Holocaust and assimilation, the sadness of lost love, the role of the artist and the location of the human soul at the end of a ragged century.
Winner of the 1992 Obie Award. This is the story of an American mega-artist so successful he's had the obligatory profile in Vanity Fair and can claim astronomical prices for his works sight unseen from a waiting list of wealthy patrons. In England for a retrospective of his paintings, the artist goes into the countryside to visit his original muse and lover, the "sacrificial shiksa" whom he abandoned in his quest for the opulent life which now devours him.
The cast includes Lee Seymour, Nancy Nagrant, Richard Brundage, and Ally Carey.
The production team will include Scenic Design by Brian Dudkiewicz, Costume Design by Ashleigh Poteat, Lighting Design by Ali Hall, Sound Design by Andy Evan Cohen, and Dialect Coaching by Theresa McElwee.
Under Artistic Director Sarah Norris, NEW LIGHT THEATER PROJECT is an ensemble-based theater company in New York City. They place writers at the center of the process of developing new works and reinterpreting classic stories. They create an environmentfor both artist and audiencethat is open, engaging, and affordable. For more info, visit NewLightTheaterProject.com.
Since 1992, ACCESS THEATER has served as a cost-effective rental alternative to New York's Off-Off and Independent Theater scene. Access seeks innovative, not-for-profit producing organizations devoted to the production of new works.
SIGHT UNSEEN runs February 8 thru February 25. This production runs 1 hour and 40 minutes and will include one 10 minute intermission. Access Theater is located at 380 Broadway on the 4th floor (at White Street) -- accessible from the A/C/E/N/Q/R/6 trains at Canal Street or the 1 train at Franklin. Tickets are $15 at 630-632-1459 or strangecountry.brownpapertickets.com.
Access Theater-Black Box Theater (View)
380 Broadway @ White St. 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
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