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"What is Art?" Directed by James R.W. Hiatt
The Ruby Theater @ The Complex
Hollywood, CA
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Friday Jan 18, 2013 6:00 PM - Sunday Feb 10, 2013 6:00 PM | $10.00 - $20.00


"What is Art?" Directed by James R.W. Hiatt
The night begins with "Avant Garde", our very own Experimental Visual Arts Gallery showing, hosted at the Ruby Theater, featuring new works by talented Artists who push the bounds and delve into a personal exploration of Art. We will feature a variety of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, and more

After enjoying the art, wine, and cheese, We shall feature the brilliant comedic play "Art", written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. "Art", directed by James R.W. Hiatt, stars Kelly Gullett as "Marc", Micah Brenner as "Serge", and Chris Karmiol as "Yvan". Our Production Designer is Ben Boquist.

At the conclusion of the play, the night continues after a brief intermission. "Arts du Spectacle", hosted by the lovely Cat LaCohie, is a Performance Art spectacle featuring magicians, acrobats, contortionists, comedians, burlesque, contemporary singers, opera arias, dance numbers, etc in our quest to ask the question "What is ART?" most fully.

"What is Art?" promises to be an unforgettable evening of an epic creative scale. Join us for a truly inspired experience that is sure to stimulate your own creative energies, and expand your mind in new unique ways!


"Art" is a brilliant comedy: anyone looking for a play that is funny, sophisticated, stylish, stimulating, and moving, should see "ART"!

"Art" addresses themes exploring various aspects of the nature and bounds of male friendship. "Art" is less about a debate over artistic values than it is about the inherent complexities of friendship and human connection. Robert Hurwitt observed in a review for the San Francisco Chronicle, '' 'Art' isn't about aesthetics but the psychological, emotional and power dynamics of friendship.'


If your friendship is based on tacit mutual agreement, what happens when one person does something completely different and unexpected? The question is: "Are you who you think you are, if they aren't who you thought they were?"

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It's about five feet by four, all white with white lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships.

The New York Daily News called it "A graceful, subtle, and elegant meditation on Male Friendship, and what it is that binds people together."

The London Times said, "A remarkably wise, witty, and intelligent comedy...'Art' has touched a universal nerve."

Producers: John Bucher, Steve Saunders
Associate Producer of Funding and Resource Development: Danny Derakhshan
Associate Producer of Performance Arts: Cat LaCohie
Associate Producer: Joel Cooper

"Art" was Produced on Broadway by David Pugh, Sean Connery and Joan Cullman, March 1, 1998.



The Ruby Theater @ The Complex (View)
6476 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90038
United States

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Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Dance
Arts > Fashion
Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Arts > Visual
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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