Banyan Theater Company 2015 Season Announcement: Art, by Yasmina Reza; The Amish Project, by Jessica Dickey; My Old Lady, by Israel Horovitz

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 Our 2015 Summer Season

 

Art

By Yasmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

June 25 – July 12

One white painting, three colorful opinions about what makes art, well, art. Serge, indulging his penchant for modern art, has purchased a large, expensive, completely white painting. His longtime friend Marc is horrified, which causes considerable strain in their relationship. Yvan, caught in the middle, tries to please and mollify both of them. Lines are drawn and they 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 friendship … and possibly that piece of “art.” Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy.

 

“… a nonstop cross-fire of crackling language … Reza is a fiendishly clever writer … Art sounds like a marriage of Molière and Woody Allen …” ~Newsweek

 

2:00 pm June 27, 28*; July 5*, 7, 11, 12

8:00 pm June 25, 26, 27; July 1, 2*, 3, 7, 8, 9*, 10, 11

 

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The Amish Project

By Jessica Dickey

July 16 – August 2

The Amish Project, featuring one woman (Katherine Michelle Tanner) portraying all seven roles, is a devastating and beautiful play that compels us to question the paths we take at the crossroads of grief, rage and clemency. Inspired by the 2006 school shootings in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, this fictional account of a real-life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the world of Amish culture, and to come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness.

 

“Extraordinary … compelling … the play is … a remarkable piece of writing.”

~New York Times

 

2:00 pm July 18, 19*, 25, 26*; August 1, 2

8:00 pm July 16, 17, 18, 22, 23*, 24, 25, 29, 30*, 31; August 1

 

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My Old Lady

By Israel Horovitz

August 6 – August 23

When a down-on-his-luck middle-aged man inherits an apartment in Paris, he plans to solve his financial woes by selling it. He discovers, much to his dismay, that the elderly woman living there has lifetime habitation rights under an arcane French law and she is not about to give them up. Because he has no other place to go, she invites him to stay in the spacious apartment. There, he learns friendship, falls in love, and must finally deal with the death of his father.

The movie by the same name, starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, was released in September 2014 and directed by Mr. Horovitz.

 

“This production underlines the play’s sadness without diluting the leavening touches of comedy that make it so satisfying.” ~Wall Street Journal

 

2:00 pm August 8, 9*, 15, 16*, 22, 23

8:00 pm August 6, 7, 8, 12, 13*, 14, 15, 19, 20*, 21, 22

 

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*Play Talks, free informal discussions with the cast,  

follow these performances.

 

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