My Play about Paul Cezanne

Visiting Cezanne, my newest play, is having its world premiere next month in Seattle. For those of you in the area, I hope to see you there. Red Rover Theatre Company is producing.

This play was inspired by a 2011 visit to a Cezanne exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and my subsequent trip to Cezanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence, France. Visiting Cezanne continues my exploration of 19th century artists and their impact on the 20th century. My play Das Ende, produced last year, focused on the controversial composer Richard Wagner.

About the show: Unknown painter Nora Baker visits the Metropolitan Museum in 2016, where things quickly turn weird. From there she travels to an artist’s studio in southern France in 1900. Nora desperately wants to get back to 2016 but Paul Cezanne, another obscure artist with his own problems, is not being helpful. Also ensnared in Nora’s crisis are an art historian from Utah and Cezanne’s gardener.

Visiting Cezanne examines what represents failure and success for artists. Cezanne is one of those artists who achieved modest success in his lifetime but whose reputation exploded after he died.

Director: Andrew McGinn is a veteran director and actor who teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle University, and Freehold Theatre Lab. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York.

Cast: Libby Barnard (Bessie Shaw), Molly Hall (Nora Baker), Bill Johns (Paul Cezanne), Dara Lillis (Germain Vallier)

Production Team: Amelia Modlin, Scenic Design; Gwyn Skone, Lighting Design; Mario Gomez, Sound Design; Fawn Bartlett, Costume Design; Liza Vaughn, Stage Manager.

Where: 18th & Union Arts Space, 1406 18th Ave., Capitol Hill, Seattle

When:
March 22, 7:30        March 29, 7:30
March 23, 7:30        March 30, 7:30
March 24, 7:30        March 31, 2:00
March 25, 2:00        March 31, 7:30

Tickets: $16 to $20. Available online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

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