Art

November 2015

Performer

An adaptation of Yasmina Reza's Tony Award winning play that explores the connection between taste and 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 or are you who your friends think you are?

This play, an adaptation of the original Tony Award winning play by Yasmina Reza, which raises serious questions about art and friendship, concerns three longtime friends, Sameer, Mathur and Yohan. Sameer, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a large and expensive painting. Mathur is horrified, and their relationship suffers considerable strain as a result of their differing opinions about what constitutes "art". Yohan, caught in the middle of the conflict, tries to please and mollify both of them. As the evening goes on and the conversation starts to get more and more personal, we realize the issue, is about more than just a painting.

Playing the character of "Sameer" whose modern sensibilities and outrageous aesthetics cause a rift amongst the group, was a relatable experience. As someone with a non-traditional background in theatre, I often myself at odds with the conventional way of doing things. For the role, I spent considerable time understanding the psyche of a modern art lover and all the idiosyncrasies involved in their outlook towards life. This performance also brought me my first award as Best Actor at St. Stephen's College Delhi in 2016!

Cast & Crew

Presented by Fourth Wall Productions, SSCBS

Production Overview

Premiere: 1 November 2015
No. Of Performances: 10
Running Length: 110 mins
Language: English

Staged at BITS Pilani Goa, IP College for Women, St. Stephen's College, Dyal Singh, Shaheed Bhagat Singh (E) College, Shivaji College, Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival at Indian Habitat Centre

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