Benefit Performances of 'Art' Come to TAMIU Jan. 21-22, 2005

Benefit Performances of 'Art' Come to TAMIU Jan. 21-22


What is art? What does it mean to be a true friend and a mentor? Find out how these two questions are related as guest actors perform "Art" at the Sam Johnson Black Box Theater at Texas A&M International University's Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Friday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m.

"In addition to our calendar full of performances and exhibits by our own students and faculty, this guest appearance is another wonderful opportunity to show off our facility, in particular the Sam Johnson Black Box Theater. The intimate setting is ideally suited for this type of performance. Though we do not yet have a theater arts degree program, this is a great chance for any interested students to witness high-quality professional theater," said Dana Crabtree, program coordinator for the Fine and Performing Arts.

Although the Tony Award-winning play appears to be a discussion on the notion of modern art, it also examines the dynamics of the roles of the three characters. "Art" explores the challenges of a 15-year friendship after a man, Serge, buys a white painting for a large sum of money. Former Laredoan Phil Kazen, John O'Neill and Bill Gundry star in the short play directed by Jerry Watson. Written originally in French by playwright Yazmina Reza, and later translated into English, it debuted in Paris, 1994.

"The play's entertaining subject matter is universal - connoisseurs of every art form will relate to the characters' discussion of minimalist and other modern visual art styles. Hopefully, this will provoke thoughtful discussion, as all great art does.

"The actors will open their technical rehearsal and run-through on Friday afternoon to any interested students, as well as provide a question and answer session, at no cost," explained Crabtree.

The run-through starts at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21 at the Sam Johnson Black Box Theater.

Admission for the play is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call 326.2654 or 326.2175 to purchase tickets in advance. Ticket sales benefit the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

For more information, e-mail Dana Crabtree at dcrabtree@tamiu.edu, call 326.3040 or visit offices at the Fine and Performing Arts Center. University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu