Simple miscommunications on stage at CAM
The visual and the performing arts merge in Niagara University’s theatre department for its production of “Art.” Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, and written by Yasmina Reza, “Art” will be directed by NU alumnus Paschal Frisina III.
Senior theater performance major Mary Boatman, who portrays “Marc” in the show, explains that every year the theatre department and the Castellani Art Museum jointly put on a production. “Art” has been chosen for this year’s collaboration. “Art” will be performed amongst the pieces in the Castellani Art Museum.
“The museum puts up an exhibit in the main gallery to match the theme of the play,” Boatman said. “And it acts as part of the set for the show.”
The location is not the only aspect of this production that makes it unique. Boatman explains that the cast of three girls all will portray males.
“The playwright was a female, and she wrote to try and grasp the male persona,” Boatman said.
She said the three friends will discuss their differences through a painting.
“This play is about the art of friendship, the art of conversation, as well as literal art,” Boatman said. This production not only discusses friendship, but also how “simple miscommunications and misunderstandings can uproot a friendship,” Boatman said.
Since the cast only has three girls in it, Boatman said it allowed more time for each student to develop her own individual characters, rather than memorizing the steps to huge musical numbers.
“We work very efficiently together; we know how to have fun and buckle down and rehearse,” Boatman said.
In addition to Boatman, the cast includes Steph Wattie and Chelsey M. Zimmerman. Theatre studies students Amy Mings and Alexei Carstensen are stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.
As usual, tickets are free for NU students with IDs. Boatman explained that college-level theater offers a unique experience for the student body to see classmates perform.
“It's a cool experience to see the girl who sits next to you in philosophy up on stage making a fool of herself,” Boatman joked.
“Art” will be performed at the Castellani Art Museum at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 and at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 18. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 19.
“If you can't find a reason to come to the show, at least come to see three chicks act like dudes,” Boatman said.