‘Art’ was written by Yasmina Reza in 1994, and won the Molière Award for best play, best production and best author. It was translated into English by Christopher Hampton, and this version won the Evening Standard ‘Best Comedy of the Year’ award in 1996 and the Tony Award for Best Play in 1998. It is a play about friends who fall out over a minimalist painting, and has been produced in 30 countries. It has been performed in Finland, but we believe this is its first airing in English here. It’s funny, it’s moving, it’s engaging.
Born in France on the first of May 1959, Yasmina Reza is a multi-talented Iranian, a playwright, actress, novelist and screenwriter. Several of her plays, beginning with Conversations After a Burial in 1987, have won the Prix Molière, the French equivalent of the Tony Award. She gained international recognition for ‘Art’. Her latest play, The Unexpected Man - also translated into English by Christopher Hampton - was performed in London in 2005.
The Really Small Theatre Company
The Really Small Theatre Company was formed in 2005 as vehicle for staging John Misto’s ‘The Shoe-horn Sonata’ - a powerful piece about life in a women’s prisoner-of-war camp. ‘Art’ has been designed to travel, and is being performed in Porvoo and in various venues in Helsinki. We are open to offers!