Sunday in The Park with George
If you have never seen Sunday in The Park with George, then you are missing a play that will quickly become one of your favorites. A Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical, the performance has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine.
Sunday in The Park with George follows artist Georges Seurat (played by Cecil Washington, Jr.) and what inspired him to create one of the most beloved paintings in history, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which was painted in 1884 and took him two years to complete. He created pointillism in his painting by using tiny dots of various pure colors, which allows the viewer's eye to blend the colors. He has his girlfriend, Dot (Jill Blackwood), to model for him as he works on his art and tries to get everything right. Georges has promised to take her to the Follies that night. She dreams of being a Follies girl herself. That evening, Dot gets ready to go out while Georges is still painting. When she is ready to go, he doesn't want to leave because he wants to keep painting. Over time, he continues to neglect her until she leaves him and meets a baker named Louis. She becomes pregnant and everyone knows that the child is Georges.
This extraordinary performance is fiction and very loosely based on the French artist. In this play, he has a daughter where in realty, he had a son, who died when he was just one-year-old. Here, the play shows the daughter as an old woman looking at the painting that her mother is in while talking to her grandson (also named Geroge) about his own art that he is conflicted with.
Sunday in The Park with George is under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley with musical direction by Allen Robertson and is a must see. Steakley says, "In our production, we will tell this story the way that theatre artists embark on a creative process, which is to start with a bare stage - the Topfer will be a fully exposed playing space where we see each creative design element made in front of us. The orchestra will be on stage because I want the audience to visually experience the way composer Stephen Sondheim sonically paints with his musical score. And Cecil Washington, Jr., who plays Georges, will be painting amongst the orchestra the way a conductor 'paints' with his baton, cueing in each section of musicians."
Zach Theatre, Topfer Theatre
May 30 - June 24, Wednesday - Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm, and Sundays 2:30pm
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