‘Art’ Coming to Hannibal for One Night Only
“We enjoy the intimate setting of a small theater space so we can better connect with the audience. Making a simple set that is easily portable opens the door to sharing the experience with neighboring communities that might not have as many opportunities for theater as we are blessed with in Springfield,” Matthew Dearing, the group’s founder said.
‘Art’ is being presented Saturday, February 2 at the Great Room in Hannibal, MO. The Great Room was recently featured on NPR with a show highlighting the arts movement in the community.
Built in 1890, this breathtaking Gothic Revival structure was built as a Pilgrim Congregational Church and rescued by artist Melissa Dominiak who has converted the space into a gallery and art studio. Her passion for painting coincides with her passion for this historical, Hannibal structure that houses not only her painting studio, but the Great Room itself. Its legendary significance, magnificent architecture, and ornamental beauty are all combined in a structure that Melissa wants to preserve to the best of her capabilities.
One of the directors of ‘Art’, Rich McCoy heard the interview on NPR and thought it would be the perfect venue to present a show that highlights the nature of art and its effect on friendships.
‘Art’ is the story of three friends who are to odds over a very expensive painting that is white on a white canvas, which comes to represent their friendship. The rules that dictate art and friendship are not always black and white. As lines are drawn, the three friends square off over the canvas as they question the nature of art and test the bonds of friendship.
Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and winner of the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, ‘Art’ will also be presented at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois February 8, 9, and 10.