Yasmina Reza’s ART comes to the Raue Center

On July 8th, the theatre part of TheatreFEST goes into high gear with two shows running in rotating rep at downtown Crystal Lake’s Raue Center For The Arts. Yasmina Reza’s Tony award-winning comedy “Art” runs select days July 8-31.

“Art” follows three longtime friends, Marc, Serge, & Yvan. When Serge drops a fortune on a piece of modern art, his friends’ surprising reactions touch off a series of personal confrontations that threaten their friendship in hilarious ways. This intelligent, rapid-fire comedy, sparkling with verbal wit, explores the power of art to engage the imagination…not to mention enflame the emotions.

“I enjoy stories where seemingly mundane events cause these tremendous explosions between people,” explains director and ensemble member Michele Vazquez*, “I find it very true to life. We fight about a painting or leaving the toilet seat up or any number of stupid things. But what we are really fighting about is something else entirely; an old wound, a grievance, a resentment, a thwarted expectation. It resonates because we’ve all been there…and it’s funny for the same reason. Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself.”

“Art” features ensemble member Ivan Ewert as Yvan, Tod Kent* as Serge and James Turano as Marc. “Art” is produced by Williams Street Repertory, McHenry County’s only professional theatre company and opens at Raue Center For The Arts on July 8.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Founding Artistic Director: Richard Kuranda, SDC

Production Stage Manager: Caitlin I. Quinn

Producing Director: Mike Vandercook

Company Manager: Kate Wilford

Marketing Director: Melissa Thomfohrda

Marketing Manager: Michele V. Knight

Raue Center offers special seating arrangements and hearing devices for patrons with disabilities. Please call the box office at 815.356.9212 to make arrangements prior to the performance.

Raue Center Box Office | 815.356.9212 | 12 to 4pm | Mon-Sat | Open Sundays on performance days 1 hour prior to performance.



About Williams Street Rep:

Williams Street Repertory is currently in its 6th Season in residence at Raue Center For The Arts. WSR is dedicated to sustaining an artistic process of innovative and emotionally charged work, telling diverse stories, and creating an in-house production company of well-respected artists. WSR was made possible through support provided by Susen Håakansson Berg and James C. Berg, the City of Crystal Lake, ComEd, McHenry County Community Foundation and Epic Repertory Theater Company. www.wsrep.org

About Raue Center For The Arts:

Raue Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts. For 14 years, they have provided quality programming – striving to make it pertinent, available and affordable to all. As a painstakingly restored 1920s regional showcase theatre named for its benefactor—Lucile Raue—Raue Center has attracted the finest stars, Broadway shows, musicians and artists. Named on the League of Historic American Theaters, Raue Center is one of the finest examples of theatre restoration in the nation. The 750-seat theatre, located in historic, downtown Crystal Lake, is a gathering place for our region’s citizens and has become a true destination. For additional information, visit www.rauecenter.org, www.facebook.com/RaueCenter and twitter.com/RaueCenter.