Winston, a young painter, shares an East Village apartment with Jamie, the son of a prominent art dealer. The death of Jamie's father, who has disinherited him, sets him spinning into the depths of despair. It seems that neither Winston nor Jamie's girlfriend, Amelia, can do anything to help him. But then Jamie has a brilliant idea. On his way home from the reading of the will Jamie ran into Tess, one of his father's richest, most important collectors. Jamie lied to Tess, telling her that his father left him one in a series of the rarest of all of Credeaux's canvases and that she must buy it. Convinced that they will all three be set, Jamie talks Winston (who is studying Credeaux) into inventing this painting with Amelia as the model. The relationships between the three begin to shift as their needs and desires become more evident. Once the painting is completed, and Tess enters their lives, everything comes out in the open, and no one escapes unscathed—the damage is tragically done.
"There is that moment between adolescence and middle age when being disaffected looks attractive. Witness the enduring appeal of Prince Hamlet, Jake Barnes and James Dean, on the stage, page and screen. Or, more immediately, take a look at the lithe young things in THE CREDEAUX CANVAS…" —NY Times. "THE CREDEAUX CANVAS is the third recent play about painters…it turned out to be the best of the lot, better even than most plays about non-painters." —NY Magazine.