Abstract Expression

by  Theresa Rebeck

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  6m, 3f

After a scathing review 15 years ago, a once-celebrated painter faded into impoverished obscurity. Can one chance encounter resurrect this volatile artist from obscurity and re-launch him to overnight success?

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Abstract Expression

by  Theresa Rebeck

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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After a scathing review 15 years ago, a once-celebrated painter faded into impoverished obscurity. Can one chance encounter resurrect this volatile artist from obscurity and re-launch him to overnight success? Theresa Rebeck skillfully compares the gritty urban realities of lives lived on the edge with the capricious intrigues of the uptown gallery scene where fame might just be a matter of who you know and reputations can be bought and sold.
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Reviews

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"Meaningful questions of morality, aesthetics and class conflict." -The Seattle Times

"Underneath her satirical surface, equal to the best of Richard Brinsley Sheridan in The School for Scandal, Rebeck rekindles the troubling assertion that it was the support of the political, financial and artistic establishment that made possible the triumph of absract expressionist paintings and transferred the capital of the art world from Paris to New York."  -New Haven Register

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

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  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

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  • Setting: The locations vary between Charlie’s apartment, quite small and meager, on the lower east side; Sylvia’s elegant apartment on the upper east side; the kitchen of Kidman’s artist’s loft; and the office of Lillian’s gallery.

Casting

6m, 3f
CHARLIE – Black, mid-fifties
SYLVIA – White, early sixties
LILLIAN – White, late thirties
EUGENE – White, forty
JENNY – White, twenty-eight
KIDMAN – White, early fifties
RAY/LUCAS – Black, late twenties
PHILLIP/JORDY – White, late twenties
WILLIE – White, thirty
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Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeckis a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts at the Music Box Theatre; Seminar at the Golden Theatre; Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Fa ...

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Abstract Expression premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT in November 1998 under the direction of Greg Leaming.

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