Department of Theatre and Dance Presents Alumni Production of ‘Art’ Comedy to Commemorate Homecoming 2005


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 12, 2005 — Southeast Missouri State University’s  Department of Theatre and Dance invites students, alumni and visitors  to a very special alumni production of the comedy “Art,” during Homecoming  week 2005.

The play, written by French playwright Yazmina Reza, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 25-29 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 in Forrest H. Rose Theatre in Cape Girardeau.

“Reza managed to create a play with a terrific mix of comedy and cultural awareness,” said Dennis Seyer, professor of theatre and dance at Southeast and director of “Art.” Previous productions of “Art” have been very well received and have won numerous awards including the “Moliere Award” in Paris in 1995, “Best New Comedy” at the 1997 Olivier Awards in London and “Best Play” at the 1998 Tony Awards in New York.

The original production in London featured Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay, and the Broadway production starred Alan Alda, Victor Garber and Alfred Molina. In the spirit of Homecoming, the production of this three-man show will be performed entirely by Southeast alumni, including Scott Hamann as Marc, Patrick Abbott as Serge, and Mike Renick as Yvan. 

Dennis Seyer, a Southeast alumnus, will serve as director and scenic designer. Other Southeast alumni involved in this production include Rhonda Weller-Stilson, Craig Thomas and James Parker.  

 “Art” describes the old friendship of three men that is seriously disrupted when one of them buys a very expensive modern work of art that resembles nothing so much as a blank canvas. Is it a modern marvel waiting for correct interpretation or is it a total waste of money and a testament to the owner’s foolishness?  Exploring both what comprises art and what comprises friendship, “Art” is a hilarious foray into modern culture and relationships.

Advance tickets for “Art” are $10 for the general public, $9 for seniors, faculty and staff, and $8 for Southeast students. All tickets purchased at the door are $10. Members of the Southeast Alumni Association may present their membership cards at the Rose Theatre Box Office to receive a one-time-only 10 percent discount.

For tickets or for more information, please call the performing Arts Box Office  at (573) 651-2265.