Hear the play, see the art, talk about it.
Hear new or rarely produced plays that relate to special exhibitions at the Currier Museum of Art or objects or artists in the museum's permanent collection. After each of the readings, stay for a conversation lead by local experts in the fields of fine art, dramatic literature, and politics.
Admission to the readings and participation in the discussions is free with museum admission ($15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students). Passes for free admission to the museum may be checked out from more than 90 public libraries across the state. Students, faculty and staff from seven area colleges (including the NH Institute of Art, St. Anselm College and Southern NH University) also receive free admission to the museum. Following each reading and discussion, visit the galleries to view related artwork.
Occupant by Edward Albee
September 11, 2016, 2 pm at the Currier Museum of Art
Read in relation to Dream Houses XXXIII, 1971, by Louise Nevelson
Unapologetically flamboyant, New York sculptor Louise Nevelson's life was one marked by intrepid artistic triumphs as well as deep inner turmoil. In Edward Albee's Occupant, both her public accomplishments and private emotional conflicts are thoroughly examined by an unnamed interviewer who questions the posthumous Nevelson with an unabashed scrutiny. From her unique vantage point beyond the grave, Nevelson answers his queries with a clarity born of the distance provided by death. The result is a touching, humorous, and honest tribute to a woman who was a pioneer for free-thinking females everywhere, but also stood strongly on her own as one of the 20th century's greatest artistic minds. Edward Albee's Occupant is a testament of will, internal strength, and the cryptic force that continues to drive great artists.
The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall
January 8, 2017, 2 pm at the Currier Museum of Art
Heralded in London and on Broadway, this 2011 play by the Tony Award- winning writer of Billy Elliot is based on a triumphant true story. A group of miners in Northern England taking an art appreciation class start experimenting with painting and soon build an astonishing body of work that makes them the unlikeliest of art world sensations. An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, The Pitmen Painters is a deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics.
Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph
April 9, 2017, 2 pm at the Currier Museum of Art
Read in relation to the special exhibition Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting
Ilana, a world-renowned origami artist, is going through a divorce, her dog has run away, and she hasn’t answered her phone in two months. Then her intercom buzzes. It’s Andy, a fan, a high school teacher who counts his blessings. Literally — he’s up to 7,904. Andy introduces Suresh, an urban teen ipod addict and origami prodigy into Ilana’s life, and the plot folds really get complicated. A wise and richly layered comedy/drama from the author of Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo.