Serenbe Playhouse to Tackle Art & Friendship in ART This September

Serenbe Playhouse, recipient of the prestigious American Theatre Wing grant (2015), will present the second show in its 2016 Intimate Indoors season, ART, by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The show is directed by Ryan Oliveti. The show opens on September 8th and runs to September 11th only.

Performance times are Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Single tickets are on sale now online at serenbeplayhouse.com (anytime); and by phone at 770-463-1110 (Box Office hours are Monday-Saturday, noon until 6pm). ART will be produced in Atlanta at the Atlanta Contemporary, 535 Means Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

The Playhouse administrative offices are located at 9110 Selborne Lane, #210, Chattahoochee Hills GA, 30268.

ART is a Tony Award-winning play that looks at the worlds of art and friendship and how they collide. Serge has bought an expensive painting which is all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke. Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work. Yvan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into the disagreement. Lines are drawn as three old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures.

"Staying true to our mission of being site specific, we are bringing The Playhouse into the city," says Brian Clowdus - Playhouse Founder & Artistic/Executive Director. "Titles that would never make sense outside but still flourish in an intimate indoor setting is what this new series it all about. 75% of our audience resides in metro Atlanta, and we're excited to bring what we do on an intimate scale into the City! We foresee this also tapping into a new audience demographic with strategic partners like Atlanta Contemporary proving that theatre can happen anywhere and that it truly is for everyone."

"When The Playhouse staff was first brainstorming fabulous locations in Atlanta, the Atlanta Contemporary instantly came to mind," says director Ryan Oliveti. "The Playhouse has received a reputation for putting a fresh spin on classics. What better way to immerse an audience than plopping them down in the mist of a fresh, stunning art gallery? In a truly magical way, by surrounding the audience in art, it lets the art fade away to reveal the true heart of the story - friendship. I could not be more excited to bring this funny and deeply moving story to Atlanta."

Oliveti leads a creative team that includes costume design by Jennifer Alice Acker, sound and lighting design by William Coady, and properties design by Brian Clowdus.

Three of the top Atlanta actors have signed on for what is sure to be the immersive event of the Fall. Adam Fristoe - Co-Artistic Director of Out of Hand, MTV's Teen Wolf - stars as Marc. Daniel Parvis - Playhouse favorite from A Streetcar Named Desire and Of Mice and Men - stars as Yvan. Daviorr Snipes - Of Mice and Men at The Playhouse, at ALLIANCE THEATRE - stars as Serge.

Atlanta Contemporary is a community that offers ever-expanding support for the creation and appreciation of contemporary art. Founded in 1973 as Nexus, a grassroots artists' cooperative, Atlanta Contemporary has since become one of the Southeast's leading contemporary art centers. They play a vital role in Atlanta's cultural landscape by presenting six-10 exhibitions within four seasonal cycles each year, featuring consequential artists from the local, national, and international art scenes. They are one of the few local institutions that commissions new works by artists, paying particular attention to artists of note who have not had a significant exhibition in the Southeast. They organize 50+ diverse educational offerings annually, unrivaled by other local organizations of our size. Atlanta Contemporary is the only local organization to provide on-site subsidized studio space to working artists through our Studio Artist Program, removing cost as a barrier to the creative process.

Tickets are $25 - senior, student, and group discounts are available. Tickets are on sale at www.serenbeplayhouse.com anytime, or by calling the Box Office, Monday through Saturdays, noon until 6pm, 770463-1110. Performances are Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. The performance runtime is estimated at approximately 1 Hour, 10 Minutes, with no intermission.

Serenbe Playhouse is a professional theatre committed to producing site-specific performances and programs that connect art, nature and community. Serenbe Playhouse believes that theatre as an art form has the unique power to illuminate the human experience. In pursuit of that vision, we produce artistically rich site-specific performances and programming that reduce the barriers between artists and audiences by immersing patrons in an environment that amplifies the beauty of nature, and provides opportunities for engagement, conversation, and collaboration. We use theatre as an artistic educational tool for both artists and audiences. We are a pioneer in modeling Green Theatre Practices by producing plays with a commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Serenbe Playhouse was founded in 2009 under the executive and artistic direction of Brian Clowdus, an accomplished actor, educator, director and producer. Established under the umbrella of their parent organization, The Serenbe Institute for Art Culture & the Environment, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Serenbe Playhouse operates with the support of a diverse working board of directors and community volunteers. Recipient, American Theatre Wing's 2015 National Theatre Company Grant.

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