Company of Fools Will Present ART

This summer Company of Fools (COF) will present the chic, short, and wickedly funny comedy ART by award-winning playwright Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. The play, which won both the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, will run August 9-13 at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.

ART begins by asking an age-old question-what IS art? The play revolves around an art lover (Serge) who purchases what is, in essence, a pure white painting. He pays a fortune for it, which causes his best friend (Marc) to go ballistic. To Marc, the painting is an overpriced joke, but Serge insists that Marc doesn't possess the proper sensibility to appreciate the work. Things get even more interesting when a third friend (Yvan) is pulled into the disagreement and winds up getting squeezed in the middle. Battle lines are drawn and old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to dredge up old hurts and failures. This hilarious comedy poses questions about the meaning of strange modern art and strange modern friendships-and how the two are sometimes not all that different.

"We presented Yasmina Reza's play God of Carnage in 2012 was a huge hit with our community - that we just had to bring ART to the Liberty Theatre stage, as well," said Core Company Artist Denise Simone. "Reza's fabulous writing pulls you into relationships that unravel wildly over the course of the story. It's funny, fast and furious."

Denise Simone directs a standout cast featuring Scott Creighton (Marc), Chris Carwithen (Yvan) and Joel Vilinsky (Serge). Rounding out the creative team for ART are Joe Lavigne (Set Design), and K.O. Ogilvie (Stage Manager).

Company of Fools' 21st season is sponsored by The Shubert Foundation, Ali Long/ Springcreek Foundation, High Country Fusion, Ken Lewis, Priscilla Pittiglio, Mary Ann and John Underwood, Linda and Bob Edwards, Arrow R Storage and Scott Miley Roofing and media sponsor The Weekly Sun.

About the Playwright: Yasmina Reza is a French playwright and novelist based in Paris. Her works have enjoyed critical acclaim and popular success around the globe and have been translated into 35 languages. She has written seven plays (Conversations After a Burial, The Passage of Winter, ART, The Unexpected Man, Life X 3, A Spanish Play, God of Carnage, How You Talk the Game) and six novels (Hammerklavier, Une Desolation (Desolation), Adam Haberberg, Dans la Luge d'Arthur Schopenhauer, Nulle Part and L'Aube, le Soir ou la Nuit (Dawn Dusk or Night). Her films include Le Pique-Nique de Lulu Kreutz, directed by Didier Martiny, and Chicas, written and directed by the author.

Ticket Information

Tickets are $35 for full price, $30 for seniors and Center members and $15 for students (18 and under). These ticket prices do not include the "Pay What You Feel" preview (August 9) and 10 for $10. There is also a SPECIAL GROUP RATE-groups of eight or more receive $30 tickets!

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 208.578.9122 or at the Liberty Theatre box office starting one hour prior to curtain. Company of Fools' box office is located at the Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main Street in Hailey, with hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. All seats are reserved, with the exception of our "Pay What You Feel" preview. You may reserve your seats in advance for the "Pay What You Feel" preview at full price.

Performance Schedule

Tuesday, August 9 7 p.m. "Pay What You Feel" Preview

Wednesday, August 10 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 11 7 p.m.

Friday, August 12 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 13 8 p.m.


"Pay What You Feel" Preview - Tuesday, August 9 (7 p.m.)

Join us for the first performance of ART and literally pay whatever you'd like! Tickets go on sale at the Liberty Theatre box office one hour prior to the performance. Simply buy your ticket, find a seat and enjoy the show. If you'd prefer to reserve your seats, you may also purchase your tickets at full price for this performance.

"10 for $10"

Ten seats are sold for $10 each on each night at the box office starting one hour prior to the performance. Limit two tickets per person.

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