BLOCK PARTY 2022: The Art Couple

written by Brendan Hunt (Absolutely Filthy)
directed by Lauren Van Kurin

AUGUST 13-28, 2022
Tuesdays through Fridays @ 8pm
Saturdays @ 2pm & 8pm
Sundays @ 1pm & 6:30pm

More Info (ticket sales coming soon)

NOTE: The link above takes you to the CTG website; tickets are not available via Sacred Fools.

BLOCK PARTY: The biggest curtain call in Los Angeles returns to the Douglas for a fourth season with Block Party 2022. Join Center Theatre Group in applauding the talent, diversity, and ingenuity of our community of 250-plus Los Angeles theatre companies. We're excited to remount recent productions from two intimate L.A. theatres - showcasing their outstanding work at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

THE ART COUPLE: So, legendary painters Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh become roommates. If this sounds like the set-up to a lost Neil Simon play - you're halfway there. The Art Couple is the irreverent new comedy about an odd pair of artists that may or may not have starred in the original draft of The Odd Couple. One is a Parisian clean freak. The other is an absinthe-guzzling, Dutch slob. And when these opposites hole up in a French country cabin for a creative retreat, the barbs fly faster than oil splashing across canvas. All the while, in a less distant past, Neil Simon is bouncing ideas off a mysterious stranger trying to come up with his next big play.

Written by Ted Lasso co-creator Brendan Hunt (Emmy Award® winner for Outstanding Comedy Series) and featuring a stellar ensemble cast, this send-up of dueling geniuses paints a portrait of the inner struggles of all artists - from world-famous painters to soon-to-be-famous playwrights. In the meantime, can Vincent and Paul get along before someone loses an ear?

"The Venn diagram where high art intersects with fart jokes." -KCRW

Performing at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA  90232


Discounts

$50 PARTY PASS: Join the party and see both Block Party productions (The Art Couple and IAMA Theatre Company's Canyon) with the Block Party PARTY PASS. $50 Party Pass (plus NO handling fees!) Enjoy 2 shows, plus complimentary intermission cocktails at each performance. AVAILABLE BY PHONE OR IN PERSON ONLY. Call CTG's Audiences Services at 213.628.2772.

$25 SACRED FOOLS DISCOUNT: For any and all of our patrons, supporters or fans! $25 Tickets, all price levels, all shows. Visit CTGLA.org/Promo and use code: FOOLS. Insider tip: You can use the same code for $25 tix to IAMA's Canyon! (Not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers. Handling fees may apply. Subject to availability.)

FREE PLAY: If you're 25 and under, you're invited to attend the first preview performance, Wednesday, March 18 at 8pm, FOR FREE! Free Play Reservations for The Art Couple start March 4. And did you know... FREE PLAY is available for ALL first previews at The Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre and select productions at the Ahmanson? Now you do!
(FreePlay tickets will become available by phone, online, and at the Center Theatre Group Box Office approximately two weeks before the performance, up until 30 minutes before showtime, pending availability.)

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT: Pay What You Want tickets are available to anyone for the second preview performance, Thursday, March 19 at 8pm. (Available in person only. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers. Subject to availability. $1 minimum.)

The Art Couple was originally presented at Sacred Fools in 2018. Read about the original production!

Cast

Brendan Hunt as Vincent van Gogh
Bryan Bellomo as Paul Gauguin
Clayton Farris as Neil Simon
Ryan Patrick Welsh as Steve, the Busboy
Marie-Francoise Theodore as Rachel / Madame Ginoux
Kristyn Evelyn as August / Angelique Alouette
Laura Schein as Henry / Scamp / Toinette Alouette / Dancer
Joel Scher as George / Artie / Roulin / Theo / Inspector Mureé

Crew

Associate Director / Producer - Bruno Oliver
Production Stage Manager - Rachel Manheimer
Assistant Stage Manager - Taylor Cullen
Set Designer - DeAnne Millais
Costume Designer - Linda Muggeridge
Sound Designer - Ben Rock
Projection Designer - Corwin Evans
Lighting Designer - Andrew Schmedake
Properties Designer - Ashley Crow
Fight Choreographer - Trampas Thompson

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