May 2 – May 19, 2013
Written by Jill Campbell / Directed by George Ferencz
“WE GIVE THANKS TO OFF-OFF BROADWAY’S LA MAMA, AND PLAYWRIGHT JILL CAMPBELL’S SPECTACULAR CHEMISTRY OF LOVE, FOR WAKING ME UP TO THE FACT THAT NEW AND ENGAGING PERMUTATIONS OF STAGECRAFT ARE STILL A POSSIBILITY.”
– JAY REISBERG, CULTURECATCH.COM
“THE PLAY FUNCTIONS AS BOTH A SATIRE AND A TRAGEDY. PLAYWRIGHT CAMPBELL HAS DONE AN IMPRESSIVE JOB OF GROUNDING A COMPLICATED CYCLE OF DEVELOPMENTS IN CHARACTER.”
“THIS PLAY FEELS AND SOUNDS RIGHT. WHETHER YOU HAVE OR DON’T HAVE ART POSEURISH FRIENDS YOU’LL LOVE SPENDING TIME WITH THESE ARTISTS.”
- LARRY LITT, NYTHEATREWIRE.COM
“THE PLAY PEELS BACK LAYERS OF THE INSULAR WORLD OF ARTS TO REVEAL A MESS JACKSON POLLOCK WOULD BE PROUD OF.”
- KAREN D’ONOFRIO, ELECTRIC LINK JOURNEY.COM
“BOTTOM LINE: THIS WELL-ACTED AND WELL-STAGED PRODUCTION EXPLORES THE PROBLEMS ONE FACES WHEN THEY DEPICT THEIR PERSONAL LIFE IN THEIR ART.”
—ADRIENNE URBANSKI, THEATRE IS EASY.COM
Matt Baxter Luceno*
* Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Assistant Director: Jason Marx
Costumes by Sally Lesser
Lighting by Jeff Tapper
Film & Media by Jonathan Phelps
Set Design by Donald Eastman
Sound by Tim Schellenbaum
When conceptual artist Lara is nominated for a half-million dollar grant, she must present a brilliant new work to an anonymous committee in order to collect. Her friends and colleagues are thrilled for her, but resentment boils just under the surface, and when her best friend Karen tries to co-opt her project, Lara discovers that making art among friends has higher stakes then she could have imagined. A biting and emotional look at the insular art world, friends become competitors, creativity is a commodity and happiness for others’ success is in short supply. A mixed media world premiere, Chemistry of Love strips bare the process of making art, revealing the toll it takes on one’s self and peers.
Inspired by Camus’ The Artist at Work, Chemistry of Love received development support from La MaMa’s Experiments Series and was nominated by La MaMa for the Weissberger Award.
Official show site: http://chemistryoflove.net/
“Campbell’s words are so beautiful and real the audience is perched on the edge of its seat.” – Camden New Journal, London
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