THE INDEPENDENTS

 

 

WRITTEN BY CHRISTOPHER WARD

 

 

PERFORMED AT THE THEATRE CENTER

 

IN THE JERRY ORBACH THEATRE

DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER WARD

 

 

SCENIC DESIGN BY HOLDEN GUNSTER

 

 

LIGHTING DESIGN BY MATTHEW SELLS

 

COSTUME DESIGN BY DEBORAH BURKE

SAY WHAT YOU WILL ABOUT EDGAR DEGAS, JUST DON'T CALL HIM AN IMPRESSIONIST

HE MUCH PREFERRED THE TERM "INDEPENDENT" TO DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF ART HE AND MARY CASSATT HELPED TO PIONEER. 

THE INDEPENDENTS PROVIDES A PARTIALLY FICTIONALIZED INTIMATE LOOK INTO THE LIVES OF THE THESE TWO LEGENDARY ARTISTS. FROM THEIR INITIAL MEETINGS THROUGH THEIR MANY SPATS AND DISAGREEMENTS AS BOTH HUMANS AND ARTISTS.

MUCH OF THE SCENERY WAS INSPIRED BY ITEMS AND ELEMENTS FOUND IN CASSATT'S OWN WORK, AS THE PLAY TAKES PLACE ENTIRELY WITHIN HER PARISIAN ART STUDIO. AS SOMEONE WHO DEDICATED HER LIFE ALMOST SOLELY TO HER WORK, SHE HAD NO NEED FOR MUCH BEYOND THE TOOLS OF HER TRADE. THERE WAS ALWAYS A BRUSH AND PAD JUST A REACH AWAY FOR ANY OF THE MANY SCENES IN WHICH WE FOUND HER AND DEGAS SKETCHING OUT ONE OF THEIR MANY FAMOUS WORKS.