Evam is back in Banglaore with their earliest production, Art, and there is much excitement happening. We caught up with Jimmy, one of the three protagonists of Art, and asked him about the play.
Us: Old timers at Evam are abuzz about Art happening again. What gives? :)
Jimmy: At the risk of repeating yourself Art is happening again. The truth is that its been a while since we’ve performed Art and I think there is a collective opinion at evam that it is our classiest play. Also the theatre going audience has increased in the last couple of years and there is a whole bunch of theatre audiences who haven’t seen our version of Art. So that’s what gives.
Us: So what role do you play in Art?
J: There are 3 friends in the play Mark, Yvan and Serge and a painting. I play Serge. I’ve just bought the painting and thereby set off a chain of reactions that threaten to spiral out of control.
J: Actually i want to play the role of the painting. Imagine the play would then revolve around me :). Actually I’d like to play the role of Yvan. Only because the role is a direct opposite of me in real life and would therefore pose and extremely interesting challenge from an acting perspective.
J: Oh there have been several. 2 come to mind immediately. The painting belongs to me and should logically be only in my house. However when there was a scene change to Yvan’s house, the crew forgot to take the painting away, so there it was looking all lost in Yvan’s house. Another was Sunil muffing up his lines. In a long monologue he was tripping all over the words and at some point said something to the effect of “my mother in law swallowed her tongue”. It took a lot of effort to not crack up on stage
Us: Art, the play, in a line…
J: A story that seems funny but has definite complex and interesting undertones
Aand, there you go. That, is A glimpse of Art. Watch this space for more sneak peeks, and of course, if you’re in Bangalore, just head to Rangashankara on the 5th, 6th and 7th of April, or Museum theatre in Chennai on 16th April, to catch the real thing!