The following was submitted by the Salem Theatre Company:
Salem Theatre Company has extended their run of Jeffrey Hatcher’s A Picasso for one week. The production will now complete a five-week run on May 27th.
“This is the first time in our history that we have had an opportunity to extend a run of one of our productions,” states John Fogle, Artistic Director of Salem Theatre Company and director of A Picasso. “We made this decision after having two very good weekend runs including several sell-outs and several near sell-outs.”
Reviews for A Picasso have been glowing. Sarah Thomas of the Salem Gazette says, “…clearly, the STC was saving its most challenging character, and most compelling show, for last. Closing a standout season (with) the drama "A PICASSO…!" Linda Weltner, an independent reviewer states, "A Picasso is a gem that will stick in your memory, a testimony to the ability of The Salem Theatre Company and its pool of talented actors to mount productions that can stand proudly with the best." The blog North Shore Footlights said, "...[A PICASSO] is a grand theatrical finale that makes us excited to see what next season will bring."
Set in a vault under the streets of German-occupied Paris in 1941, A Picasso pits the famous artist against Miss Fischer, a cultural attaché from Berlin, who must determine if paintings recently confiscated by the Nazis are real–or fake–Picassos. Only the artist can tell for sure…but will he? A tango of sex, politics and power ensues…with a climactic twist.
In A Picasso, playwright Jeffrey Hatcher asks…what is the value of art in a world going to hell?
The two-character play features the return of one of Salem Theatre Company’s most popular pairings - Stephen Cooper of Marblehead and Linda Goetz of Newton. Chuck Baker of Salem serves as Stage Manager, Bruce Greenwald and Gregory Mancusi-Ungaro of Marblehead designed the set and lighting respectively, and Linda Ross Girard of Salem designed the costumes.
One of America’s most widely produced playwrights, Hatcher’s many award-winning plays have been performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally across the US and abroad. Some of his plays include Three Viewings, Scotland Road, Neddy, Korczak's Children, Mercy of a Storm, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright and Lucky Duck. Hatcher wrote the book for the Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance and the musical, ELLA.
The production performs on Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m. at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette Street, Salem. Tickets are available online at www.salemtheatre.com or can be reserved for pick up at the box office by calling 978-790-8546 or emailing email@example.com. Online ticketing ends 24 hours in advance of each performance. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $12 for students.