The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. Artist Han van Meegeren sits in a prison cell accused of selling a long-lost by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazis, a crime tantamount to treason. Van Meegeren contends that the painting was a forgery, which he skillfully produced and aged with a special treatment of the plastic known as Bakelite. Now he must create another masterpiece in front of his jailer, art historian Geert Piller, to save his life. The Bakelite Masterpiece is a dynamic and compelling play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
Following the reading, Dr. Landis K. Magnuson, professor of theater at St. Anselm College will lead a brief discussion in the auditorium.
Admission to the readings and participation in the discussions is free with general admission to the museum ($15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students). Passes for reduced general admission to the museum may be checked out from more than 90 public libraries across the state. Students, faculty and staff from eight area colleges (including the NH Institute of Art, St. Anselm College and Southern NH University) also receive free admission to the museum.
Saturday, April 20
Wednesday, June 12