“The Independents” Live Theatre
After a long hiatus, A Classic Theatre in collaboration with the St. Augustine Art Association, is thrilled to be offering live theatre again. The Independents is an original play by playwright Christopher Ward. It had an off-Broadway run before COVID shut theaters down.
Friends, lovers, adversaries, collaborators…? The details and realities of the relationship between Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas eludes us. He the difficult Frenchman, she the strong-willed American, both had an artistic kinship that developed into a 40-year friendship, though there has been much speculation that there was more to their special rapport. There is evidence of the influence each had on the other’s work in their paintings and sculptures.
After visiting a Degas-Cassatt exhibit at the National Gallery in 2014, playwright Christopher Ward was inspired to explore that relationship. After a year doing extensive research, he finished the play The Independents, a work of fiction with much historical accuracy. Though very few first hand accounts exist, Ward brings their tumultuous connection to life with great accuracy, authenticity and humor. Their razor-sharp wit on display as neither one would back down from a good fight.
The Independents instructs as well as entertain and brings to life two of the most iconic impressionist artists of all time.
Starring Heather Eggleston as Cassatt and Kelly McTaggart as Degas. Produced by Cindy Alexander and directed by Jean Rahner.
The play will run over two consecutive weekends at the St. Augustine Art Association.
Friday and Saturday, November 13 & 14 and 20 & 21 at 7:30pm.
Sunday, November 15 & 22 at 2:00pm.
Tickets are available tbe clicking the event website link.