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The Clark and the Williamstown Theatre Festival Present a Reading of the International Hit Art February 5

For Immediate Release

January 11, 2010

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Williamstown Theatre Festival present a staged reading of Yasmina Reza’s international hit Art on Friday, February 5, at 7 pm, at the Clark. Hailed as “a remarkably wise, witty, and intelligent comedy” by The London Times, Art is sure to tickle your funny bone and brain. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience WTF in the winter. Reservations are required for this free event at the Clark co-presented by the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Clark. Call 413-458-0524 to reserve a seat (limit of four tickets per reservation).

When an art lover buys what is in essence a pure white painting for a horse-choking sum, his best friend goes ballistic, and a third friend gets caught in the middle. This three man play questions the meaning of modern art and modern friendships and how they’re sometimes not all that different. How would you feel about your best friend if he did something you thought was so colossally stupid, it made you doubt the very basis of the friendship?

Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2002 winner of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, brings award-winning actors, directors, and playwrights to the Berkshires for a summer season of theatrical endeavor, revisiting classic plays with exciting new productions, developing bold world premieres, and offering a rich array of Festival events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs. Renowned for its acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to unparalleled training and professional development programs serving new generations of aspiring theatre artists and managers.

The Clark is a dynamic institution welcoming visitors year-round to experience outstanding European and American art in a beautiful, rural setting in the picturesque Berkshire Hills. Opened in 1955, the Clark developed from the private collection of Sterling and Francine Clark, which continues to grow, now consisting of 8,000 objects, including 495 paintings and significant holdings of works on paper and decorative arts. The Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. The Clark, together with Williams College, sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November 1 through May 31. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is always free for those eighteen years of age and under, members, and students with valid college identification. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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