The Clark Hosts a Williamstown Theatre Festival Reading of the Comedy, Some Exhibition, on August 22

For Immediate Release

August 09, 2005

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, in conjunction with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, will present a staged reading of the new play Some Exhibition on Monday, August 22 at 8 pm in the Clark auditorium, to be directed by Theatre Festival Artistic Director Roger Rees. Admission is $20 which includes entrance to the Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile exhibition from 7 to 8 p.m. and a cash bar reception following the performance.

"Not only is this a wonderful play, but I hope this is the first of many collaborations between two centers of excellence, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Clark. Let's look forward to sharing many more great works of art,” said Rees.

A comedy written by Simon Fortin, Some Exhibition chronicles the hilarious tribulations surrounding the making of Jacques-Louis David’s famed painting, The Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine (1805-1808), a masterwork that occupied two years of David’s life and nearly cost him his marriage and his sanity. The play explores the meandering relationship between history and its representation, the eternal struggle between artistic integrity and commerce, and the politics of love and sex.

In the last 20 years, Simon has acted in Canada and the U.S. in more than 50 productions of Shakespeare, Tremblay, Chekhov, Offenbach, Stoppard and Rogers & Hammerstein, and others. Errata, an allegory on the last days of French collaborationist and writer Robert Brasillach was his first play written directly in English. Some Exhibition, a comedy, is his second.

The first exhibition to explore the transformation of Jacques-Louis David’s art following the French Revolution, Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile is also the first major exhibition in the U.S. to focus exclusively on David’s work. The exhibition, featuring 26 paintings and 22 works on paper, includes many of the artist’s greatest paintings and recently discovered works that have never before been seen in the United States. The Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine, far too large to travel to this exhibition at 20 feet 8 inches by 32 feet 1 inch, is represented in Empire to Exile by preparatory works, alongside reproductions, including full-scale details.

Empire to Exile, on view through September 5, has been co-organized by the Clark and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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