Meet Monet, Manet and More in World Premiere of Impressionists, April 9 in FL

News   Meet Monet, Manet and More in World Premiere of Impressionists, April 9 in FL The door to a salon featuring stars of the 19th century European art world will open April 21 when Florida's Caldwell Theatre Company provides a canvas for the world premiere of The Impressionists by Michael McKeever.

The work is billed as "a dramatic play about the origins of The Impressionist Movement" and is "infused with humanity, heartbreak and humor showing these artists as people like us who overcame struggles and hardships to successfully pursue their dream of a new art form."

The play is "explores the relationships between the friends who made up an artist salon in Paris in the 1860s."

Directed by Caldwell artistic and manager director Michael Hall, the cast includes Tim Burke (as Edgar Degas), Eric Martin Brown (as Edouard Manet), Peter Haig (in multiple roles), Terrell Hardcastle (as Claude Monet), Deanna Henson (as Berthe Morisot), Kathryn Lee Johnston (in multiple roles), George Kapetan (as Camille Pissarro) and Bruce Linser (as Pierre-Auguste Renoir).

The production (to May 21) will mark the first time the resident Equity Boca Raton troupe uses a video projection system "that will be incorporated into its traditional stage design, adding a variety of elements sure to enhance the theatrical experience."

* Michael McKeever's plays have been seen Off-Broadway, as well as throughout the U.S. and Europe. Productions include Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors (Marin Theatre Company, Marin County; Florida Stage, Manalapan; Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis; National New Play Network Finalist); Open Season (Hollywood Playhouse, Hollywood; Charlotte Rep New Play Festival); The Garden of Hannah List (Hypothetical Theatre Co., New York; Florida Stage, Manalapan); 37 Postcards (Kammerspiele, Vienna; Komedie Dresden; Hudson Stage Company, New York; Florida Studio, Sarasota; New Theatre, Miami); The Velveteen Undertow (Palm Beach Dramaworks); Sexy & Miggs (Key West Theatre Festival; New Theatre, Miami); Don't Tell the Tsar (Caldwell Theatre Company, Boca Raton); and Wait and See (New Theatre, Miami). He won two South Florida Critics' Association Carbonell Awards (The Garden of Hannah List, Running with Scissors, Best New Work).

The design team includes Tim Bennett (scenic), John D. Hall (lighting), Erin Amico (costume), Steve Shapiro (sound).

Opening is April 14.

For more information, call (877) 245-7432 or visit www.caldwelltheatre.com.

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