'ART'

By Yazmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Cast

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Marc

Serge

Yvan

Alexis Boss

Brian Kocherhans

John Valdez

Creative Team

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Director

Production Designer

Board operators

Fight Choreographer

Kacey Spadafora

Kacey Spadafora

Ash Wix, Kacey Spadafora

John Valdez

Director's Note

It seems surreal to be writing this note as AOTC reaches its fifth anniversary. When I co-founded the company in 2017, I couldn't have imagined what this company and the community that has embraced it would mean to me. I've had the incredible honor to direct some challenging productions that have asked heavy questions and marked important events and movements. I've met the most amazing people who give so much of themselves and are so kind and talented and passionate.

 

It's such a joy to be able to bring three of those people who have been a part of the AOTC journey through the years together in 'ART'. This show has been a breath of fresh air. After losing our space and having directed so many intense and dramatic and sad shows (and don't get me wrong I LOVE those), being in a room with the three people on stage to create comedy and laugh together has been so healing. That's not to say that 'ART' is fluff–far from it. It asks such interesting questions about friendship and perception and, yes, art. Examining these themes through mirth and humor frames everything so uniquely that it has made me ponder them in ways I'd never had before.

 

So sit back, relax, and enjoy 'ART', the first of many shows to come after the company has its first five years under it's belt.

Kacey Spadafora

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A Word from the New Artistic Director

I don’t mean to be hyperbolic, but there have been times when AOTC has saved my life.

 

I first came to the old RadioShack space to design sound for Angles in America, during a time when my footing was unsure in almost everything…career, love, faith, art. And during those weeks of watching rehearsal, digging into the script, and working with the rest of the cast and crew, I slowly woke up to myself again.

 

Since then, I’ve been so lucky to have been a part of so many AOTC productions, from designing sound to playing a 1950s lesbian housewife to directing the story of two women at BYU who fall in love and more.

 

I joined the company in 2018, and my love for this tenacious little theatre has only grown. Because Provo NEEDS queer stories and BIPOC stories and stories for, by, and about all of the “others” in our little conservative state. The sense of belonging and welcome that Taylor and Kacey and Shelby have created is so powerful.

 

And even beyond that, AOTC just makes plain damn good theatre. I’ve seen pure magic created on a shoestring budget. We’ve shook the walls with Hedwig and the Angry Inch and we’ve taken imaginary journeys into space with Christopher in the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. When the pandemic hit, we moved into the parking lot and created a drive-in live theatre.

 

I’m so humbled and thrilled to be at the helm of this company today. We’ll keep bringing you powerful theatre and queer stories and we’ll keep navigating Provo together. Thanks for being here with us.

Liz Whittaker

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
AOTC!

Thank you for your support through the last five years and over 30 productions! We can't wait to celebrate the coming years with you. 

Season 1 (2017-2018)

Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival: Safe Sex, One Self

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

A Doll’s House

The SantaLand Diaries

Fat Pig

Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches

Six Characters in Search of an Author

Next Fall

How I Learned to Drive

The Drag

 

Season 2 (2018-2019)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Let the Right One In

Perfect Arrangement

Edward II

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The Rapture Happens At Midnight

The Flick

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

Safe: A Staged Reading

Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival: Thimble

 

Season 3 (2019-2020)

The Moors

Doubt

The SantaLand Diaries

Safe

STREAMED PRODUCTION: Odd-Shaped Balls

DRIVE-IN: Last Train to Nibroc

STREAMED PRODUCTION: Somethin’ to Cry About

STREAMED: Safe, A Christmas Story reading

(STREAMED: Panel series)

(STREAMED: Tethered reading)

 

2020 - present

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

STREAMED: The Fossil Record

The Normal Heart

New Play Festival

Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival: Somethin’ to Cry About

'ART'

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