Max Beckmann, Art on Stage
June 7, 2010 § Leave a comment
With words by Sally Stubbs and direction by Touchstone’s Artistic Director Katrina Dunn, Her Beckmann’s People runs at the Playwrights Theatre Centre studio in Vancouver June 10-19.
The story follows Anna (Dawn Petten), who, returning to the city she ran from decades ago, confronts her family with tough questions about their past. Over the course of the plays she paints the final panel of a triptych about her family and their transformation as a result of their actions during the Nazi regime.
Anna’s greatest influence is German expressionist artist Max Beckmann.
Director Dunn explains that local visual artist Jonathan Sutton has been coaching Petten on painting techniques so that the actor can weave a realistic relationship to her craft into the action of the play. “She also sketches live onstage and Jonathan is creating those sketches, which are then lightly photocopied onto sketch paper for the actor to follow, providing the onstage illusion.”
Affiliated with the production, Touchstone is raffling off a painting by Victoria artist Christine Reimer.
Max Beckmann, Self-portrait with Red Scarf, 1917