Apr. 21 through May 14, 2023
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00p pm, and Sunday at 2:00 pm
(Single tickets: $22)
Fri., Apr. 21, 8:00 p.m. Opening Night - mask required
Sat., Apr. 22, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 23, 2:00 p.m.- mask required
Thurs., Apr. 27, 8:00 p.m.- mask required
Fri., Apr. 28, 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 29, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 30, 2:00 p.m. - NO PERFORMANCE
Thurs., May 4, 8:00 p.m.- mask required
Fri., May 5, 8:00 p.m.
Sat., May 6, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., May 7, 2:00 p.m.- mask required
Thurs., May 11, 8:00 p.m.- mask required
Fri., May 12, 8:00 p.m.
Sat., May 13, 8:00 p.m.
Sun., May 14, 2:00 p.m.- mask required
THEATRE NOVA PRESENTS
by Hal Davis and Carla Milarch
It is evening at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where old friends, cousins, and lovers - Sylvie, Astrid, and Justin - gather at a wedding reception. Seminarian Justin sneaks off to be alone in Gallery 406, where he encounters Jackson Pollock’s famous splatter painting One: Number 31, 1950. As the painting mesmerizes him, Pollock’s ghost emerges to challenge some of Justin's most fundamental beliefs, divulging stories, and secrets of Pollock's turbulent life. Meanwhile, Astrid and Sylvie come and go, appealing to Justin to join the party, as conflicts from their past bubble back to the surface, prompting Justin to question his choices and his chosen future.
Directed by Briana O’Neal, “SPLATTERED!” features Artun Kircali, Marie Muhammad, Andrew Huff, and Allison Megroet. The production and design team includes Monica Spencer and Forrest Hejkal (scenic design), Jeff Alder (lighting design), Genevieve Compton (costume design), Carla Milarch (sound and props), and Carolyn Pierce (stage manager).
For the health, safety, and well-being of our patrons, staff, and artists, Theatre NOVA's current COVID-19 policy requires patrons to wear masks while in the building for particular shows. On dates when masks are not required, we still highly recommend patrons wear masks. This policy is subject to change anytime, following fluctuating local, state, and federal guidelines. Please check our current COVID-19 policy before your scheduled performance date.
"Written by Hal Davis and Carla Milarch, [Splattered!'] takes place on Monica Spencer’s and Forrest Hejkal’s perfectly-designed set consisting of a wall and floor “splatter painted” in the style of artist Jackson Pollock, and a simple upholstered bench in the center of the stage. Nothing more or less was needed.
The story takes place at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where a wedding reception is taking place. All the action occurs in Gallery 406, although the reception is occurring in another room. The wedding ceremony has been performed by third year Catholic seminary student Justin, played by Artun Kircali, who very effectively portrays Justin’s anguished state of mind throughout the production.
Soon the ghost of Pollock, played very convincingly by Andrew Huff, appears. He converses with and challenges Justin throughout the play as the two men discuss various subjects, including philosophy and theology. As the education of a seminarian includes studies of these subjects, Justin would be well versed in these areas.
Overall, a very engaging and creative script, brought to life brilliantly by the performers, set, sound, lighting, and direction."
PULP: ARTS AROUND ANN ARBOR
ACTION PAIN-ING: THE GHOST OF PAINTER JACKSON POLLOCK IS A CONFLICTED PRIEST'S CONFIDANT IN THEATRE NOVA'S "SPLATTERED!"
"Huff, as Pollock, seems to be having the most fun, playing the drama’s meatiest role. All the painter’s mistakes, as big as they are, are behind him, so he blazes through conversations with a fierceness Justin struggles to match. Kircali, meanwhile, has the most challenging part, because he must find ways to hint at the iceberg of emotion and past events that inform Justin’s arrival point in this frenzied present. Muhammad charms the audience in her scenes... Scenic designers Monica Spencer and Forrest Hejkal put the actors inside Pollock’s famous “drip painting,” which extends across the entire floor, the walls, and the pole, and place only a bench on Theatre Nova’s otherwise bare stage. This makes Pollock’s art the show’s focal point, and also accurately mimics the spareness of a museum gallery... lighting designer Jeff Alder uses his powers to ratchet up the ghost story feel of the play, as does Milarch as sound designer. And finally, costume designer Genevieve Compton nails the different characters’ looks, with the possible exception of Pollock’s too uniformly splattered denim outfit, which otherwise, in terms of cut and era-specific styling, feels exactly right."