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Sunday, October 09, 2005

THE HEIST

The luminous Christine Goodman is the founder and Director of Arthouse Productions, and she is looking for volunteers for her latest project. Please contact her at info@arthouseproductions.org if interested in pitching in with any of the following:
  • Running crew
  • Set load-in on 10/30 from 10AM - 10 PM
  • Scene-building and light set-up
  • Coat check
  • Ticketing
  • Makeup
  • Costumes
  • Mailing party
  • Flyer distribution


ABOUT THE PROJECT

Fifteen years ago, paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, Vermeer and others were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA, leaving a massive hole in the collection of one of the world's foremost patrons of the arts. Although these works are valued at over $500 million, they are considered by many to be priceless. Due to stipulations in Ms. Gardner's will, the museum could not be altered after her death, leaving huge spaces of bare gallery wall where the art once hung.

Right now, Jersey City, NJ, is experiencing a similar sense of artistic loss. Due to struggles over space and property development, artists who once resided in the Powerhouse Arts District have been forced to vacate their studios and homes. The heartbeat and creative force of Jersey City lives on, but hundreds of artists who once lived and worked together do so separately now, and many have left town by necessity. The arts community is rebuilding with fervor, but there is no denying that Jersey City was wounded terribly by this loss within the Powerhouse Arts District.

In November 2005, Art House Productions will present The Heist Project, an exciting, collaborative, multimedia play exploring these two true stories. The Heist Project is a "living art exhibit" where modern interpretations of the stolen Gardner works come to life with actual actors inside of the paintings (dialogue to be created by area poets and writers). Ultimately, The Heist Project is meant to be a reflection of the value our society places on its art and artists.

The Heist Project will take place in Victory Hall's 4,000 sq ft. third floor space. The show will open on Friday, November 4, 2005 and performances continue on Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm. Performance schedule is as follows: November 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. VICTORY HALL is at 186 Grand St. (at Marin Blvd.) in Jersey City (do not use this as a mailing address). For more information about Art House Productions, visit www.arthouseproductions.org.


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