What’s the genius about this painting? It’s ‘white lines on a white canvas’ that’s what it is. So the true lover of art will pay an absolute fortune to get this masterpiece. And true friends will support him – to come to his senses. Starting from an argument about a piece of art, or, for some, a piece of trash, these three friends will get to the most important questions of life. Who’s controlling, and who’s manipulated? Who’s got balls to stand up for himself and who’s just following others? But most of all: what does it mean to be a true friend?
The play was first presented by Sean Connery in London, since then, it’s become a worldwide success. West End, Broadway, at least one and a half million viewers – and they did not believe their eyes: just like the three old friends standing before the white canvas.
Author Yazmina Reza only lets the play performed by male actors. Maybe because there are no such women behaving like this.
Author represented by Thleia Productions. Production in Hungary is supervised by Theatrum Mundi Agency, Budapest.
Attila Béres (1971, Marosvásárhely) is a MS in mathematics, he graduated in theatre acting and directing from the University of Arts Tărgu Mureş (Romania). After an initial spell at the Hevesi Theatre, Eger, he went on to being resident director at the National Theatre, Pécs. In 2006 he was appointed Artistic Director of Operetta Theatre in Budapest. Between 2014 and 2015, he was Artistic Director of the Weöres Theatre, Szombathely. In 2012, he became Assistant Managing Director, and since 2015 he is Managing Director of the National Theatre, Miskolc.
Apart from staging countless Hungarian productions, he had multiple opportunities to work in Romanian and Russian theatres. For Thália Theatre, Budapest, he directed Reza's ‘Art’, as well as Feydeau's ‘From Marriage Till Divorce’, Molnár's ‘Liliom’ and Woody Allen's ‘Bullets Over Broadway’, among others.