New play by Tony Award-winning writer of Billy Elliot based on a triumphant true story
The Beck Center for the Arts intimate Studio Theater will be the site of Lee Hall’s “The Pitman Painters”. The show will be presented May 31 through July 7, 2013. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale.
This true story (written by Tony Award-winning author Lee Hall) is taken from the book by William Feaver about the Ashington Group. This crew of Northern England coal miners took an art appreciation class and overnight became world-wide sensations in the art world. “The Pitmen Painters” is an inspiring story about how arts can truly be life changing.
Heralded in London’s West End and on Broadway, Variety called The Pitmen Painters “a feel-good, make that a feel-great hit…inspirational…heartbreakingly funny.” For more information about The Ashington Group, visit ashingtongroup.co.uk.
“The Pitmen Painters” is directed by Sarah May and features nine area actors including Equity actors Chris Bohan and Dana Hart (who appear courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association).
“This is a remarkable true story that reaffirms my belief that art can change lives.” remarked May. “I am thrilled to be working with an excellent cast that is committed to honoring these hard-working blokes who discovered their potential through the stroke of a paintbrush.” The Pitmen Painters contains brief nudity.
Tickets are $28 for adults and $25 for seniors (65 and older) with an additional $3 service fee per ticket applied at time of purchase. Student tickets are $15 with valid I.D. (includes service fee). Preview Night on Thursday, May 30 is $10 with general admission seating. Group discounts are available for parties of 13 or more.
Purchase tickets online at beckcenter.org or call Customer Service at 216.521.2540, ext. 10. Beck Center for the Arts is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available.
Opening night patrons are invited to come early for Marquee Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Cleveland Artists Foundation gallery. This happy hour event includes complimentary appetizers, free musical entertainment by Lounge Kitty and happy hour priced drinks; plus free gallery exhibits including Beck Center’s Student Art Show in the Jean Bulicek Galleria and Pioneering Modernism: Post-Impressionism in Cleveland (1908-1913) in the Virginia Q. Foley Gallery of the Cleveland Artists Foundation.
This production of The Pitmen Painters is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and is sponsored by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for special needs students, and free gallery exhibits featuring local, regional, and international artists.