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Mainstage

September 9th-19th 2021

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How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art?

Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting, all white! To Marc, the painting is a joke, another friend, Ivan, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, the friendship is finally tested, and the aftermath of action, and its reaction, affirms the power of those bonds.

 

written by Yasmina Reza
translated by Christopher Hampton

Directed by Victoria Pérez

Stage Management by Sara Jo Kukulka
Fight Direction by Daniel Lendzian
Scenic and Lighting Design by Reuben Julius
Costume Design by Mary Kate O'Connell

Cast
Marc................................
Rolando Gómez
Serge...................................John Kreuzer
Yvan..................................Joey Bucheker

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"At O'Connell & Company, arguments and humor are used to discuss the meaning of ART...it is both an indictment of the critical elite and reminder not to take ourselves, or our art too seriously." - THE BUFFALO NEW 3 stars out of four
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Meet the Cast & Creative Team

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Joey Bucheker

Yvan

Joey is a four time Artie nominee. Credits include Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding (Off-Bway Cast), Barnaby in Hello, Dolly! starring Carole Cooke, Mame with Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth, Rose in The Golden Girls – The Lost Episodes, Igor in Young Frankenstein, Emcee in Cabaret, God in An Act of God, Albert in It Shoulda Been You, and Nurse Candida in Killer Rack for which he received a Broadway World Regional Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Joey is the creator and co-writer of the popular Betsy Carmichael BINGO series and holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University.

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Rolando Gómez

Marc

Rolando is thrilled to be back at O’Connell & Company. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he was awarded best supporting actor at the International Festival of Golden Age Spanish Theater at El Chamizal National Theater and won a NYC Latin ACE Award for Blood Wedding. Rolando went on to perform throughout the U.S., Latin American, and Spain, including performing for the internationally renowned Spanish Repertory Theater. He is a founding member of Raíces Theatre Company. Among Rolando’s credits are Kiss of the Spider Woman, References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot, A Streetcar Named Desire, Four Guys Named José and a Woman Named Maria, In the Heights, and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore for which he was nominated for an Artie award.

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John Kreuzer

Serge

John is delighted to be returning to O’Connell & Company and working with this incredibly talented team. He last appeared on this stage as the Creature in Young Frankenstein (Artie award nominated Supporting Actor in a Musical). John has appeared in recent productions of Hand To God (Road Less Traveled Productions) and Almost, Maine (RLTP at 710 Main). John thanks the “Kreuzer Dynasty” for their support, encouragement, and inspiration.

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Victoria Pérez

Director

Victoria is the Co- Founder and Artistic Director of Raíces Theatre Company. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC studying Musical Theatre. Among her favorite theatre credits are, The Year of Magical Thinking, In the Heights (Daniela), Water by the Spoonful (Odessa), Death and the Maiden, (Paulina), The Clean House (Matilde) and, Superior Donuts (Randy). Favorite director credits, Real Women Have Curves, A Raisin In The Sun, Motherfu**ker with a Hat, Nine, Kiss of a Spiderwoman, and Cookin’ at the Cookery. Victoria won an Artie for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance in Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria at O'Connell & Company. She also received the Arts Award from Hispanics United of Buffalo, the Community Arts award and, Rising Star from the Hispanic Coalition of NYS. She is a graduate of the Teaching Artist Project in NYC, is the Lead Teaching Artist for Shea’s Performing Arts Center and has taught at various arts organizations across Western New York.