August 29, 2014

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At French Creek, it’s ‘Art’

The TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center of Avon Lake is bringing a little bit of Broadway to Lorain County this month as it brings a nationally renowned play to the French Creek Nature Center in Sheffield.

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TrueNorth at French Creek Theatre will present the play “Art,” directed by Marc Montz (second from right, of Cleveland Heights. The cast includes (from left): Brian Bartels, of Rocky River, as Marc, Robert Hawkes, of Cleveland Heights, as Serge and Bob Kenderes, of Brunswick, as Yvan.

Director Marc Montz will present the 1998 Tony-Award winning play “Art” in an intimate setting that is open to the public. The play will be presented Friday through Sunday and Nov. 16-17, with a preview Thursday.

“ ‘Art’ is a play about three guys — Brian Bartels as Marc, Robert Hawkes as Serge and Bob Kenderes as Yvan — a painting and the examination of friendship,” said Montz. “It sounds simple, but it’s definitely not.”

A comedy, “Art” engages the audience with ample laughs, real-life situations and reflection upon their own lives.

“There is definitely some PG-13 language, so it’s probably best to leave the kids at home for this one,” Montz said.

Rick Fortney, president of True North, which was founded in 1999, said that the center has partnered with the Lorain County Metro Parks and has been renovating a portion of the French Creek Nature Center into a state-of-the-art theater that will host several True North presentations each year.

“After numerous discussions and considerations between both of our boards of directors, it became obvious that the synergy indicated a natural fit,” Fortney said of the partnership.

Ewing Hall, which has housed various nature- and animal-related exhibits for more than 16 years, has new floors, lighting, acoustics, staging and paint.

“The new theater will seat 300, and the furthest seat in the house is only 12 rows back,” Fortney said.

Tickets are on sale now and are $10 per person. To purchase tickets or to get more information on True North or “Art,” call the French Creek Nature Center at (440) 949-5200 or visit www.TNCArts.org.

Contact Lee Ann Mullen at 329-7155 or metro@chroniclet.com.