Opening Night of the Comedy “Art” Sells Out in Sandestin, FL
Emerald Coast Theater Company Brings New Culture to the Destin Area
Are you looking for something a little more cultural this Spring Break in Destin, FL? Maybe you need a little laughter in your life. Well, this live performance will be sure to knock your socks off and tickle your senses. Brought to you from Broadway, it is a must see in Destin this March.
The Comedy, “Art” opened to a sold out crowd on Friday, March 6 at Emerald Coast Theater Company (ECTC) in the Market Shops of Sandestin. “Art,”which debuted in London’s West End in 1996 is written by French playwright Yasmina Reza. It opened on Broadway 2 years later winning both the Tony Award & New York Drama Critics’ Circle for Best Play.Â It also received rave reviews when it debuted in New York including the New York Post, which described it as â€świldly funny and naughtily provocative”.
â€śThe energy and excitement of playing an intelligent comedy to a full house filled with laughter â€¦ what more could we ask for?â€ť said ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher.
The comedy will run for three performances next weekend, March 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. in suite 15 at The Market Shops of Sandestin in Miramar Beach.
According to WordPlay Ink, theater patrons are being treated to a little more art at â€śArt.â€ť Admission includes a free art gallery showcase â€” featuring original paintings, mixed media, glass art and more by 12 award-winning local visual artists â€” open an hour before the show.
â€śWe didnâ€™t know what to expect, but the collaborative gallery showcase has been the perfect pre-show primer,â€ť Fisher says. â€śIt has been fun to watch patrons mix and mingle as they viewed the art on display.â€ť
Theatergoers may also participate in an Art-themed Raffle. The prizes are an original 24 x 24 coastal inspired painting donated by Santa Rosa Beach artist Lori Drew, and a Broadway Bound package featuring a two-night hotel stay at The Benjamin, a luxury boutique hotel in heart of Manhattanâ€™s theater district and tickets for two to â€śKinky Boots,â€ť winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Patrons can donate toward raffle tickets at each performance of â€śArt,â€ť from ECTC board members, or by calling (850) 687-1637. Individual raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Raffle contest winners will be drawn on March 15 after the final performance of â€śArt.â€ť You do not need to be present to win.
The three-member cast includes Don Goodrum (Serge), Jason Hedden (Yvan) and Allen Walker (Marc).Â
Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for seniors and $12 for students. Due to language, the play is recommended for adult audiences. Seats are limited, advance purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets, visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org or call (850) 687-1637.
Watch this video to get a little bit more of an idea of who ECTC is and what they stand for.