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Opening Night of the Comedy “Art” Sells Out in Sandestin, FL

Emerald Coast Theater Company Brings New Culture to the Destin Area

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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. It also received rave reviews when it debuted in New York including the New York Post, which described it as “wildly funny and naughtily provocative”.

“The energy and excitement of playing an intelligent comedy to a full house filled with laughter … what more could we ask for?” 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 “Art.” Admission includes a free art gallery showcase — featuring original paintings, mixed media, glass art and more by 12 award-winning local visual artists — open an hour before the show.

“We didn’t know what to expect, but the collaborative gallery showcase has been the perfect pre-show primer,” Fisher says. “It has been fun to watch patrons mix and mingle as they viewed the art on display.”

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 Manhattan’s theater district and tickets for two to “Kinky Boots,” winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Patrons can donate toward raffle tickets at each performance of “Art,” 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 “Art.” You do not need to be present to win.

The three-member cast includes Don Goodrum (Serge), Jason Hedden (Yvan) and Allen Walker (Marc). 

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.

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