Artistic differences

  • Peter Josephson of Henniker and Katie Collins of Manchester perform as Lionel and Maude in the Community Players of Concord production of "Bakersfield Mist," at the Hatbox Theatre. —Courtesy of Katie Griffiths

  • Peter Josephson of Henniker (left) and Katie Collins of Manchester perform as Lionel and Maude in the Community Players of Concord production of “Bakersfield Mist,” at the Hatbox Theatre. Courtesy of Katie Griffiths

  • Peter Josephson of Henniker performs as Lionel in the Community Players of Concord production of "Bakersfield Mist," at the Hatbox Theatre. —Courtesy of Katie Griffiths

  • Katie Collins of Manchester performs as Maude in the Community Players of Concord production of "Bakersfield Mist," at the Hatbox Theatre. —Courtesy of Katie Griffiths

Monitor staff
Published: 7/3/2019 1:39:45 PM

The only two characters in Bakersfield Mist could not be more different.

The dramedy, produced by the Community Players of Concord and performed at the Hatbox Theatre at the Steeplegate Mall, tells the story of Maude Gutman, who claims to have bought a Jackson Pollock painting at a thrift store, and the snooty art professor, Lionel Percy, who has been sent to check out the claim.

Maude is described as a salty ex-bartender who lives in a trailer home decorated with junk shop and garage sale odds and ends.

The play by Stephen Sacks is based on the true story of a Bakersfield, Calif., woman’s claim in 1992.

The title of the show is a play on “Lavender Mist,” Pollock’s huge 10-by-7-foot canvas composed entirely of paint drips and splashes (including Pollock’s own handprints) that emits a mauve glow, hence the name.

Maude (played by Katie Collins of Manchester) and Lionel (Peter Josephson of Henniker) come together to in hopes of discovering authenticity, truth, and possibly great art, but the play gradually becomes less about the painting and more about their own authenticity and their own passions, and how events in their lives have brought them to this moment. The juxtaposition of these two very different characters results in out-and-out hilarity, musings on what constitutes art, and who exactly gets to claim what is art – and what is not.

The show is directed by Vicky Sandin of Nashua.

The Community Players of Concord will stage two weekends of shows at the Hatbox from Friday through July 14 with show times on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17 general admission; $14 for students, seniors and members and $12 for senior members.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit hatboxnh.com.




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