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The Credeaux Canvas

Keith Bunin’s play looks askance at the New York art world through the lens of a forgery scam.

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The Credeaux Canvas

Date: 29 Jun 2020

Keith Bunin’s play takes its audience up five flights of stairs and into the East Village garret that is home to Jamie, a disinherited son of the New York art set, and Winston, who is working toward his masters degree in painting and likewise penniless.

Also living here of late is Jamie’s girlfriend Amelia, who waits tables between her too-infrequent singing gigs.

The lack of cash stings Jamie, who spends his days charming the wealthy into buying high-priced real estate. He hits on a scheme: he’ll scam the rich, art-loving Tess, a client of his recently deceased art dealer dad, into buying a supposedly lost painting attributed to the brilliant but obscure French artist Jean-Paul Credeaux.

Winston, a gifted mimic, will paint it on a scrubbed second hand canvas sourced from an Avenue B junk shop. Amelia will pose for it, stark naked.

What could possibly go wrong?

The production – believed to be the first post-lockdown play to open – will be presented under strict health directives with audiences – initially at least – limited to 24 people per performance, all socially distanced.

Directed by Les Solomon, this production stars Samson Alston, Jasper Bruce, Rachel Marley, Tom Kelly and Beth Daly.

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