Ten Unknowns

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Opened Jan 30, 2004
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Ten Unknowns, by Jon Robin Baitz, is an incisive comedy, which explores the relationship between art and commerce, trend and talent. In the play, painter Malcolm Raphelson - one of the celebrated "Ten Unknowns of 1949" - faded into obscurity after turning his back on the world of commercial art. For nearly thirty years he has lived in a remote Mexican village, drinking and occasionally painting. But suddenly Malcolm's style comes back in fashion and an ambitious art dealer, Trevor Fabricant, is already setting up a comeback exhibition for works not yet painted. He provides Malcolm with a skillful assistant, Judd Sturgess, who sparks the output of many bold paintings. But with the unexpected arrival of Julia Bryant, a biology grad student from Berkeley who has traveled to Mexico to study the disappearance of a rare frog species, Malcolm finds a muse, throwing off a carefully crafted balance, which leads to the play's explosive but hopeful conclusion. There are four Sunday evening performances on February 15, 22, 29 and March 7 at 7:30 p.m..