City Theatre Company
March 11—April 2
We’ve likely all strolled past—and hopefully stopped to take a long close look at—paintings by iconic artists such as Monet, da Vinci, Picasso and many others. But have you ever stopped to think about what goes through the minds of the dedicated guards who diligently protect the world’s masterpieces, and assist countless museum visitors, day in and day out?
It all begins when loyal museum guard Henry sparks a life-altering connection with Rembrandt’s 1653 painting, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, and “sets into motion a time-bending journey where art intersects with life.”
Suddenly, the painting becomes a portal into other dimensions, where theater-goers will travel throughout three distinct time periods to meet legendary cultural figures such as Dutch painter Rembrandt and Greek poet Homer.
In an inventive format, the play’s versatile cast of five actors—Andrew May, Stephen James Anthony, Melinda Helfrich, Billy Hepfinger, and Raphael Nash Thompson—will portray all 10 roles.
Described as a “spellbinding theatrical exploration of the power of human connection,” the drama explores that it means to seize the day. Blending dramatic storytelling, rich language and imaginative character studies, The Guard also examines ideas about humanity, love, legacy, hope, and fear.
Inspired by a particularly moving experience that Dickey had while visiting The National Gallery in London, The Guard is directed by City Theatre’s Artistic Director Tracy Brigden.
The production marks the third time that the South Side-based company has collaborated with Dickey—who is best known for her acclaimed and widely-produced play, The Amish Project.
Dig deeper into the themes of the play at one of City Theatre’s engaging public programs offered in conjunction with The Guard. As part of its “City Connects UNITY” series, the theater will host a conversation with The Thomas Merton Center on Saturday, April 1, following the 1 p.m. matinee.
Additional programs include Sunday Talkbacks, Greenroom Young Professionals Nights, events with Carnegie Museum of Art and The Andy Warhol Museum, a photography exhibition featuring local museum guards at work, and a display of“touchable” works by Radiant Hall.