COLLABORATION: WARHOL & BASQUIAT is a new full-length play written by Tony Award nominee, Calvin Levels. This dramatic portrait depicts the artistic and personal relationship between two of the 20th Century’s greatest artists, the iconic Pop artist Andy Warhol and the Neo-expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. It captures an historic art-world moment as they attempt to navigate the perilous terrain of art and fame while collaboration on a joint series of paintings for their New York City gallery exhibiton.
Directed by Lonny Price. ( 2016 London revival and 2017 Broadway revival of SUNSET BOULEVARD, starring Glenn Close; LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, starring Audra McDonald; 110 IN THE SHADE, starring Audra McDonald; "MASTER HAROLD"...AND THE BOYS, starring Danny Glover: A CLASS ACT; and VISiTNG MR. GREEN, starring Eli Wallach.) He is the recipient of the Emmy Award, Theatre World Award, Obie Award, Drama League Award, Tony Award nomination and New York Film and Video Festival Best Director of a Drama Award.
The play debuted December 2, 2016 at HERE’s Mainstage Theatre, located in New York’s SoHo district. The production received overwhemingly positive response from audiences who attended. They were moved to laughter and tears, and were completely engaged throughout every perfomance, many calling it a "Masterpiece," and nearly all of them insisting the play be moved to Broadway. The cast featured Calvin Levels, Ira Denmark and Frank van Putten.
Staged Dreams looks forward to bringing Collaboration: Warhol & Basquiat to Broadway and the world. We welcome investor/partnership participation.
Calvin Levels as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ira Denmak as Andy Warhol and Frank van Putten as Lorenzo Happersberger Photo credit: Rick Stockwell