COLLABORATION: WARHOL & BASQUIAT is a new full-length play written by Tony Award nominee and Theatre World Award winner, 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. 


Collaboration: Warhol & Basquiat was presented as a showcase production, (without critical review) at New York’s HERE’s Mainstage Theatre December 2016. It was directed by Lonny Price, ( 2016 London and 2017 Broadway revivals of SUNSET BOULEVARD, starring Glenn Close; 2017 English National Opera's revival of CAROUSEL; 2017 London revival and the Broadway production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL, starring six-time Tony Award winner 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 received overwhemingly positive response from completely engaged audiences moved to laughter and tears.  Attendees called it a "Masterpiece" and  insisted "It must be shared with future audiences."  The cast featured Calvin Levels, Ira Denmark and Frank van Putten. Staged Dreams looks forward to bringing Collaboration: Warhol & Basquiat to theaters around the world. 

                                            We welcome your participation. 

    Calvin Levels as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ira Denmak as Andy Warhol and Frank van Putten as Lorenzo Happersberger         Photo credit: Rick Stockwell

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