Real Good for Free: “The Artist Colony” @ Saratoga Arts Center, 8/21/10

Young Jean Lee (photo by Blaine Davis)

Young Jean Lee (photo by Blaine Davis)

Art imitates life. Artists imitate artists.

At 8pm on Saturday, the Dee Sarno Theater at the Saratoga Arts Center will host a staged reading of Brooklyn-based playwright Young Jean Lee’s new screenplay, “The Artist Colony,” featuring a cast made up of artists in residence at Saratoga’s own renowned artist colony Yaddo.

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“The Artist Colony” is a satirical horror/comedy film that follows the story of Eleanor, a married painter who visits an eccentric, haunted artist colony where she encounters a number of temptations, including – but not limited to – marital infidelity, procrastination and selling her soul to the devil.

Although the setting is reminiscent of Yaddo, Lee insists the characters in “The Artist Colony” are purely fictitious.

Lee – the director of the Obie Award-winning Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company – is a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship recipient, who has been called “a rising star” by The New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. She is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theater, Plan B/Paramount Pictures, Playwrights Horizons and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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