Kimes joins CTC, playwright Metzler at final ‘World Onstage’


Guest actor James Badge Dale (Josh Darbin) and conservatory actor Charlie Thurston (Andrew Levitt) perform in Molly Smith Metzler’s “Carve.” Photo by Mark Anderson.

Suzi Starheim | Staff Writer

The idea of intellectual property will be the topic of discussion at Chautauqua Theater Company’s “The World Onstage: How Creative Property is Carved Out” at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the Brawdy Theater Studios. This event, which is the last of the three “The World Onstage” events, will focus on playwright Molly Smith Metzler’s “Carve,” which also is the last of the three plays to be performed in the New Play Workshop Festival.

“Carve” is the story of a 38-year-old Brooklyn artist, Josh Darbin, who became famous for a painting titled “Carve.” The painting is of a tattooed woman, and while it was originally thought to be a fictional person featured in the painting, as the play progresses the audience is faced with the notion that this may not be the case.

This is where the idea of intellectual property comes into play.

“One of the things we’re interested in this is interpersonal property,” said Associate Artistic Director Andrew Borba. “It’s a strong issue in the play. Isn’t this an interesting idea, especially in a world that involves things like an artist’s responsibility to the subjects?”

Katherine McGerr, literary and NPW coordinator, said the guest at Saturday’s discussion will be Don Kimes, artistic director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution. The interdepartmental collaboration in Saturday’s discussion is something McGerr said she is very excited about.

“We’re excited anytime we can do something interdepartmental,” McGerr said.  The focus of the conversation will be the artistic process, intellectual property, and the language and perspective of visual artists.

McGerr said the idea of  how creative property is defined in different media will be a focal point as well. Borba referenced the challenges that exist within an expanding digital world.

“There is an incredible amount of piracy,” Borba said. “The world of content and knowledge has exploded in such a way. Who owns it? Why do they own it? And given ‘Carve’ being something that is an image that is then manipulated by an artist, well, now who owns it?”

“Carve” will show twice more before the conclusion  of the NPW Festival, at 2:15 p.m. Saturday and at 8 p.m. Sunday.

“The World Onstage: How Creative Property is Carved out” will be over in time for guests planning to attend the 2:15 p.m. performance of “Carve.”

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