Written by Yasmina Reza
Directed by David Flaten
Produced by The University of La Verne 2014
Designed by Bo Powell
Set in Paris, the story revolves around three upper middle class friends—Serge, Marc and Yvan—who find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys an expensive painting. The canvas is white, with a few white lines, and highly valued among Serge’s current circle of peers for ambiguous reasons. Serge is proud of his 200,000 franc acquisition, fully expecting the approval of his friends. However, Marc openly tries to convey his bemusement to Serge over his investment, while privately being bewildered at the purchase’s implications and Serge’s increasing dismissal. He goes to Yvan’s apartment to discuss the matter, finding him searching frantically for a felt-tipped permanent marker.