Solid Lines Productions is proud and so very honored to announce a special collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum to present a staged reading of Thomas Gibbons’ play, PERMANENT COLLECTION! The reading will be followed by a talk-back with the actors and director, as well as Nichole Bridges, Associate Curator for African Art, from the Saint Louis Art Museum. During this talk-back, audience members can ask questions and engage in dialogue regarding the questions raised by the play. The mission of Solid Lines Productions is to foster community dialogue through theatre about socially-relevant issues. The Saint Louis Art Museum collects, presents, interprets, and conserves works of art of the highest quality across time and cultures; educates, inspires discovery, and elevates the human spirit; and preserves a legacy of artistic achievement for the people of St. Louis and the world.

WHEN: Saturday, November 12th at 2:00 PM

WHERE: The Farrell Auditorium, Saint Louis Art Museum

STORY: “Soon after African-American businessman Sterling North becomes the new director of the Morris Foundation, he discovers that this world-famous art collection includes several significant African sculptures tucked away in storage. His proposal to add them to the public galleries is opposed by the foundation’s long-time education director, who is loyal to the idiosyncratic wishes of the late Dr. Morris. Spurred on by a zealous local journalist, this clash quickly escalates to public accusations of racism and a bitter struggle for control of the collection. Permanent Collection is a searing examination of racial politics that ultimately asks how much space — literally and figuratively — the white world gives to African-Americans. What is the cost of failing to view the world through another’s eyes?” –

Gibbons’ intellectually charged drama is a beautifully balanced dialectic that treats a complicated and emotional issue without cheap conclusions… Sophisticated and deft, it is a provocative treatment of the unanswerable.” — LA Times

DETAILS: Admission for this event is free. All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed. Tickets are subject to availability. Tickets may be reserved in person at the Museum’s Information Centers or through MetroTix at or 314.534.1111


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