Artists Imitate Artists
Young Jean Lee
Photo: Blaine Davis
Saratoga Springs, NY (August 18, 2010) –
When it was time for Young Jean Lee to cast the staged reading of her new screenplay – The Artist Colony – she didn't have to look far: fellow resident artists currently at Yaddo were happy to step into the roles of all the characters for a performance this weekend in Saratoga Springs.
The reading, free and open to the public, will take place 8 p.m. Saturday, August 21, in the Dee Sarno Theater at The Arts Center, 320 Broadway. The Artist Colony, a satirical horror film/comedy, follows the story of Eleanor, a married painter who visits an eccentric, haunted artist colony and 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 fictitious.
Lee, 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, was born in Korea and moved to the United States when she was 2 years old. Her work has been invited to tour to venues throughout the US, Europe, and Australia. She is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Lee is the artistic director of the Obie-winning Young Jean Lee's Theater Company and is a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship recipient.