Bauer (Play)

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Template:Italic title Bauer is a play by Lauren Gunderson that has its world premiere in March 2014 at the San Francisco Playhouse[1] which also commissioned it.[2][3] Based on the life of the German painter Rudolf Bauer, it tells the story of how he, after having arrived to USA in the beginning of World War II, was tricked by the fellow German artist and love of his life, Hilla von Rebay, into signing a contract that gave Solomon R. Guggenheim the legal rights to all of his paintings and any future works he created. The play triggered a retrospective of Bauer's work at the Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco.[4]

Plot

Template:Tone They say art is the freedom of expression. A painting should hold no boundaries, no musts and don'ts but simply put into colors and shapes anything that flashes through a mind. But what happens in the collision between the need for the artful substantiation of thoughts and ideas, and the earthly materialistic notion of money? For whom is art created and what happens when the artist is no longer the owner of his art? These are questions that are handled and mangled through the 90 minutes of heated and reflective dialogue that constitutes this play. The characters slowly work through the troubles of money and art as a business as well as the personal problems and dilemmas of their past and present lives.

Bauer is the story of a painter who does not want to paint, the despair it brings on him and his wife and the latter's bold decision to try and make things right by bringing in a lost love with whom Bauer has unresolved issues after her involvement in making Bauer sign the contract from which all his unhappiness springs. Starring only three actors this play proceeds into the depths of greed, betrayal, love and the freedom of painting, but, also the freedom of refusing to do so.

Characters

  • Rudolf Bauer: The tortured title character who battles the urge to paint with the feeling of not being able to do so because of the position he is in of no longer owning what he creates.
  • Louise Bauer: Bauer's caring wife who in a last desperate attempt to make her husband paint again invites his ex-lover Hilla Rebay to their home.
  • Hilla Rebay: Bauer's long gone German lover who started a relationship with Guggenheim and made Bauer sign the contract giving up his art.

Original cast

  • Ronald Guttman as Rudolf Bauer
  • Stacy Ross as Hilla Rebay
  • Susi Damilano as Louise Bauer

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