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The Art Room

Billy Aronson
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A Feydeau farce re-imagined in a mental ward.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (3 female, 3 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 90 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Leave any expectations of conventional theater at home. Billed as half farce and half romance, THE ART ROOM is a relentlessly wicked little comedy by Billy Aronson. Aronson’s script tosses the audience into the lives of four mental-ward patients, along with the nurse who cares for them and the husband of the newest arrival. All of the patients seem to have multiple personalities upon which to draw. And when added in with the nurse’s double life, the husband’s philandering, a stage full of doors, and the occasional lice check, things certainly become — in a word — crazy. The craziness has a tenderness to it, which makes a lot of the twitches, outbursts, and mistaken identities enjoyable.” —Gina Perille, Boston Globe

About the Author


  • Billy Aronson

    Billy Aronson’s one-act plays have been produced in 8 Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathons and published in 6 volumes of BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS and Broadway Play Publishing’s FUNNY SHORTS. His full-length plays have premiered at Playwrights Horizons, the Woolly Mammoth, the SF Playhouse, and 1812 Productions. His writing for the musical theater includes the original concept and additional lyrics for the Broadway musical RENT, and the book for the Theatreworks musical CLICK CLACK MOO. With artist Jennifer Oxley he created PEG + CAT, an animated PBS show that won 3 Emmy Awards in its first season. With his wife Lisa Vogel he created Jake and Anna, their animated offspring.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 5/31/2012
Pages 52
ISBN 9780881455298

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Washington DC
New England premiere at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (MA)

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
The Art Room is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


5/6/2016 – 5/21/2016
Funky Little Theater Company
Colorado Springs, CO