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Roger Rees Delivers a Dramatic Reading of Monet’s Personal Letters on August 20 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

August 10, 2007

Roger Rees of the Williamstown Theater Festival will present a dramatic reading of personal letters written by Claude Monet, one of the world’s most well-known and beloved artists, during “The Unknown Monet Revealed” on Monday, August 20 at 7:30 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Tickets are $20; $15 for Clark and WTF members; $10 for students. For reservations, call 413-458-0524.

Rees, artistic director of the Williamstown Theater Festival since 2005, is an acclaimed director and actor, having appeared in nearly fifty films, including The Prestige (2006), Frida (2002), The Emperor’s Club (2002), and The Scorpion King (2002). His dramatic flair will give life to Monet’s letters, in which the artist often expressed his most private thoughts on everything from his artistic process to financial woes to romantic yearnings.

This event celebrates The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings, a groundbreaking exhibition that provides a revolutionary new interpretation of the artist’s life and work. Described as “marvelous and commendable” by Benjamin Genocchio of the New York Times, this exhibition utilizing largely unknown and rarely exhibited works exposes lesser-known aspects of Monet’s life and focuses on his works on paper and the role of drawing in his painting in his artistic process. The Unknown Monet will be on view through September 16.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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