A Play in Two Acts
by Doral Chenoweth
Directed by Barbara Sichel
December 11, 1970
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts Theatre
Material for this production script was taken from magnetic tapes recorded by Mr. Chenoweth over the years preceeding the death of Mr. Burkhart on November 12, 1969.
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TAPED INTRODUCTION BY EDMUND KUEHN:
Kuehn's Voice on Tape;
When Burkhart died, they called me. They wanted to know if we wouId allow a memoriaI service in the Gallery ... The Director was away, but I said I thought they would. So this close-knit group of friends of his got together, and each one did what he considered most appropriate for the occasion;.....read
(Voice fades out; EB's voice fades in with "I, Emerson Burkhart ..." Lights come up on tableau UL. The painting on the cover of the catalog is being projected on a screen and the actor costumed exactly as the artist in the portrait, is standing before an easel on which the nude sketch is in process..... The taped voice dies, the actor turns out, and in so doing creates an exact but live reproduction of the self-portrait which is now above and behind him. He methodically lays down his palette and wipes his brushes as he repeats: "I, Emerson Burkhart..." He then DC to a high stool on which he perches rather than sits, full out. He smiles and addresses the audience directly...
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