Koerner Center to stage play against backdrop of art exhibit

Detail from the watercolor "Winter Flames" (2009) by Alexander Purves.
Detail from “Winter Flames” (2009) by Alexander Purves.

The Henry Koerner Center for Emeritus Faculty will present “England,” a play by Tim Crouch, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The play will be staged in conjunction with the art exhibit “Alexander Purves: Watercolors,” currently on display at the center. Act One of the drama will take place in the Koerner Center Library and will be followed by Act Two in the Visitor’s Center Lecture Room. Seating is limited; to request tickets, send an email to the center.

Written to be performed in art galleries, “England” travels “the trade routes of art and human beings,” according to the author. “It’s about a sickness and the search for health at any cost. It’s a tour through space and across borders: from an art gallery to a jam factory, from Edinburgh to Osaka, from a hospital bed to a hotel room.”

A graduate of Yale College, Alexander Purves earned his master’s degree from the Yale School of Architecture. He has served as a member of the architecture faculty since 1976. The watercolors in the exhibit, he says, are “drawn from the natural world — not the grand epic view, but rather the modest story found close at hand.” Major exhibitions of Purves’ work have been held at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City, the Bar des Artistes at the Union League Café in New Haven, and the Washington (Connecticut) Art Association.

For more information, visit the center’s website.