The Farnsworth Art Museum and Everyman Repertory Theatre will co-present a dramatic reading of a series of short plays by Don Nigro Saturday afternoon, Jan. 12. The collection, dubbed “Artist Shorts: Picasso, Vermeer and more,” marks the return of the seasonal series Artists on Stage: Everyman Rep at the Farnsworth.

The dramatic reading will take place in the downtown museum’s auditorium at 2 p.m. Snow date for the performance is Sunday, Jan. 13, also at 2 p.m.

The plays are “Picasso,” a monologue by artist Georges Braque about an argument he and Picasso had about finding a squirrel in one of his paintings; “Dutch Interiors,” a monologue by painter Vermeer about finding the Girl with a Pearl Earring in a tiny perspective box he has become obsessed with; “The Daughters of Edward D. Boit,” featuring the four girls in the painting of that name by John Singer Sargent; and “Europe after the Rain,” a World War II-era interrogation of artist Max Ernst by two FBI agents.

The readings are directed by Jennifer Hodgson and the cast features Dagney Ernest, Paul Hodgson, Eva Hopkins, Andrea Itkin, Ryan Jackson, Robin Jones, Eliza Robinson, Scott Anthony Smith and David Troup.

“Artist Shorts” is the first of two readings in this year’s Artists on Stage with Everyman Rep series. The second will be of Steve Martin’s play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” set for Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets for each performance are $15, $12 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or