and 19-23, 2018
Struggling abstract artist Payne
Showers finally gets his Big Break.
While hiking in Asia, he falls from a
mountain and dies -- which greatly
inflates the value of his work. Unfortunately,
he left wife Maggie with
a mountain of debt. She must sell all
his paintings to avoid bankruptcy or
lose her art gallery business. A public
auction is set, but in days prior to
it, Maggie hosts a private party with
guests including a newspaper owner,
a real estate mogul and an art critic.
To Maggie’s delight, dozens of
paintings are bought and the newspaper
columnist writes a feature
story -- which will save the gallery
and pay the bills. At this point, the
only thing that could go wrong,
does! Artifice is a farcical take on
celebrity and success, and an affectionate
tribute to loyalty and love.