The Fauvist’s Child by playwrite Robin Haynie, is a one-act drama that runs 45-50 minutes and has minimal set.
The play opens with The Child painting at an easel. She is a successful artist that has discovered too late that her Father was an amateur fauvist painter in his youth. This discovery creates frustration and alienation which prompts The Child to consider her relationships with her overbearing Mother and her vacant Father. We are taken through the decline and death of the Father and witness the Child struggle with what is left behind when loved ones die but peace must still be restored. The show alternates between monologues given directly to the audience and flash-back scenes including all three actors. The startling and unrealistic colors of the fauvist style set a backdrop for the play.