The Charming Mr. Tantalus
May 10, 2003 through June 14, 2003
Fredericks Freiser Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by THOMAS TROSCH. This will be Mr. Trosch’s fourth exhibition at this gallery. He has shown widely in the United States, and will be exhibiting a project at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo this fall.
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
My imaginative forces have been hard at work and I have contrived not only to write a new play, a musical, but have also painted a whole series of paintings depicting scenes from my creation to be called “Venus de Milo”. The setting will be several aristocratic drawing rooms and boudoirs in New York and Connecticut around the year of 1965. The play takes its inspiration from such works as “Ah Wilderness”, “Under Milkwood”, “Washington Square”, “The Razors Edge”, “A Doctor In Spite of Himself”, “Citizen Kane” and “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”. It took me many a day just to get started.
Though I had never written a play before, word got around that I was writing one, and although I was only half way through, Hollywood beckoned me to call. An agent approached me with an offer to adapt my play for the screen. I am at present pounding away furiously at my typewriter in order to meet the deadline.
It is because of all of this pressure that I must crave your indulgence. The original play has an unfinished score, although I have composed a dazzling number for that quiet moment in the second act, when the hero of the piece, Rugby Knowles is romancing the beautiful millionairess, Flora Jewels. He serenades her with, “I get oh so smoochie when you put your pooch pooch Pucci and you gooch gooch Gucci on.” Alas, while the score is wonderful, it is far from complete, so I’ve decided to replace my own songs with the songs from “Bells are Ringing” instead. “Bells are Ringing” is so much like my own play that you will hardly notice any difference. Please don’t worry about the delicate feelings of that brilliant pair of song writers Betty Comden and Adolf Green, as they are dear friends of mine and I’m sure that they won’t mind at all. So the titles of the paintings are the song titles from their play. Thank you so much for understanding. I hope you will smile and not frown on my efforts.
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