The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 S. Main St., will host “It’s Not Ugly…It’s Art!”

The junior play production is by students of “The Stage” Theatre Makerspace Summer Camp, according to a news release.

“It’s Not Ugly…It’s Art!” will be performed at 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 13-14. Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for adults.

In the play, Manhattan art dealer Reginald Broake discovers a rare Picasso painting and jumps at the opportunity to purchase it.

“Broake invites two wealthy art enthusiasts to his gallery in hopes of creating a bidding war for the rare piece. But before his clients arrive, the gallery’s security guard, Max, suffers a freak accident in which his face bursts through the center of the prized Picasso portrait and he is unable to remove his head from the painting,” according to the release.

“With the artwork ruined, Reginald thinks all is lost, including his gallery. However, when the art enthusiasts arrive, they are enthralled with what they think is an extremely rare three-dimensional Picasso.”

“And with the portrait even more hideous than expected, these art collectors are convinced that it might be the most valuable Picasso ever discovered. But with a Picasso stuck on his head, Max finds it difficult to woo his secret love, Reginald’s daughter, and it soon becomes apparent that art, like love, is truly most appreciated by the eye of the beholder!,” according to the release.

Simmons Bank is the sponsor. For details or tickets, call 870-536-3375, email or visit