Inspired by true events, the play pits Maude Gutman, a bawdy, boozy thrift
shop collector against Lionel Percy, a snooty world-class art expert from
Maude has lived alone in a crummy trailer park in Bakersfield, California
for thirty-three years, and has no taste for or knowledge of fine art. She
purchased an “ugly” painting for three bucks at Daisy’s Junk Shop as a joke
on a friend. Spurred on by a local art teacher, Maude is now convinced it is
a modern art masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. When Lionel
arrives to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to
the course of an afternoon, the two wrestle with the truth and each other.
By turns hilarious and thought-provoking, the play questions what makes art,
and people, truly authentic.