Margulies' play is the story of Jonathan Waxman, a superstar artist so popular that collectors will buy his work œsight unseen. In London for a major retrospective, Jonathan decides to call his former girlfriend Patricia, who posed for him as a student and provided a turning point in his early career. Patricia is now married to Nick; they live in the English countryside excavating Roman ruins. She invites Jonathan to spend the night. When he arrives, tensions arise among the threesome. Patricia is still angry that Jonathan dumped her and wonders about his motives for visiting. Nick, insecure in his marriage, despises both Jonathan's art and his superstar status. Jonathan finds a painting in Patricia's house he had hoped would be there “ it would fill an empty niche in his show “ but he also finds himself wondering why his work has never been as good since he left her. The scenes in the countryside are intermingled with scenes of an interview with a German journalist, Grete. Grete questions Jonathan's motivations for his art and his self-promotion. She repeatedly brings up his Jewish heritage, and Jonathan accuses her of anti-Semitism. Sight Unseen questions the tangled relationships of art, money, love and inspiration.
Includes adult, mature adult characters