Thursday – Saturday August 21-23 at Volcanic Theatre Pub, 7:30pm, Red is set in a New York studio on the Bowery in the late 1950s.
The play follows the initiation of Ken (Nathan Woodworth), a newly hired assistant, into the uncompromising aesthetic of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko (Wayne Newcome), who at that time was working on a commissioned series of murals for the new and exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. Ken, however, brashly begins to question Rothko’s theories of art and his acceding to work on such a commercial project, in addition to perhaps becoming insignificant to the new generation of artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.
“This play is about creation, artistic expression and the often genius behind it. It takes a strong look at the ‘seriousness’ and ‘significance’ of art and asks the question ‘What do you see?’ It also examines an aging man’s (Rothko) struggles with change and mortality. It’s a very important play that asks the audience many questions of what is indeed significant, not only in art, but in life,” states director Derek Sitter.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at Volcanic Theatre Pub, www.bendticket.com, or at the door.