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John Logan

Red

First Slovenian production

Director

Zvone Šedlbauer

Opening night

20 April 2012
Small Stage

Duration:

95 minutes

In 1958, the painter Mark Rothko was offered a commission. The architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson had designed a new Park Avenue building for the drinks company Joseph E. Seagram and Sons. There was to be a fancy New York restaurant therein, The Four Seasons. The iconoclastic Rothko, a misanthropic painter obsessed with trying to translate the tragic notions of Nietzsche and Aeschylus onto a flat canvas, was asked to design a series of murals. For an abstract-expressionist painter who was all about deeply disturbing the viewer, that presented a conundrum.
Was this well-paying commission a pathetic sellout that would undermine his creative soul? Or a rare chance to make superficial suits choke on their food without really knowing why?
By sticking his play Red (2009) entirely inside Rothko’s studio in 1958 and 1959 and restricting himself to conversations between Rothko and his young assistant, Ken, playwright John Logan has found a structure wherein two
generations of artist can fight over the meaning and purpose of art. As time progresses, the initially sycophantic Ken learns the hypocrisies inherent in the opinions and actions of his employer, an artist who hates bankers but who keeps bankers’ hours himself.

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Desa Puc

Drama Igralec: Desa Puc | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Eva Kraševec

Drama Igralec: Eva Kraševec | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Žarko Vrezec

Drama Igralec: Žarko Vrezec | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Marta Frelih

Drama Igralec: Marta Frelih | odpri ustvarjalca

MUSIC SELECTED BY

Darja Hlavka Godina

Drama Igralec: Darja Hlavka Godina | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tea Kačar

Drama Igralec: Tea Kačar | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Milan Podlogar

Drama Igralec: Milan Podlogar | odpri ustvarjalca

AUDITOR

Peter Petkovšek

Drama Igralec: Peter Petkovšek | odpri ustvarjalca

Awards

2012

Gregor BakovićMaribor Theatre Award for acting at the 47th Maribor Theatre Festival for the role of Mark Rothko in John Logan’s Red

Festivals

2012

47. Maribor Theatre Festival

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