Saranac Lake, NY, Jun 16, 2014 — Playwright John Logan was awarded the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for "Red," his play about Rothko, when it appeared on Broadway. Mark Rothko emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1913. He was a prominent figure among New York School painters, reaching his signature style in the 1950s. Go to full article
Burdette Parks as Rothko (right) and Tyler Nye as Ken, his assistant, in Pendragon Theatre's production of "Red". Photo: Bonnie Brewer
Saranac Lake, NY, Jun 13, 2014 — Pendragon Theatre has opened its summer season with the award-winning play "Red." The two character bio-drama, written by John Logan, is set in Mark Rothko's art studio in New York City in the late 1950s. Rothko was a well-known abstract expressionist known for images which featured large, and luminous color blocks. In the play, Rothko is painting a group of murals commissioned by an exclusive restaurant, and the story follows the initiation of Ken, a young assistant, into Rothko's world. Pendragon's production features a local cast, and is sponsored by the Adirondack Artists Guild.
Todd Moe spoke with director Kim Bouchard, who also teaches drama at SUNY Potsdam. Bouchard says she was intrigued by the script's intense dialogue between teacher and pupil, and its exploration of art, artists and generational clashes. Go to full article