REDTheatre on the Bay
This thrilling play explores the turbulent creative process of famous 20th Century American artist, Mark Rothko.
Written by John Logan, screenwriter for the Oscar-winning films Gladiator, The Aviator, Rango and Hugo.
Starring Michael Richard, with Jeremy Richard. Directed by Steven Stead, director of CABARET.
” .. a richly written and fast-spaced script. All elements of the production – the Richards’ powerful acting, Steven Stead’s skilful direction, Greg King’s detailed design – are so masterfully put together that the experience leaves an impression on you long after it’s over.” Eugene Yiga – Bizcommunity.com
“I strongly urge lovers of good theatre to make it a must-see.” Caroline Smart – Artsmart
“An undisputed theatrical highlight of the Grahamstown Festival.” Steyn du Toit – Cape Times
Pieter Toerien presents
KickstArt’s production of RED!
Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best New Play
Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
First produced by the Donmar Warehouse, London in December 2009, starring Alfred Molina
South African premiere – National Arts Festival 2012
Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko struggles to accept his growing riches and praise, which become his ultimate undoing.
The audience is witness not only to his passionate and challenging discussion of making art, but also to its actual making – the action of stretching and priming canvasses and the visceral thrill of painting itself.
Rothko insisted that he was not an abstractionist and that such a description was as inaccurate as labeling him a great colorist. His interest was “only in expressing basic human emotions – tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on. And the fact that a lot of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions. The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their colour relationship, then you miss the point.”
In 2007 Rothko committed suicide. He was sixty-six.