Our first show of the season opens tomorrow, and we are so excited about this one. “RED” follows famed painter Mark Rothko in the months leading up to the biggest decision of his life, surrounding his most publicized commissioned.
Rothko is played by NDSU theatre professor Hardy Koenig. His assistant Ken is played by Theatre B ensemble member Blaine Edwards.
Set in Rothko’s studio in 1958, playwright John Logan imagines the conversations that must have happened surrounding Rothko’s struggle to accept his growing riches and fame that led to his ultimate undoing.
This show is perfect for a venue like Theatre B. I believe most shows are (I’m probably a little biased), but this one really is a gem meant for an intimate venue. As an audience member sitting in the very back row, you can still smell the paint used to prime a canvas. You can see every emotion that crosses the characters’ faces, from anger and hurt to emotional resolution. You can see the tears in Ken’s eyes when… oops, can’t say — wouldn’t want to spoil it. But the point is, you really feel like you are sitting in a corner of Rothko’s studio observing the action because, for all intents and purposes, you could be.
This is a show for artists, for art lovers, for art consumers and for the average theatre patron who loves a good story about personal growth, transformation and discovery.
RED runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. There will be one Sunday matinee on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.
The performance on Saturday, Sept. 23 will be ASL-interpreted.
Tickets are available online, or can be purchased by calling the box office at 701-729-8880.
By Emily Clemenson, production manager
Photo by Perry Rust