The inspiring 2010 winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, Red is a compelling depiction of one of the 20th century’s most important and complex artists. Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko works feverishly to complete the largest commission in the history of modern art. Set amid the swiftly-changing cultural tide of the early 1960s, Red uses stunning visual drama to explore art, commerce, demons, ideas, and the nature of creativity as a whole.
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We invite you to participate in Seeing RED—a special museum installation and series of programs, presented to deepen and enhance your theatre experience.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — Opening January 28 Taking as its subject the pivotal moment in the play in which Rothko describes the work of Caravaggio as being “illuminated from within... he gives it inner luminosity,” this group of paintings explores how artists through the ages have engaged that most important element—light.
Seeing RED Lecture Series
Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Asolo Theater (unless otherwise noted)
February 23: Revealing Rothko
The series opens with an exploration of the life, times, and works of the American Abstract Expressionist, Mark Rothko. Join Dr. Matthew McLendon, Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art, as he discusses the circumstances which led to the events surrounding the infamous Seagram Murals which form the basis of the play.
March 8: seeing the Light
Searing Wing of the Museum of Art
Next, Dr. McLendon guides us through the focus exhibition, Luminosity explore the various ways artists have approached this crucial component of artistic expression.
March 22: Waiting for the curtain
Just one week before opening night, we take a closer look at the artistry behind the scenes of RED. Discover the creative process in the days leading to the curtain going up. We will examine how an artistic vision comes to life through the technical elements of theatre such as sets, lighting, sound, and costumes.
Tickets for the lecture series are $10 or $5/program for Ringling Museum Members, Asolo Repertory Theatre subscribers, and students. For more info call 941-360-7399.