Stage lights stream through grimy windows onto an enormous easel, where two actors will paint a portrait of an artist’s struggle.
PlayMakers Repertory Company opens its 2012-13 main stage season tonight with “Red,” John Logan’s 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play.
Set in the studio of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko, the play depicts the timeless affliction of an artist caught between commercialism and his artistry.
During the play, Rothko hesitates between staying true to his art or selling out to paint murals for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York.
At Rothko’s side is his assistant Ken, a fictional amalgam of the several real-life assistants who worked with the artist.vibrator play
Benesch, the daughter of an art dealer, said she was always fascinated by the art milieu, and she cites Rothko as one of her favorite painters.
Benesch said the main challenge of directing this play was translating Rothko’s notion that art only lives in its relationship with the viewer — admitting that she feels the same way about theater.
In “Red,” Benesch tries to investigate Rothko as a proud and difficult intellectual motivated by his passion for art.