"Red" to be Performed At RU Oct 20-21

A powerful new drama will be performed at Randolph Union High School October 20-21.  “Red” examines the turbulent life and career of artist Mark Rothko – the father of Abstract Expressionism.

“Red” explores the period when Rothko labored on the Seagrams Murals, which were commissioned for Manhattan’s fabled Four Seasons Restaurant.  Rothko wrestled with the Seagrams project for two years, eventually creating some sixty canvases.

“It is an honor to play one of Modern Art’s most prominent names,” said RU freshman Hunter Dutton. “It’s an immense responsibility and it’s a big departure from other roles I’ve played. Mark Rothko is not Michael Banks.  Rothko is serious – and passionate.”

Laboring as Rothko’s assistant is sophomore Philip Papp.  Reflecting on the rehearsal process he said “it’s exhausting and stressful – and a lot of fun.  Hunter and I are pretty good friends.  Learning to create a subtle performance was one of our biggest challenges.”

The student director for this production, RU junior Jocy Turinetti, noted “this is an intellectual, philosophical, and emotional play – with very complex language.  We’ve analyzed the characters’ intentions, motives, and history to understand their view on life and art.”

Among the crew and alumni working above the stage was Ethan Johnson, a junior who is tackling lighting design.  “This show is all about dim lighting and LED’s, which have a glow, a vibrancy, which will bring Rothko’s paintings to life,” Johnson said.

Charged with the daunting task of recreating the lush color harmonies of Mark Rothko’s massive canvases is junior Lukina Andreyev.  “This play is exciting, it feels like a challenge.  His works are beautiful.  They are thoughtful, and have feeling.  Even though it looks like splotches of colors everything is done with intention.”

“Buying a small, challenging work was no accident,” noted Brian C. Rainville, the production’s director.  “Fourteen members of our company graduated in June.  Their departure, combined with a sabbatical for the 2016-2017 academic year, allowed me to dial things back to a more manageable scale.”

“Red” will be performed at RUHS on Thursday, October 20th and Friday, October 21st.  Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students.   All tickets are unreserved and available at the door.  Performances begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.  The run time is approximately 110 minutes.  Concessions, which include a variety of homemade goodies, benefit the lighting fund.


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