Friday, July 29, 2011

Getting Ready for Red

The 2010/2010 Season comes to a close on Sunday with the final performance of Chinglish, which is completely sold out (not a bad way to end the season, if you ask us). Next up we have a bit of a break ahead before John Logan’s Red takes over the Albert stage in mid-September. Tickets go on sale next Friday, August 5.

We’ll have lots of Red-related content on the blog in the weeks to come, but for now, let’s start at the beginning: John Logan’s source of inspiration for this ferocious beast of a play, an exhibition featuring Mark Rothko’s Seagram Murals that the playwright stumbled on during a visit to London’s Tate Modern Museum several years ago. (For those of you unfamiliar with Red, the play is a fictional account of two years in Rothko's life during which he labored on those very paintings.) Though the Tate's exhibition closed in early 2009, the museum’s website still houses extensive information on Rothko and the exhibition; you can even go on a video tour (fourth clip from the top) of the Rothko rooms with the show’s curator, Achim Borchardt-Hume, for a look at the actual work that inspired this play.

Meanwhile, here are this week's links:

In London, a few starving artists board an Andrew Lloyd Webber-conducted gravy train. (London Evening Standard)

In Denver, the influx of some Curious New Voices. (The Denver Post)

Meanwhile, the Chinese Acrobats take on Tchaikovsky. (The Telegraph)

And yet another reason to flee to The Cleve. (

In London, di Vinci's twins, reunited. (The Telegraph)

And coming soon in New York, carnage on the big screen. (The New York Times)

Above: Mark Rothko, as styled by the Goodman design staff.

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