Red by John Logan
This is a past event. Sunday, June 30 at 2:00pm 3:30pm
Shaking the Tree Theatre 823 S.E. Grant St., Portland, OR 97214
Crave Theatre is proud to present the Pulitzer-winning play Red by John Logan, a portrait of Portland’s own Mark Rothko, to be staged at Shaking the Tree Theatre this upcoming June. This fresh interpretation, helmed by director Sarah Andrews, sees Rothko and his assistant Ken portrayed by women, bringing a uniquely feminist lens to an already layered, vibrant piece.
Described as “[an] engrossing, often enthralling new play about art, an artist and the act of creation” by Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press when it opened, it is still as relevant and refreshing as it was then. Following Rothko (played by Maia McCarthy) and fictional assistant Ken (played by Kylie Rose) as they work on a commission for the Four Seasons, a series of debates and dissections of art brings the pair to explore what makes art and artists authentic.
This search for true art remains the focal point of this piece, regardless of the gender of the creators in question. “It’s about a painter trying to change the world with the only tool they have: art,” says Andrews. “This play highlights a struggle I feel many people will go through, and having women portray this struggle shows it in a different and more revealing light.”
Red is the central piece of Crave Theatre’s third season of creating exploratory theater following Crossing in 2018, which Portland area theater critic Dennis Sparks called “original in its concept” and proof that Crave “can handle the technical and acting aspects to the nth degree.”