RED: Part 1, Chicago

17 September-October 23, 2011

Every season, there is a play that takes American regional theatre by storm, and this time it is the Tony Award-winning play RED by John Logan.  According to Theatre Communications Group, there are 23 productions of John Logan’s play happening in the 2011-2012 season, so this play, blowing through America, is really the perfect storm, and we will endeavor to track it and point out the dramaturgical work happening on it. (Sidenote: The last play to have an such an impact was 34 productions of John Patrick Shanley’s play Doubt in season 2007-2008, and 29 productions of David Auburn’s Proof in season 2002-2003, so this is not an unusual trend. And perhaps, because the subject of this play is the importance of art and the intention of the artist, the phenomenon is more akin to Yasmina Reza’s play Art produced 30 times in season 2000-2001, just from the numbers.)

The Goodman Theater’s production is first up and it is produced in association with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. As explained by director Robert Falls on the Goodman’s website, John Logan is a playwright originally from Chicago, so as this play takes its course through America, Chicago is an appropriate place to start.

The Goodman Theater’s OnStage Magazine has many dramaturgical articles. The Goodman’s Associate Dramaturg Neena Arndt’s Conversation with Playwright John Logan is particularly insightful.

In addition, actor Edward Gero is blogging about his experience playing Rothko, and we encourage anyone interested to check out his process. Click here. The blog contains not only behind-the-scenes features but also links to news and press about Red.

The Chicago Tribune review of the production will also be linked here shortly.

RED directed by Robert Falls, sets by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Birgit Rattenborg Wise, lighting by Keith Parham, original music and sound design by Richard Woodbury. Production runs until October 23, 2011. Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60601. Box office: 312.443.3800.

WITH: Edward Gero (Mark Rothko) and Patrick Andrews (Ken).

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