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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center to Present Tony Award-Winning Play “Red” at the Bankhead Theater

Oct 07, 2018
Beginning October 18, and running for five performances (through Sunday, October 21), the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will present the taut and compelling Tony Award-winning play “Red” by John Logan, which captures a pivotal period in the tumultuous career of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. The first show fully produced by LVPAC, “Red” is directed by Misty Megia in an intimate stage-on-stage setting with both the set and audience positioned directly on the stage. This will be the first time the unique stage configuration has ever been offered at the Bankhead Theater.

At the peak of his career in the late-1950s, Rothko had won an extremely lucrative commission, the largest of his career, to create a set of large murals for the new Four Seasons restaurant in New York. Even as he throws himself into the creation of the work, he broods over the arc of his career and weighs the commission’s impact on his artistic legacy. The play takes place during a key transition point in the evolution of mid-century modern art as Rothko’s abstract expressionist style was beginning to give way to pop art. In the studio, Rothko verbally spars with his young assistant Ken, whose emerging confidence in his own skills and sense of the changing times inspires him to challenge the master even as he learns from him.

“Red” made its debut in London in 2009, featuring actors Alfred Molina (Rothko) and Eddie Redmayne (Ken), and transferred to Broadway for a limited run. Described by The New York Times as “intense and exciting ... a portrait of an angry and brilliant mind” and as “a must-see drama” by The Denver Post, “Red” won the Tony Award for Best Play and Redmayne won for Featured Actor in 2010.

“Red” offers a natural connection between LVPAC’s involvement in both the performing arts and the visual arts, at the Bankhead Theater and at the Bothwell Arts Center. An exhibit titled “The Art of Drama” will be on display in the Bankhead Gallery during the run of “Red.” Curated by the Bothwell Arts Center, the exhibit will feature works that express the concept of drama as seen through the eyes of a variety of local artists.

During the 2018-2019 fall season, in addition to “Red,” the Bankhead Theater will also welcome the return of L.A. Theatre Works with their new production of “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling on October 13, and the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s “Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)” on December 23.

For tickets or more information please visit www.lvpac.org or phone (925) 373-6800.


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