Smash hit Broadway play by Academy Award nominated writer set to open in Dubai
"There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend... One day the black will swallow the red." – Mark Rothko in RED
Academy Award nominated writer John Logan’s play RED, about legendary artist Mark Rothko, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in New York in 2010, will have its GCC premiere at The Junction and the thejamjar in Alserkal Avenue in Dubai this October-November.
Taking place from 1958 to 1960, the fascinating play explores the reasons behind why Rothko, who along with Jackson Pollock was one of the leaders of the abstract expressionist movement, first accepted then cancelled a lucrative commission for a series of murals at the famous Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram’s Building in New York.
The play is told through the eyes of Rothko’s assistant Ken who is at first intimidated by working with the great artist then comes to oppose many of his philosophies and approaches to art and life, until it builds to a thrilling final conflict between the two men.
This innovative production will take the audience inside Rothko’s Bowery studio and features live re-creation on stage of one of Rothko’s masterpieces.
The play will open at The Junction on Saturday October 29th before moving next door to thejamjar for a series of “on location” performances from November 3rd to 5th and 10th to 12th.
*As part of the performance audience members will be issued with protective clothing so they are not splattered by paint.
To register interest in seeing RED patrons should contact thejamjar on firstname.lastname@example.org or call + 971 4 341 7303
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OSMAN ABOUBAKR (Rothko)
A trained and experienced method actor, Osman has worked and trained with Larry Moss, David Strasberg, Jean-Louis Rodrigue and Kristof Konrad, and closer to home with Alex Broun and Liz Hadaway. A passionate and versatile actor playing roles of various sizes and nature: O'Brien, Major Metcalfe, and Thomas Putnam in the Backstage productions of 1984, Mousetrap and The Crucible, respectively. Recently he was in Theatrics' well received production of J B Priestley's Dangerous Corner. Osman is also an acclaimed writer, producer and director.
ALEX BROUN (Director)
Alex Broun is an experienced playwright, screenwriter and theatre and festival director who has worked for numerous major performing arts organisations across the globe including Opera Australia, The Sydney Theatre Company, The Victorian Arts Centre, the Sydney Opera House (all Australia), the Esplanade Theatre Centres (Singapore), the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (Malaysia), AOTEA Centre (Auckland) and the India Habitat Centre (Delhi) as well as launching the Short+Sweet Theatre Festivals in countries as diverse as Australia, India, New Zealand, Singapore and right here in the U.A.E.
JOHN LOGAN (Writer)
An Academy Award nominated and Tony Award winning playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and television producer John Logan was a successful playwright in Chicago for many years before turning to screenwriting. His playRed was produced by the Donmar Warehouse, London in December 2009, and on Broadway in 2010, where it received six Tony Awards, the most of any play that year. For film Logan wrote Any Given Sunday, RKO 281, before gaining an Academy Award nomination for co-writing Gladiator in 2000. He received another nomination for writingThe Aviator in 2004, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Other notable films include Star Trek: Nemesis, The Time Machine, The Last Samurai, and the Tim Burton-directed musical Sweeney Todd, for which he received a Golden Globe Award. Logan's recent feature films include Rango, the film adaptation of Shakespeare'sCoriolanus, Hugo, again directed by Scorsese and (co-wrote) the James Bond film Skyfall. He also wrote the next Bond film, Spectre (2015). Logan also created the television series Penny Dreadful for which he also serves as sole writer.