Saturday, August 20, 2011

Celebration Company Fills in the Blank with John Logan's "Red"

That TBA on the Station Theater's 2011-12 schedule is TBA no more. The Celebration Company at the Station Theater in Urbana has announced that John Logan's "Red," a play that looks at painter Mark Rothko, the nature of art versus commerce, and the difficulties of the creative process, will take the last spot, opening April 12 and running till April 28, 2012. Rick Orr, the Celebration Company's Artistic Director, will direct.

Although playwright John Logan has strong ties to Chicago, "Red" began its life at London's Donmar Warehouse, with Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne playing Rothko and his assistant. That production, including Molina and Redmayne, transferred to Broadway soon after, picking up six Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Direction of a Play for Michael Grandage, Best Featured Actor in a Play for Redmayne, and Best Scenic, Lighting and Sound Design of a Play. "Red" also won several Drama Desk awards and the 2010 Drama League award for "Distinguished Production of a Play," with Molina taking home the "Distinguished Performance" award.

In other words, "Red" is new, hot and made a definite splash with its New York production. It's quite a coup for Orr and the Celebration Company to get the rights so quickly, especially in a season when they will also present Yazmina Reza's "God of Carnage," another daring new play, and Gina Gionfriddo's "Becky Shaw."

For more information about the new season, including audition info, you are advised to check out their Facebook page, which is updated more frequently than their website.

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