Weathervane Playhouse presents “Red”, the 2010 Tony Award-winner for Best Play, which explores the relationship of an artist to his work. Mark Rothko was given a huge commission to create several large modern art murals for The Four Season’s restaurant in New York. The audience journeys with him and his young assistant as he grapples with the pressure of creating the definitive work of his career and struggles with the ideals of art versus commercialism.
“The first line of the play is ‘What do you see?’ What follows is an intense exploration about the nature of art – through conversation and by creating art within the play itself, “said Melanie Pepe director for this production and Artistic Director for Weathervane. “What is art? How do you define it? What is it’s purpose. What do YOU see?”
“Red” was chosen as a part of Weathervane’s season along with our partnership with the Akron Art Museum’s Inside|Out art project. Inside|Out is a community-activated art project that brings high quality art reproductions from the Akron Art Museum’s collection into your neighborhood. Weathervane is currently displaying “Girl in White” by William Merritt Chase.
Due to adult language and themes, “Red” is not suitable for children.
“Red” runs from October 27 to November 12. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for college students. Senior discounts are available on Thursdays and matinees only for $20. Tickets can be purchased at weathervaneplayhouse.com or by calling the box office at 330-836-2626.
“Red” is presented in Weathervane Playhouse’s John L. Dietz Theater, the intimate 48-seat “second stage.” All seats are sold on a general admission basis (“first-come, first-seated”). Typically, seating for each performance begins 30 minutes before curtain. Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive no later than 10 minutes before the performance. Latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate break in the play’s action. “Red” is performed without intermission.
The Dietz theater shows are produced with the generous sponsorship of Margaret J. Dietz. The theater is named for her son, John. The first production in the Dietz Theater was in January 2005 with “Angels in America: Millennium.” Thus began a series of shows ranging from those that required an intimate space, to the experimental, to the avant-garde. Often, due to the show selection and the small space, these productions have been sold to capacity every show and more shows added to accommodate patrons.
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Weathervane Playhouse provides high-quality live theater with volunteer artists, designers, and technicians under professional direction, delivers education and training in theater arts and appreciation, and engages and entertains its audience to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
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