The play RED written by John Logan, about artist Mark Rothko, will be performed in the Larson Gallery the evenings of April 20 and 21 at 7:30PM and a matinee on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00PM.
Mark Rothko, born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz, was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent who immigrated to the U.S. in 1913. Rothko is known for painting rectangular fields of color and light. He completed 836 works on canvas during his lifetime.
The play takes place in Rothko’s New York Studio from 1958 to 1959, where he is painting murals commissioned for him by a New York restaurant. Mark Rothko, played by Yakima Valley College instructor Timothy Jeske, gives orders to his assistant Ken, played by Yakima Valley College recent graduate Cody Jordan. As Ken mixes the paints, he questions the concept of Rothko’s work being used for such a commercial venture.
The play is directed by Ray Pritchard, Drama instructor for YVC and Kendall Hall Technical Director. Tickets are $30 per person and will be available in the Larson Gallery and online. Seats were sold out to our previous play, ART, so get yours early! Proceeds from these performances will benefit the Larson Gallery Guild and Yakima Valley College Playmasters. All performances will be held in the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley College.