Life of an artist laid bare on Theatre On The Bay stage

Life of an artist laid bare on Theatre On The Bay stage

Theatre fans have a few days left to catch Pieter Toerien and KickstART’s provocative dramatic play ‘Red’ at Theatre On The Bay until Saturday November 3.

The play explores the turbulent creative process of famous 20th century American artist Mark Rothko (played by Michael Richard). Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko struggles to accept his growing riches and praise, which become his ultimate undoing. The audience is witness not only to his passionate and challenging discussions of making art, but also to its actual making: the action of stretching and priming canvasses, and the visceral thrill of painting itself.

He famously said that he was interested “only in expressing basic human emotions – tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on. And the fact that a lot of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions. The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them.  And if you, as you say, are moved only by their colour relationship, then you miss the point.”
In 2007 Rothko committed suicide. He was sixty-six.

* Tickets are R80 to R150.
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