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‘RED’ enters second weekend

By Laura Moore
 Special to The PREVIEW

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Photo courtesy Doug Chapin Dennis Elkins and Craig Dolezel star in Thingamajig’s production of ‘RED’ by John Logan.

Thingamajig Theatre Company’s “RED” by John Logan continues its critically acclaimed run this weekend at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Rothko (Dennis Elkins) opens the play in a conversation with his young assistant, Ken (Craig Dolezel) remarking, “What do you see?”

The play continues to examine famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko as he leads up to the loaded question. What’s art? And who gets to decide anyway?

It’s 1958 and Rothko has just been offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art. He and Ken work feverishly in his New York studio — until Ken begins to realize his answers to those fundamental questions about art are very different than his mentor’s.

Winner of six Tony Awards, this sizzling 90-minute drama is one of the most intellectually riveting shows to recently hit Broadway.

“I think it’s the best play we’ve produced to date,” remarks, producing artistic director Tim Moore.

Audiences appear to concur: “We’re definitely coming again,” “The perfect show,” “I loved this play,” are some of the comments collected from patrons after the talk-back opening night last week.

Former Pagosa SUN Editor Karl Isberg joined the cast and crew on stage to lend expertise on Rothko’s life and art in general.

“Karl was instrumental to our discussion. The production team conducted three months of research before our first rehearsal to make sure the show was honest and accurate, but Karl provided further insight into Rothko’s life, personal things we couldn’t have known. The audience at the talk-back found Karl’s comments as interesting as we all did,” added Moore.

“RED” is a play that will stick with you and stimulate conversation several days after viewing. Join us for this modern-day classic before it ends.

Thingamajig Theatre Company presents “RED” by John Logan, directed by Melissa Firlit. Featuring Dennis Elkins and Craig Dolezel. Playing at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through June 1. For tickets and information, visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469).

This story was posted on May 30, 2014.