Hello everyone! Let’s talk again about “Red”, the play Randy is on stage with right now at the George Street Playhouse in NY, and that will be in Ohio from March 16th to April 8th. 2012.
First off, here’s the Playbill
with a little summary of the play: "Lit from within and fueled by the passion of their creator, Mark Rothko's Seagrams Murals are powerful paintings of crimson, maroon and black that were intended to hang in a building designed by architectural titans," according to George Street notes. "But when a new assistant enters his studio, Rothko finds himself reconsidering the future of his works as he is confronted by the rise of the next generation."
Next we have an interview
that Randy gave to John Bathke. Soon Bathke will also post the video interview with Randy. Here’s a little snippet from it for now: “Harrison said to me about his character Ken, “I loved how much he grows, how much the character transforms in the course of the 90 minute play…And I definitely think as a young artist, although I’m not that young anymore, I feel like I’ve gone through very similar experiences in different relationships that I’ve had with different acting teachers and different directors.”
“Red” is a battle of artistic wills as the younger artist comes into his own, while enduring browbeating and tirades by Rothko. It’s tense, non stop drama as Harrison points out about the two-character play.
“It’s starting to feel like going into a boxing ring…there’s no time for breathing, no time to get off stage.”
Fianlly, here’s a snippet taken from the first review of the play
“Sharing space with a character as controlling as this Rothko, Randy Harrison’s Ken often finds himself scrambling for a voice of any consequence, a search which RED makes a centerpiece. Mr. Harrison takes Ken from meek and tentative to vocal and self-assured in a maturation that we recognize as guided at all times by Rothko. Mr. Harrison thus admirably rises to the challenge of showing us a Ken who is so very certain of coming into his own, while never actually reaching intellectual independence. The pace of the play (two years covered in a brisk ninety minutes) forces an unfortunate abruptness to Ken’s development, but Mr. Harrison does well to underscore the various stages of Ken’s uncertainty, frustration, and budding confidence.”
Thank you to Gloria, Katia and Lory!