For his latest daring Miami stage experiment, Joseph Adler, producing artistic director of GableStage, presents Red, John Logan’s six-time Tony Award-winning play about Russian-American abstract artist Mark Rothko. Set in 1958, the drama centers on the sometimes-antagonistic interaction between Rothko and his assistant Ken as they create what was at the time the highest-paid commissioned artwork: a series of murals for New York’s Four Seasons restaurant. The artist struggles as his brazen young apprentice questions his master’s theories on art as well as his choice to take on a commercial project.
While a New York-based play about a New York-based artist seems like an unlikely choice for a Miami audience, Adler says he selected the play because of its perfect positioning with Art Basel Miami Beach. The final week of the show will overlap the world-renowned art fair.
Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 5. Continues through Dec. 4, 2011