Artists' Ensemble, in a special partnership with Rockford Art Museum, presents a memorable one-night-only performance of the Tony Award-winning play Red in the main gallery of the art museum.
The evening will begin with a pre-show talk by Rockford Art Museum Curator Carrie Johnson on the work of painter Mark Rothko, the subject of the play. Then Ensemble members Stephen F. Vrtol III and David A. Gingerich will perform a stage reading of the play. An audience talk-back and an informal reception will follow the performance. There are limited tickets available for this event.
It's 1958 and famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko (Vrtol) has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art. As he and his assistant, Ken (Gingerich), work feverishly on a series of murals for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant, questions arise; "What's art? And who gets to decide anyway?". When challenged by Ken, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.
Directions: From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west on Business 20 six and a half miles to IL 2 north (Wyman St., first street past the Rock River); right on IL 2 five blocks to the museum complex on the right side of the one-way street. From the south, I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main). North on IL 2 through the downtown to the museum complex. Park in the Riverfront Museum Park lot. Pedestrian tunnel connects organizations housed at Riverfront Museum Park (RAM, Discovery Center, Rockford Dance Company, Rockford Symphony Orchestra) and Burpee Museum of Natural History, located next