Tuesday, March 29, 2016

First Rehearsal of Art/Red in Rep

By Peter Chenot
Director of Marketing 

And the 2016 Season has begun! ... well, for us anyway.
Today marked the first rehearsal of the first play(s) in our 2016 Season. Excitement filled the room as the casts and designers of Art/Red in Rep met for the first time as a group and got to work on this incredible project. 

Benton Greene, John Skelley, Stephen Rowe,
Sean Dugan, Patrick Andrews, and Mark Lamos.
During the month of May, we will be running Yasmina Reza’s Art and John Logan’s Red in repertory on our Playhouse stage. Art will be performed on the even days and Red will be performed on the odds. Director Mark Lamos has long been intrigued by the idea of how these two plays speak together about art. “Producing these two plays in rep connects and intensifies their multi-layered insights on the mysteries of art. I urge our audience to enrich their experience by seeing both.”

Managing Director Michael Ross and Artistic Director Mark Lamos.
He spoke to the assembled crowd of Playhouse staffers, designers, actors, stage managers and more, about his vision for the two plays. Together they mark the first time since the early days in Playhouse history that we have produced two shows at the same time.
Scenic Designer Allen Moyer.

We were then given a design presentation by scenic designer Allen Moyer. The set model is full to scale and is an important part of the rehearsal process as Mark and the actors begin to stage each show.
The set model of Red.

The sets for Art and Red will live together on the stage and need to be transformed daily during the run of the show. With Moyer's ingenious design  Rothko's studio will also become the set for Art.

Mark Lamos, Allen Moyer, Stephen Rowe, and Candice Donnelly.

Before Mark and the actors settled in for the first read through we were also given a glimpse of the costumes by designer Candice Donnelly.

May 3rd marks the official first performance of our 2016 Season. We can't wait to share these plays with you!

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