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Congratulations to our Seattle Goes Red winners!

March 13th, 2012 by Seattle Repertory Theatre

Seattle Goes Red 1st prize winner: Matthew Simantov captures Baxter at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Congratulations to our Seattle Goes Red winners!

Matthew Simantov wins our Seattle Goes Red basket for his photo of “Baxter at the Olympic Sculpture Park.” It captures what Seattle loves most: dogs, sweaters, the outdoors, and beautiful art. It was a unanimous win among the Seattle Rep staff and received 62 likes from our Facebook community. Not to mention the artistic composition of the photo would have impressed Rothko! Matthew’s prize winning basket includes:

- 2 tickets to Seattle Rep’s production of Red

- 2 passes to the Seattle Art Museum (they have two Rothkos you can check out!)

- $20 Red Robin gift certificate

- Six red velvet cupcakes from Cupcake Royale

- A red Seattle Rep mug

Seattle Goes Red 2nd Prize Winner: Christina Bauer's "The Red Floor at the Seattle Public Library."

Our 2nd runner up, Christina Bauer, will win 2 tickets to Seattle Rep’s production of Red for the photo she took in the Seattle Public Library Red Hall.

Thanks to all who entered iconic images of red objects, landmarks, art, etc. in Seattle!

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Rothko’s Unofficial Guide to the Liberal Arts

March 8th, 2012 by Seattle Repertory Theatre

(l-r) Connor Toms as Ken and Denis Arndt as Mark Rothko in Seattle Rep's current production of Red, directed by Richard E.T. White.

What is the value of a liberal arts education?

Mark Rothko would tell you, “Everything.” Or at least the character of Mark Rothko in our current production of John Logan’s Red would tell you that. (Although we’ll hazard a guess that the real man would have too).

The play focuses on the mentor/student relationship that exists between famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko and his young assistant, Ken. Rothko believes that in order to create good art, one must constantly learn from—and about—the past and cultivate discerning taste.

As Rothko explains in the play to Ken:

You have a lot to learn, young man. Philosophy. Theology. Literature. Poetry. Drama. History. Archeology. Anthropology. Mythology. Music. These are your tools as much as brush and pigment. You cannot be an artist until you are civilized. You cannot be civilized until you learn. To be civilized is to know where you belong in the continuum of your art and your world. To surmount the past, you must know the past.

So, that being said…what artists, writers, philosophers, and works of art and literature make up Rothko’s “must-read” and “must-see” lists? We scoured the play and compiled a list that highlights what Rothko considers essential to being educated, civilized, and a good artist.

If you’d like to be well-read, Rothko suggests:

Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy
Freud
Jung
Byron
Wordsworth
Aeschylus
Turgenev
Sophocles
Schopenhauer
Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Yeats

If you’re looking for good music, Rothko suggests:

Mozart
Schubert

If you’re looking for good art, Rothko suggests:

Rembrandt
Turner
Michaelangelo
Matisse
Rothko (We’re serious. And so is he.)

How many of these artists and writers are you familiar with? What other great minds and artists would you add to Rothko’s list?

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Seattle Goes Red: Win cool prizes!

February 22nd, 2012 by Seattle Repertory Theatre
For example, our Arts Management Intern, Melissa Fagan, took this photo of Alexander Calder’s “Eagle” at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Winner of six Tony Awards, Red is a riveting drama that takes an insider’s look at abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko as he defends—and doubts—his life’s work after receiving the biggest commission in the history of modern art.

Seattle Goes Red: In honor of our upcoming production of Red—preview performances start this Friday, Feb. 24—we’re offering folks a chance to win a Red-inspired gift basket by sharing with us iconic images of red objects, landmarks, art, etc. in Seattle.

How do I participate in the “Seattle Goes Red” contest?

Take a photo of something that is red and just screams Seattle. And try your best to make it pretty (and by that we mean, it should be a photo that would impress Rothko!). So let your inner artist have some fun about town!

After you’ve shot your photo, post it on the wall of our Seattle Repertory Theatre Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win. (Make sure to leave a comment saying that you’re entering our competition too.)

What do I win? The Red Basket

- 2 tickets to Seattle Rep’s production of Red

- 2 passes to the Seattle Art Museum (they have two Rothkos you can check out!)

- $20 Red Robin gift certificate

- Six red velvet cupcakes from Cupcake Royale

- A red Seattle Rep mug

The contest begins on February 24 and runs through March 9. If you have any questions about the contest, just leave a comment on this post and we’ll get back to you.  We’ll select a winner on Tuesday, March 13. Good luck Red hunters!

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What did you think of Red?

February 22nd, 2012 by Seattle Repertory Theatre

No really, what'd you think? We'd love to know.

The opening night of Red is approaching fast! Preview performances start February 24, opening night is February 29, and we’d like to give you a place to share your thoughts about the show. So what’d you think? Leave a comment on this post and let us know how you feel.

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