Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko begins his most ambitious commission of his artistic career and hires a new assistant in order that they may devote themselves slavishly to his vision. Long before John Logan achieved fame as a screenwriter with "Gladiator" "Hugo", "Rango", "Coriolanus", the two latest James Bond films, and the TV show Penny Dreadful he made his name in the Chicago theater as a playwright and Red was his crowning achievement that made Hollywood come calling. Rothko was an artist who valued integrity, talent, and artistic truth above all else and Logan portrays him as equally admirable and loathsome. Ian, his at-first humble assistant, equally yearns to be Rothko and surpass him making Red an explosive piece, almost equally indelible on paper as it must have been on stage!

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ISBN: 9781840029444
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Published: Oberon Books - May 1st, 2010

Behold your antidote to US WEEKLY! John Lahr’s Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows is not interested in the business of show, extravagant celebrity lifestyles, or exorbitant salaries. Rather, it is concerned with the craft of writing and-or directing theatre and the formative experiences that give context to their art. Rather it’s to shed light on the craft and give greater context to the art. Whether it was Tony Kushner’s integration of the trifecta of Brecht, Shakespeare and Marx combined with a call to social action helped birth “Angels in America”; or the friendly, mild-mannered Midwestern upbringing coupled with the supernatural revelations of Ovid that gave us the fascinating plays of Sarah Ruhl. That’s not to say that such work is a pure straight line, but rather that instead of present the synergy between the artist’s life, personality and their ideas and how they manifest themselves in their work. That is truly where the magic lies.

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ISBN: 9780393246407
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2015

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Though Carson writes poetry at one desk and pursues classical studies at another, whatever she writes reflects the dual influence of her striking originality and her scholarly achievements. If less daring than some of her work, this translation of the Euripides play is lucid, graceful, and often breathtakingly lyrical. Beginning and ending with a Deus ex machine, Euripides and Carson present an alternative to the official story of Iphigenia. Yes, her father, Agamemnon, sacrificed her so the Greeks could get wind to sail to Troy. But she didn’t die—Artemis spirited her away to serve as her priestess. In the ironic mode favored by ancient deities, Iphigenia, the onetime sacrifice, is made responsible for overseeing other sacrifices, and when her exiled brother lands on her island, she’s compelled to offer him as a sacrifice. It’s never been simple to do the right thing.
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By Euripides, Anne Carson (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780226203621
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 10th, 2014

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