So it’s the season for commissions — we’ve just launched 5 in Locally Grown and our 6th of the season begins previews tonight. We’ll be eager to hear many a reaction to The Kinsey Sicks’ ELECTILE DYSFUNCTION: THE KINSEY SICKS FOR PRESIDENT! But today’s posting is for those of us who’ve just seen a play about commissions; John Logan’s Tony-Award winning RED at Arena Stage starring the indomitable Edward Gero. In it, Gero plays Mark Rothko who’s received a lucrative commission and is endeavoring to complete it. Let’s ask the same questions of RED’s Rothko, that we asked of our Locally Grown playwright in this posting.
How’s the Seagrams Building/Four Seasons commission an albatross hanging around the artist’s neck? And why’s it critical for the artist?
How does this commission work? And how might it be counter-productive!
There’s certainly drama in this commission… So let’s hear your reactions to that drama — and to the production. All invited to respond!